Travel & Leisure Dec. 2002 did a big article on the new 'Palace' Hotel, where we are staying (with points, thank God), in May. It all sounds almost too trendy for me - I like more old-world atmosphere, but it's free, so I won't complain too loudly. Mentioned popularity of The Park, their fine dining restaurant & that chef was from Taillevent. Has anyone been there yet? Don't think I've seen any mention of it yet on this board. Thinking of having dinner there our first night as will will have driven in from Le Havre & Normandy Beaches & it will be late. If you have a negative opinion, do you have any really close bistro recommendations on Ave de la Paix / Place Vendome area?