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Grand Hotel Francais
Ranked #107 of 1,797 Hotels in Paris
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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Modern decor, pretty good location, small rooms.”
Reviewed 25 February 2011

The hotel and rooms are nicely updated and modern but SMALL. But that's to be expected in Europe I guess. The elevator could fit 2 people tops, which was a squeeze for us and our bags. The bathroom was actually a decent size and very clean but the placement of the toilet was kind of comical. It was so close to the door that you felt like you were sitting in the other room. And it was mounted a bit high...I'm 5'7" and my feet were dangling while seated! It was actually kind of funny. The hotel was situated very close to two major metro stops, which was very convenient, and many restaurants and cafes were within walking distance. Free Wi-Fi was great as well.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

This hotel is really very nice- it's just all scaled back a little. The rooms are beautifully appointed, comfortable, and very clean and modern, but they are VERY small! If you are anything like my husband and I, this will not matter to you at all, as the hotel room really only serves us as a place to crash at night. We really don't like to spend too much time in our hotel room because we're always out seeing the sights. The room has all that we really needed- a mini-fridge, a desk, a very comfortable bed, a little bit of storage for our clothes and stuff, and a clean, beautifully done-up private bathroom, with a toilet, sink, and tub/shower combo. Floor space- not so much!
We had signed up for a deal where we got breakfast included in our rate. Although I would definitely stay at this hotel again in a heartbeat, the breakfast there is not something I'd do again. The quality of the food left something to be desired- not that it was bad, it was certainly edible and okay... it's just that in Paris you really want to be taking advantage of the amazing cuisine at every possible opportunity, and this stuff just tasted... store bought? Fake? I dunno, just not good. Next time I will forgo the meal there and pick up something at one of the many little places nearby instead. (Plus they serve the meal in the basement- a little depressing.)
Another thing worth mentioning is the location of this hotel. It is a little bit out of the city center, but there is a subway stop seconds away from the doors, so it is not really an issue. In about 15 minutes or so, you can be right down where all the action is (ie: Notre Dame, Louvre, etc.)
The staff are also very friendly and helpful! They spoke English, but were also very supportive of our efforts to scape by with our high-school level French skills! They even gave us some mini French lessons before we went out for the day to help us get around better! Everyday that we came downstairs to leave, they'd ask if we needed anything before we left (directions, maps, etc.) and if we did, they would thoroughly explain everything we needed, even giving us a map and drawing on it for us. Whenever we came back at night, they would give us a warm greeting, and make us feel very at home.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to be as close to the action in Paris as possible without spending a fortune.
Summary: Good Value, small yet comfortable room with all ammenities, mediocre breakfast, friendly, helpful staff, semi-convenient, quiet location. I'd recommend this place to anyone, and I'd stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2011

Just come back from there. A great hotel, very clean and modern inside. We would stay again. And the staff were very helpful and friendly!!!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2011

We stayed at the hotel for 2 nights for Valentines. The hotel was exactly as described on trip advisor. We stayed on the fourth floor in a fab room with a balcony. It had everything we needed - a double bed, wardrobe, power shower, hairdryer, toilet with soft closing seat! Complimentary slippers which were really nice after having a shower. A safe to put our important things in, a flat screen tv on the wall which had mostly French channels but also had CNN & BBC world news. The doors to the balcony were double glazed so we didn't notice the noise from the street when they were closed. Every morning the housekeeping changed towels etc. Breakfast was between 7am & 10am, as well as continental breakfast, we were offered tea/coffee & asked what room we were in, she'd also ask it in English if you struggled with speaking French. The hotel was open 24/7 so we could come back whatever time we liked. We went out all day & came back around 10pm. To go into Paris we used the the metro stop 'rue de boulets' which is a couple if mins walk from the hotel. To get to the cemetery 'Pere Lachise', we walked. From the hotel, it took us around 10/15 mins walk. You can also walk to the Bastille from the hotel, again only takes around 10/15 mins. It's full of restaurants, bars, cafes, takeout paninis/crepes, we decided to take a walk down there when we arrived as we didn't want to go far on our first night. Also on the way back is a mcdonalds!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2011

Just got back from the hotel. I really don't have anything bad to say. A few tiny improvements but nothing to stop me going back. as others have said easy location by metro so good transport links. Breakfast could do with some bread for toast as i don't feel the selection is big enough. Room was small but nicely decorated and well kept. Reception were really helpful, and always polite, no complaints at all. As others said Walls a little but I loved the comfy bed :0) would use this hotel again should I go back to wonderful Paris!!

  • Stayed February 2011
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Reviewed 16 February 2011

Having just returned from a 4 night stay at the Grand Hotel Francais, I had to write a review to sing its praises. From start to finish the wonderful and friendly staff made us feel right at home, from on arrival providing us with a map of resturaunts in the area (highly recommend Les Gallopins, just a short stroll away from the hotel) to helping me organise a birthday cake for my boyfriends birthday and having it placed in our room so he would get a nice surprise. Nothing is too much for the staff of this hotel and they will help you in any way possible.

The rooms are small, but this is Parisian style so we weren't shocked-they may be small but they are perfectly formed, with extremely comfortable beds and excellent bathroom with power shower, and cleaned to perfection every day. Breakfast was delicious, with a range of croissants, breads, cheeses, meats, and cereals with fresh tea, coffee and juices. There is also a little bar area with t.v where we sat one night and had a drink and a chat with the very lovely night porter that was on duty.

Location is excellent with Rue de Boulets metro stop a short walk from the hotel, and also Nation station which has a large selection of metro lines running from it, making the centre of Paris very accessible within 15-20mins. The RER A also runs from Nation to Marne La Valle for anyone wishing to go to Disneyland Paris. There are lots of charming resturaunts, bars, cafes and boulangeries in the area, as well as a small supermarket across the road from the hotel where you can purchase water, soft drinks etc.

If I could rate this hotel any higher I would- its an absolute gem-thank you once again for making our stay so enjoyable-I am already planning my next return to Paris and I will be back to the Grand Hotel Francais for sure! Wishing the hotel and its fabulous staff continued success! :-)

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 10 February 2011

This was the perfect option for a couple in their mid 20s for a visit to Paris before xmas.
The manager is probable one of the most helpfull I've ever met (especially dealing with cancelled flights during the snow) The hotel is very clean, Room was cosy and warm and the location is very near two metro lines: 'Nation' being very convienent for most attractions.
I would definately return :-)

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Francais
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:
#51 Romantic Hotel in Paris
#61 Best Value Hotel in Paris
#82 Business Hotel in Paris
#130 Family Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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