Channeling Louis XVI in Languedoc-Roussillon, France
The phrase 'hand-me-down' isn’t usually an appealing description, but in the case of this centuries-old townhouse turned boutique hotel, it can only be a good thing. Baudon de Mauny's owners are the seventh generation to inherit the beautiful building, built in 1777 by one of Louis XVI's retinue, and it's been handled with care. This townhouse in the heart of Montpellier somehow condenses the palatial dimensions of a country château into a five-bedroom city-centre hotel. The key 18th-century features are still present — huge ceilings, intricate cornicing and incredibly detailed plasterwork, ancient and mighty doors—but the scent of history mingles with a smart contemporary air.