personally, i loved the hotel provincial. we did stay in the back building, #5 and though it had it's faults, i found it charming. my spouse on the other hand, found it dingy and stale. i think he's a snob. ok, when the toilet flushed in the next room, the shower went freezing. that was wierd. -but with 15-foot ceilings, chandeliers and an enormous balcony overlooking the french market, i can deal with a few faults. i like to call it "character." it sure beats your usual cookie-cutter McHotels!