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Both historic and chic, this intimate hotel has conserved the exposed beams and architectural details of the 17th-century building it inhabits. In a nod to the neighborhood’s literary roots, manuscripts and scrolls are tucked into niches in the walls, while neutral colors and cozy period touches give it the feel of a private home—perhaps that of an eminent editor. While the hallways are painted in somber shades of brown and beige, the rooms are bright and friendly, if small. If you need to stretch out, go for the deluxe room, which has space for a desk and chairs; there are a few connecting rooms for families.