Hotels: Chez Britain

Some 1,200 employees of the Plaza Athénée, George V and La Trémoille luxury hotels marched last week past venerable haute couture and perfume houses along Paris' Avenue Montaigne. "We demand our heritage of great hotels," read one banner. A few hotel guests joined the protest of their chambermaids, valets, busboys and chefs. "Our hotels are among the most prestigious in the world," explained Monsieur Bougenaux, head concierge of Plaza Athenee. Now, he fears, all this is going to change.

The threat that the hotel employees see to the three Paris landmarks comes from the sale by their present owner, Madame...