I keep reading how "perfect" this hotel is, and, as I can agree with the accolades for the cleanliness of the hotel and the friendliness of the staff, the location is certainly a cause for concern for anyone who is in Paris to see the sites.
First, the good news:
The rooms in the hotel are immaculate. You will find 4 star amenities; boutique soaps, luffer pad, thick large bath towels, slip-on slippers. The shower is powerful and plenty of hot water. The bathrooms look new or renovated. The rooms are quiet-almost soundproof- a great feature. The mattress was very good, so the bed was comfortable.
Zayad, at the front desk, is a one-man comedy act, could be a stand-up immprov comic, An asset to the hotel, he's quick and funny and equally friendly and helpful.
Breakfast: average. If it's included with the room it's an ok. breakfast. In the basement breakfast room you'll find yogurt, croissants, fruit, make-your-own coffee from the press-the-button coffee machine. Nothing made-to-order, like omlettes are offered, but of course, not to be expected at a 3 star hotel.
Now the bad news:
The hotel is close to NOTHING! The front desk will claim it's a 5 minute walk to the Metro/Nations. Yes, if you are a sprinter or a runner. Quite honestly, for in- shape walkers like we are, it's a good 15 minute walk. Add that to an average 20-25 Metro ride, ( more if you must also change lines) to your destination back and forth to your hotel, and you have added quite a lot of travel time to your day. Also, be advised that the Nations Station (that most connects this area of Paris to others) is configured around a huge 4 block traffic circle, so it's very disorienting when you come out. Also, add another ten minutes to the hotel if you come out of the subway farthest from the hotel. We also tried taxis from the Grand Hotel Francais, and, as they are quite expense, we had a $35 taxi ride from the Eiffel Tower, for example.
We had booked this hotel for 6 nights with points from British Airways. The first night we were given a closet that they turned into a hotel room. My priorities when selecting a hotel are cleanliness and location, and really don't require space, as we don't spend much time in the room. But, this was ridiculous! When had to move the bed away from the wall to get in it. The toilet in the bathroom was practically in the bathtub! Smallest room/bathroom we have ever had-even MUCH smaller than an inside cabin/bath on a cruise ship. We asked for another room for the other 5 nights and were given a larger room, typical small European size, but perfectly fine. Unfortunately, the inside lock on our door did not work, and even after reporting this, it wasn't fixed, but we were grateful to have a bigger room, so we didn't make this an issue.
In leu of the location, we would not return to this hotel, even if it were offered again with points.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Paris
- Au Grand Hotel Francais