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The Zephyr gets overlooked by many visitors because it's not in the crowded Old Quarter, but its slightly out-of-the-way location can also be an advantage. It's just a few steps from Hoan Kiem Lake and on the fringe of the French Quarter, where the broad boulevards make for pleasant strolling. With its small size (just 43 rooms and 9 floors), staff are able to offer guests personal attention, and the spacious rooms are bright and carpeted, with tasteful wooden furnishings, bamboo screens over the windows, and paintings by local artists. The top-floor lounge bar, with potted plants and ceramics on display, plus tasty buffet breakfasts in the restaurant add to this hotel's appeal.