Excellently priced, considering its super-central location, this is an unflashy, understated hotel, done up in can’t-go-wrong, classic-contemporary style. The communal areas are inviting and warm: the lounge has an elegant, comfortable sofa and armchairs, a cluster of 20th-century paintings, refined dark-walnut furniture and parquet floors. The 40 rooms and three suites are more restrained, colourwise, and dominated by beds with tall brown headboards. There’s nothing radical or envelope-pushing within these historic walls; rather, Thérèse’s strength is in its address, right in the heart of the Right Bank, an easy walk from Place Vendôme, the Louvre and rue St-Honoré. In spite of this, it also feels removed, far from the maddening crowds, hidden in a narrow side street down which traffic rarely flows.