The intertwined stories of the employees and guests in a fine hotel the St. Gregory, in New Orleans. There is the aging owner and his manservant in law school, the manager with the nasty secret, the secretary, the garbage man, the sous-chef, the teen heiress, the duke and the duchess and the poor sickly old man.
The overlapping stories are easy to follow, and I read it quickly. Many of the stories and characters were entertaining.
However, it is very dated. The main conflict is whether the hotel should be integrated as far as the guests go. The protagonist is the hotel manager, Peter McDermott, and he has wretched morals. If this were written today, he would be the the villain. He doesn’t defend the African American guests who are attempting to attend a dentist’s convention. He capitulates to the bigoted owner of the hotel. Plus, he seriously considers having an affair with a teenager.
It was disturbing and not worth reading unless for scholarly or historical purposes.