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For years, Paris hotels came in roughly two categories: historic palaces and offbeat neighborhood charmers. Which was all fine and good until, suddenly, it wasn’t. In a matter of months, a slew of new properties launched, dramatically enhancing the Paris hotel scene. Just last year, the Shangri-La and Raffles’ Royal Monceau opened their doors, soon joined by the Mandarin Oriental and the Peninsula. And in the cozier category, a number of elegant, privately owned hotels popped up all over the city, offering a terrific alternative to super-luxury. Here, ten of our favorites.


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