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Both historic and chic, this intimate hotel has conserved the exposed beams and architectural details of the 17th century building it inhabits. In a nod to the neighborhood’s literary roots, manuscripts and scrolls are tucked into niches in the walls, while neutral colors and cozy period touches give it the feel of a private home—perhaps that of an eminent editor. While the hallways painted in somber shades of brown and beige, the rooms are bright and friendly, if small. If you need to stretch out, go for the deluxe room, which has space for a desk and chairs to relax in; there are a few communicating rooms for families. Guests have use of loaner smart phones loaded with information and Internet access.