Back in early March, after having been confirmed on a shoot in Paris, I was left with about a week to book a ticket and accommodations. Having had such a positive experience the last time I used Mr & Mrs Smith to reserve a hotel, I was confidant that I would find a special place to stay.

In the heart of Paris's lively 9th Arrondissement, the stylish Hotel Panache became my friendly home away from home. A cozy lobby area, looking out to Rue Geoffroy-Marie, was an ideal spot for an afternoon coffee break and chats with other hotel guests. David Lanher's adjacent restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; however, the hotel staff will gladly serve your caffeinated beverage of choice throughout the day, which can be enjoyed on the lobby's plush couches.

The hotel's playful design fits perfectly with the surrounding vibrance and energy of the neighborhood. With easy access to cafes, museums, historical monuments, shops and wine bars, one does not need to travel far to experience the joys of being in Paris. And with a sweet box of La Mere de Famille chocolates on arrival (a special Smith Extra, if booked via Mr & Mrs Smith), one might not even need to travel too far from the room itself.