On entering the Mistral, you feel the welcoming, rural-style ambience of the peaceful, relaxed hotel wash over you. It is like a verdant little gem lost in the middle of the city. Its main asset, and a significant one at that, is its fantastic inner courtyard, which is planted with flowers, shrubs, and bushes, and furnished with colourful tables and chairs. It looks like the kind of little courtyard you might find in a more Mediterranean setting and is a nice place to have breakfast. The rest of the communal spaces are also furnished in a similarly inviting and pretty fashion. There is a very inviting lounge in the lobby with a comfortable leather sofa and several armchairs to sit on. The parquet flooring is of a very high quality. The breakfast room has big picture windows overlooking the courtyard below, which is sure to grab your attention, and proves very popular with guests at breakfast time. On top of this, the welcome is very friendly and you feel worlds away from the suspicious looks, gloomy expressions, and stress with which you can often be confronted in Parisian hotels.