Many Parisian hotels have recently been given a new lease of life. And whether they’re a boutique offering or part of a revamped chain, their aim is the same; to become a place where people want to spend time rather than just providing a bed for the night. Lobbies and restaurants are therefore increasingly open to locals as well as guests, helping to create a buzz that people want to be part of.

“Communal spaces have become places to socialise where hotel guests and locals are welcomed especially during special events,” says Donet. The Shangri-La Hotel in Paris, for example, has debuted a seasonal pop-up bar dedicated to the golden age of China’s Song dynasty with specially created food and cocktails.