Maybe it’s the smiling young staff in jeans, or the ecological ethos, but there’s something alternative in the air at this adorable boutique hotel on the Canal St-Martin. While the rooms are on the small side, they are light and airy, with lots of blonde wood and clean lines; all look out on the tree-lined canal. When you check in, you’ll be handed an iPad loaded with information and apps on Paris. Minibar and a delicious buffet breakfast are included in your room rate.