I can't say enough good things about Hotel Verneuil. It's in the heart of Paris, yet tucked away in an amazingly quiet side street. Literally a five-minute walk from the Louvre, shopping, restaurants, metro, and bus. If you truly want the ambience of the Left Bank, you'll love Verneuil. Comfortable bed, crisp linens, cozy yet stylish decor -- and scrupulously clean. A lovely haven after a long flight or a long day of sightseeing. I travel alone and have never felt anything less than totally safe and secure there, which is worth a lot to me.
The staff are always friendly and always helpful, day or night, and thank heavens everyone speaks English, because my French often fails me. Breakfast is always good, fresh, and ample, and the ancient, stone-arched cellar makes an awesome breakfast-room. The lounge -- with fireplace and plenty of overstuffed seating -- is a wonderful place to relax and have a glass of wine.
Yes, the rooms are small, but, again...if you want a true Paris Left Bank hotel, this is it.