Five of the best small hotels in Paris

05/31/2016 05:25 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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(c) Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

There are endless accommodation options in Paris - so many that it's hard to know where to start when looking for a hotel. Here, The Good Hotel Guide selects their top five from their collection of hotels in Paris: all are independently owned, offer great value for money and offer an authentic sense of the city, both past and present.

1. Grand Hotel Malher

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(c) Grand Hotel Malher

Family run for three generations, the Grand Hotel Malher offers modern and bright rooms, a lobby lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a breakfast room in a cellar dating from the 17th century. The location in the trendy Marais district is fantastic, and the staff couldn't be more welcoming.

2. Hotel de Varenne

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(c) Hotel de Varenne

Set in a grand 19th century building, Hotel de Varenne offers elegant rooms in Louis XVI and Empire style; most look out onto the charming courtyard garden. Breakfast is served in the wood-panelled dining room or in the garden in fine weather. The Musᅢᄅe Rodin is only three minutes' walk away; the Jardin des Tuileries just 15 minutes away.

3. Hotel Chopin

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(c) Hotel Chopin

The modest Hotel Chopin offers charm and historic significance (it's a listed historic monument) at a reasonable rate. It stands at the end of a glass-roofed 19th-century arcade with shops, near the junction of boulevards Haussmann, Montmartre and des Italiens, and has been open for business every day since 1846. The rooms are small but quiet; the best are those on upper floors with views of the rooftops of Paris.

4. Hotel de la Bretonnerie

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(c) Hotel de la Bretonnerie

Set in a 17th-century former townhouse on a side street in the Marais, the rooms at Hotel de la Bretonnerie offer an equal mix of history and romance: although on the small side (typical for Paris), they all retain period features, such as exposed wooden beams, fabric wallcoverings and/or four-poster beds. Breakfast can be served in the room or in the vaulted dining room. The Notre-Dame Cathedral is only a 15-minute walk away.

5. Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

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(c) Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

Named after the 18th century playwright who lived close by, Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais in the Marais has elegant rooms furnished with antiques and chandeliers; attic rooms have private balconies with rooftop views. The lobby has tapestries, old opera programmes, an Erard piano (1792) and an antique card table with hand-made cards, and there's a charming breakfast rooms with exposed stone walls.