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With A Smile: The World's 10 Best Urban Bed And Breakfasts (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/ 2/2012 7:38 am   Updated: 03/ 2/2012 7:38 am

Everyone has watched this scene: The alienated traveler enters a cold cliche of a hotel room and stares out at the unblinking lights of the monolithic city. Too often, the audience empathizes with this character rather than scolding him for being a fool. There is no reason to feel alone in the crowd and simple ways to avoid becoming that guy. One easy trick, eschew the big hotels in favor of an urban B&B.

BedandBreakfast.com has released its survey of the world's best metropolitan guesthouses and the results make a persuasive argument for finding a room that offers luxury without anonymity. It feels better, after all, to ask an innkeeper for local advice over breakfast than it does to solicit wisdom from the concierge. Though there is nothing wrong with a big hotel, there is a lot to be said for being immersed in a more neighborly environment, for being a tourist while enjoying the lifestyle of a local.

And it isn't exactly like these luxe properties demand that travelers rough it or compromise. They offer amenities of all kinds and personalized service to boot. Whether your in Boston, San Francisco or Paris, consider forgoing room service in favor of personal service.

Photos and captions courtesy of bedandbreakfast.com

Bonne Nuit - Paris
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Experience life in the heart of Le Marais district of Paris when you stay at Bonne Nuit, a B&B originally built in 1609 that still maintains a feeling of "old Paris." It's located on the right bank, just across from The Latin Quarter, and full of architectural marvels. You'll be within easy walking distance of a large variety of cafes and restaurants, cinemas, bars, jazz clubs, and museums such as the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. It's also walking distance from Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Bastille, Saint Paul Village, and local markets. The Metro and bus stops are just a few minutes' walk from the inn, which can take you on a short ride to other sites such as The Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, and Champs Elysées.
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