|Subject: Hotel Levesque|
Although I'm sure that by now everyone has gotten the word on this
hotel, I just had to put in my 2 cents' worth. We stayed here a
ouple of years ago, again based on the Rick Steves recommendation,
and would not recommend it to anyone. They are definitely resting
comfortably in their fame and have become very impersonal. The thing
that we really hated about it though was that it was impossible to go
for a mid-afternoon rest without dealing with the maid and her
schedule. We got the impression that she did all rooms on the
floor at once because the vaccuum cleaner stretched the entire length
of the hall--it was very hard not to trip on it. Even though we were
there (IN BED) she insisted that she had to do her work and told us
to get up and go out because the weather was so nice! Since my
husband is French, he was able to converse with her but I just
pretended to sleep while she stared and waited for me to wake up.
This was not a fluke of one day, but happened several times during
our stay for the week.
Also, this hotel is filled with Americans--you might as well stay
Rick used to recommend Hotel Castex in the Marais, which was
exceptionally hospitable because of the owners, who have now moved
on. I have not heard anything about it since but it is in an
excellent location for exploring the 3rd and 4th arrondisements.