Subject: Paris Hotel
Bill Taylor, who used to write a travel column for the Toronto Star, has a favourite Paris hotel and for quite some time, refused to let anyone know which one it was.

I actually sent him an e-mail begging him to tell me and he finally did as follows:

It's the Grand Hotel des Balcons, 3 rue Casimir-Delavigne. Phone 011-33-1 4634-7850; fax 4634-0627. They speak English.

Here's some other hotel information that I have on file for Paris:

Ibis, a chain of ultra-modern, elevator-equipped, brilliantly designed new budget hotels, enables every visitor to stay in a thoroughly modern, if small, room with private bath for an average expenditure of 450 to 500 francs ($72 to $83) per double room per night. Though Ibis hotels aren't found in the center of the city, they are in perfectly acceptable neighborhoods almost never more than 10 minutes away by metro from the Louvre or St. Germain des Pres. Just three short blocks from the Place de Bastille is a particularly massive, 300-room Ibis whose facilities challenge those of hotels charging twice as much, in a futuristic building block completed within the past 10 years. For more information or for reservations, you can call the U.S. number of Accor Hotels, parents of the Ibis chain, at 800/221-4542.

Ibis Gare de L'est, 197-199 rue La Fayette, 10th arr. Tel. 4465-7000, fax 4465-7007; air conditioned, 165 rooms, parking, single $60, double $65; Ibis Gare de L'Est Boulevard de Strasbourg, 6 rue Saint Laurent, 10th; 4038-0505, fax 4205-7116; 68 air conditioned rooms, bar, parking, single $64, double $68, features a relaxing lobby on a quiet little lane. Ibis La Fayette, 122 rue La Fayette, 10th, 4523-2727, 70, fax 4246-7379; air conditioned rooms, single $62, double $69. Ibis Republiique, 9 rue Leon Jouhaux 10th, 4240-40-1112; fax 42-4011-12. 67 rooms, steps from place de la Republique and easy stroll to Opera. A handsome grey townhouse dating from 1896. Single $62, double $66. Ibis Jemmapes Louis Blanc, 12 rue ouis Blanc, 10th., 4201-2121, fax 4208-2140. Tucked onto a very quiet side street neaer a canal lined with modern aparatment houses, completely renovated. Unexceptional but pleasant, and near bouldevard La Fayette, single $60, double $67. Ibis Bastille, 15 rue Breguet, 11th; 4929-2020, fax 4929-2030. Has bar, restaurant, parking, aan easy walk to place de la Bastille, place des Vosges and Marais. Near nightlife along rue de la Roquette and rue de Lappe. Single $64, double $71. Ibis Gare de Lyon, 41-43 ave. Ledru Roltin, 12th, 5302-3030, fax 5302-3031. 119 ac rooms, parking. Among the grand town houses along a big bustling thoroughfare. Picturesque little side streets. Ibis Porte de Clichy, 17th 163 bis, avenue de Clichy, 4025-2020, fax 4025-2600. 700 ac rooms, bar, restaurant, parking, biggest and newest, not too far from Montmartre. Big with tour groups, offers 3-star amenities at 2-star prices, including a swimming pool. Single $62, double $76-$90. Ibis Sacre Coeur, 100 blvd. Rochechouart, 18th, 4606-9917, fax 4255-4226. 68 rooms, bar. An intimate choice with an excellent loction amid tourist buses and souvenir shops. 19th century townhouse has nice views from 9th floor rooms. Single $55, double $60.

LEFT BANK: Ibis Cambronne Tour Eiffel, 2 rue Cambronne, 15th, 4061-2222, fax 4061-2121. 523 rooms, bar, restaurant, just off place Cambronne, 8 floors of modern white tile, near Invalides and Musee d'Orsay. Single $65, double $72. Ibis Alesia, 49 rue des Plantes, 14th, 4044-5051, fax 4044-5344. 264 ac rooms, bar, restaurant, parking. Just off rue d'Alesia, a major shopping street. Single $60, double $65. Ibis Place D'Italie, 25 ave. Pichon, 13th, 4424-9485, fax 5656-6231. 58 rooms, on a peaceful residential street, Single $63, double $66.

Bijou Hotel, 15, Rue Victor Grifffuelhes, 92100 Boulogne Billancourt; Tel Fax Metro Exit: Marcel Sembat (ligne No 9). Very nice rooms, double $50.

Hotel de Lille, 8 rue du Pelican (1st arrond. Right bank) 4233-3342. Private room with bath $37.50. Sink, shower and toilet $43 doubles. 13 rooms, seven with private bath, no elevaator, no phones. New coat of paint, near Palais Royasle and Louvre. Cheery, place. Rooms on couryard are very quiet.

Hotel Tiquetonne, 6 rue Tiquetonne, 2nd arr., right bank)4236-9458, fax 4236-0294. $31.double with private bath.

Hotel de la Herse d'Or, 20 rue Saint-Antoine, 4th arr. (Right bank). 4887-8409, fax 4887-9401. Double room with private bath $39.

Hotel Garden, 1 rue du General-Blaise, 11th (right bank), 4700-5793, fax 4700-4529. Private room with bath $45.

Les Argonautes, 12 rue de la Huchette, 5th arr. (Left bank), 4354-0982, fax 4407-1884. Double with private bath $40-$60.

Grand Hotel Leveque, 29 rue Cler, 7th arr. (Left bank) 4705-4915, fax 4750-4936. Double room with private bath $55.

Hotel Pasteur, 33 rue du Docteur-Roux, 15th arr. (Left bank)4783-5317, fax 4566-6239, double with bathroom $48.

Hotel Bonsejour, 11 rue Burq, 18th arrond. Montmartre; o1/4254-2253. Metro: Abbesses. 34 rooms, nine with sink and shower, 26 with sink, all with shared toilet facilities. No elevator, no phones. Doubles, sink and shower $36, breakfast, $3.50. Rooms spacious, well kept and smack in the middle of Montmartre. Best views are from corner rooms: 23,43,33,53, which have nice balconies where you can have your breakfast. High-quality mattresses. Shared facilities are immaculate and cleaned frequently.

Hotel du Sejour, 36 rue du Grenier St-Lazare, 3rd, arr., the Marais; 01-4887-4036. 20 rooms about half with private bath, no elevator, no phones. Doiubles with shower, sink and toilet $48. Sunny, cheerful rooms, staff friendly. Lodgings are simple but clean. Spacious rooms are quiet. Pompidou Center down the street and many museums of the Marais are within easy walking distance.

Hotel Eldorado, 18 rue des Dames, 17th arr. Batignolles, 01-4522-3521. Metro: Place de Clichy. 33 rooms most with private bath; no elevator, doubles $48, breakfast $5. In one of Paris' more happening neighborhoods, very artsy hotel and neighborhood. The nicest and largest rooms are in the back building, with high ceilings and garden views. Great little bistro on ground floor.

Hotel Le Petit Chatelet, 9 rue St.-Denis, 1st arr. Chatelet/Les Halles, 01-4233-3231. Doubles $55, breakfast $4.75. A tiny hotel, hidden amongst a string of restaurants, a real gem. 11 spacious rooms, each imaginatively decorated with African and South Asian motifs. Rooms recently redone, Spotless bathrooms have showers. Book early as popular with musicians who play in area. Rooms have large windows that let in some street noise.

Hotel Saint-Honore, 85 rue St.-Honore, 1st. Arr., Chataelet/Louvre; 01-4236-2038. Metro: Louvre-Rivoli or Les Halles. 29 rooms all with private bath, no elevator. Doubles $59-$66, breakfast $4. Strategically placed between the Louvre and Chatelet, just below Les Halles and just above the Ile de la Cite, a dream location, all the rooms have just been renovated in a simple, modern manner, new

bathrooms are equipped with hair-dryers. Rooms in the back are quiet.

Hotel du Septieme Art, 20 rue St-Paul, 4th arr. The Marais; 01-4454-8500. Metro: St-Paul. 23 rooms, all with private bath, no elevator, doubles $62-$106. Breakfast $6.25. Rooms are clean and well lit, but carpets spotted, furniture worn. Bathrooms small but newer and tiled. Fabulous location on a tiny street in village St-Paul, minutes from Place des Vosges, Marais, Ile St-Louis and Notre Dame.

Hotel Residence Villiers, 68 Avenue de Villiers, 17th arr. Villiers/Parc Monceau; 01-4227-1877. 30 rooms all with private bath. Doubles $63-$65. Breakfast $5.50. Attractive hotel in a residential area that doesn't see many tourists, so rates low. Soundproofed rooms and mellow atmosphere All rooms in tip-top condition and are spacious.

Hotel Excelsior, 20 rue Cujas, 5th arr. Latin Quarter, 01-4634-7950. Metro: Cluny-La Sorbonne, 66 rooms, all with private bath. Doubles $64-$68. Breakfast $5.50. Nothing fancy or charming, simple utilitarian, modern accommodations that are fresh and well maintained. Street noise is minimal. Rooms varied for size and shapes. Some bathrooms have minimal privacy. Check room before accepting.