Set in Balzac’s 19th-century mansion, this refurbished hotel is just a minutes’ walk from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. You can sit on the large sofas in the chic lounge and relax with a cocktail. Free WiFi is provided. Hotel Balzac offers rooms and suites with soft lighting and a neoclassical décor. Each one has a seating area with an LCD TV and a minibar, while some also include a DVD player. Some also include views of Paris or the courtyard. Both a continental and buffet breakfast are served under the drawing room’s glass ceiling every morning. You can also sample gourmet cuisine in the Michelin-awarded restaurant, managed since 1996 by the chef Pierre Gagnaire. Private parking and babysitting services are available with an extra cost in this hotel. George V Metro Station is 210 m from the property and provides direct access to the Louvre Museum.