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Grand Hotel Francais
Ranked #101 of 1,803 Hotels in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 April 2012

This is a great little hotel in a convenient location. The staff were excellent, the hotel was very clean, the wifi was free and worked well, and by the standards of most hotels in this price range the breakfast was very good. As others have commented, the rooms are a bit small. I only stayed two nights and was travelling solo, so this wasn't a problem, but it would have been very crowded for two people and for a longer period. No major criticism of the hotel; the toiletries were not replenished when the room was cleaned, the TV doesn't have any English language channels and the lift was labouriously slow! And oh yes ... I also missed out on the wine and truffles that others seem to have been given! Would I go back? Probably not, but only because I like experiencing different hotels, but I would certainly recommend it for a short stay in Paris.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

I stayed at this hotel after looking at the reviews here and other places. It certainly lives up to its reviews. The staff were all fantastic, spoke excellent English and really helped out where ever they could. Zaid helped out with a travel adapter and gave us advice on where to go as it was raining a lot. The hotel was probably the best part of the trip. Although the room was small - it is typical of Paris. The sheets and towels were changed on a daily basis and the cleanliness was good.
Although it fronts on a main road, the noise wasn't so high as the room had double glazing and it was sound proofed...

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My wife and I have stayed in Paris many times over the last thirty years - in budget hotels and high end places when I have been travelling on business.

We stayed at the Grand Hotel Francais for two nights at the beginning of a two week trip to Brittany and the Loire. I had read good reviews on Trip Advisor and although I was somewhat uneasy that the location was away from the centre where we usually stay, I was pleasantly surprised. It a two minute walk to Place de la Nation which is a major Metro hub and has RER trains as well. There are some decent restaurants around the square and in the nearby streets which are less expensive than places on the other side of Place de la Bastille.

We were both very impressed by the friendly service. Everyone spoke excellent English but they were considerate enough to allow us to stumble in our inadequate French and responded slowly and carefully. We got good advice about restaurants in the area and a map showing their locations.

When we arrived and they saw how much luggage that we had, the manager tried to upgrade us to a larger room but they did not have one available so they offered to store things that we did not need in the room in their luggage room. In fact the room was quite roomy (especially by Paris standards) and we were able to get by without doing this. Everything was immaculately clean and the bathroom was modern and met all our needs. The bed was a comfortable queen size and the room was at the side of the hotel away from the noise of Boulevard Voltaire. When we returned from dinner on our second night, there were two small bottles of wine and a box of chocolate truffles on the bed.

At 120 euros a night with breakfast this is remarkable value for Paris. We will be back again for sure.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the side street, it will be quieter
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

The Grand Hotel Francais, 223 Boulevard Voltaire, Paris was a true 'find'. It is within easy walking distance of both the Metro system and the RER rail system.
The staff members were superb and it was clear that they wanted your visit to be as enjoyable and special as possible. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff members [particularly the gentleman on reception with dark hair and gold rimmed glasses]; from providing UK compatible adaptors to recommending a true Parisian bistro or restaurant.
We included breakfast within our weekend package; the breakfast room is compact and friendly and has a good selection of food [from cheeses and meats to pastries and cereal] and I would recommend taking the opportunity of starting the day this way.
Our room was clean and welcoming; with a complimentary bottle of wine upon our arrival [lovely touch] and the bed was extremely comfortable. The added advantage of this hotel is that there is a refrigerator in the room [neatly hidden in one of the bedside cupboards] so if you are celebrating, there is a convenient place to store that bottle of bubbly!
The bathroom was clean and modern [with a corner shower]. I would definitely recommend this hotel and I hope to return there very soon.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We recently spent 5 nights at the Grand Hotel Francais and were extremely pleased with all aspects of our stay, especially the room and the staff. Zyad was very helpful to two non-French speaking Americans. His knowledge of Paris and the French culture really helped us on this initial visit to the city. We would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

We arrived at the Grand Hotel Francais after spending over 24 hours travelling from Australia and upon arrival the man at the desk, Nicholas, was friendly, helpful and also spoke English. He was also able to recommend some great restaurants and places to drink in the area.

Our room was on the first floor up the tiny spiral staircase and although small compared to Australian hotel room sizes, it was more than adequate for our stay and very clean. Importantly, the bathroom had a shower with excellent water pressure which made for a great shower after the travel.

The bed was very comfortable and our room had a cute French balcony which allowed you to open the window to let in fresh air as well as see the action on the street. Even being close to the street, the room was very quiet apart from the occassional rumble of the metro as it went past.

As for the location, it was about a 2min walk to the closest metro station which made seeing the sites and accessing the city centre easy and on Saturday morning as we were leaving, it appeared like there was some sort of flea market being set up outside on the street.

All in all an excellent experience!

Room Tip: If you are easily affected by noise when you sleep, ask for a room higher up from the street.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We were apprehensive about choosing the right place and our research paid off, we found the Grand Hotel Francais. Excellent value, friendly family team, super-clean, modern facilities, great location. Don't delay, book today.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 223 Boulevard Voltaire | 11th Arr., 75011 Paris, France
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Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#40 Best Value Hotel in Paris
#51 Romantic Hotel in Paris
#82 Business Hotel in Paris
#130 Family Hotel in Paris
Price Range: £81 - £175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel Francais 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Its individually decorated and personalized guestrooms and suites are soundproofed and offer elegant accommodation. Each room has air-conditioning, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi internet access. The well-equipped rooms feature contemporary decor and warm colours. The bathrooms include a massaging shower or bath. The Grand Hotel Français is situated in Place de la Nation, near Place de la Bastille, the fashionable Marais district and the lovely district near the Canal Saint Martin. ... more   less 
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Au Grand Hotel Francais

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