Previously under the InterContinental umbrella, the Ramada Plaza still retains the trappings of a five-star western hotel: a large atrium entrance and a comfortable lobby area with a series of upmarket shops including a travel agent, art gallery and newsagent with a range of international publications on sale. The health club and spa are particularly impressive, and there are several restaurants and bars offering a wide but costly selection of food and drink. You can rightly assume that the hotel has lost some of its lustre but standards here are still high and the Ramada remains a good choice. Service is friendly and accommodating and the employees speak good English, too. We think the 228 rooms are probably due a refurb but the existing décor is tasteful and the suites on the top floors are truly spectacular, not least the Royal suite. The Ramada is in a quiet location off the main drag so it’s not ideal for those doing business on the Left Bank; part of the reason, perhaps, it has been eclipsed by the newer Radisson and Rixos in recent years.