Paris is a melting pot for those who are both hot and cold, but for some of the city’s most ardent fans of the French capital, there’s a special place in their hearts for the St. James Hotel.
In an attempt to keep a steady stream of guests at the hotel, the hotel has developed a “hot” and “cold” area for guests to gather, where they can be seen drinking tea and drinking champagne.
The St. Joes have become the go-to spot for a lot of Parisians to party when it’s time to do so, with one Parisian describing the hotel as a “wonderland”.
But for others, the St James Hotel is a place to be avoided at all costs.
The hotel has been the subject of a series of negative press stories over the years, with guests from all walks of life saying the St Joes are “racist”, “sexist”, and even “homophobic”.
In recent years, there have been some major incidents of violence against the hotel.
Last year, a man stabbed a security guard at the St Andrews Hotel, and two years earlier, a group of anti-fascist protesters smashed windows at the bar and hurled rocks at security.
This summer, a fire at the Hotel de Ville was started by a group who believed the StJoes to be the “opposite of a nightclub”.
Parisians are now protesting at the venue, as they are at many other bars and clubs across the city, as well as at other establishments in Paris that they believe host “protest events”.
But in recent years the St Johns have become a favourite spot for Parisians looking for a relaxing and friendly atmosphere, particularly when it comes to the stinking, stinking water that has become a symbol of the capital.
Many Parisians who have stayed at the stanleys hotels in the past, are hoping to be able to return to their hometown once again and enjoy a drink with friends and family in a place that was once a paradise for them.
But for some Parisians, the stans is a nightmare.