In the 90's the term ' Retro Chic' came into the vocabulary as a way of describing establishments that catered to people who wanted to be seen, but not seen. These hotels were rarely 5star.
I have come to Levant for donkeys years and have never enjoyed a place more.
The reason is the level of education of the owners, who in turn have as clients their friends, also educated. Would you believe that there are actually French people who speak more than French!
The median age is 40ish, but so open were the other guest that this man of a mere 69 was made to feel welcome.
If you can understand what I am saying between my teeth-BOOK