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“Contemporary take on a bygone Era”
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Le Grand Balcon
Ranked #8 of 130 Hotels in Toulouse
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 August 2012

There are a few ways to get to Le Grand Balcon Hotel in Toulouse, and, if it is your first visit... Get some one to take you there. With a rental car and a map, it looked easy.... but...that is deceiving. City blocks with their tiny streets are designed similar to spokes on a wheel-Narrow at one end and widening at the other. It can be very disorientating if home towns are designed on a grid pattern,such as our own in South Africa. Also, maps don't show how many streets are, one way, and, it's not fun driving down a street once you're 'lost' and it says, "for bicycles, only!"
Having said, 'that we had a challenge finding the hotel', all was forgiven and forgotten on our arrival.The friendly and efficient staff whisked through the check in procedures, and soon we were up to our rooms.
The decor is modern and provoking. Walls are dark in the corridors and lighting is dim, creating a theatrical ambiance filled with mystery. In the main salon chic black and white leather and lamps with old fashioned black and white photographs of flying memoribilia take your thoughts down memory lane to the wonderous feats of those first adventurers.
Comfort is utmost in the rooms with every need taken care of. Mini Bar, Wi Fi, ample sockets for phone chargers, computers and hairdryers... and anything else required. 750 channels on the television will make it easy to find a programme of interest.it's facinating being surrounded by historical features with all the conveniences of the 21st century.
Help was at hand when we needed to find out about shopping, site seeing and eating out. Note, the excursion to the flight centre museum was not possible, as, there was a three week waiting time. it was fully booked, so, plan ahead, if that should be on your itinerary.
The hotel is situated next to the Capitole, which houses the City Hall and Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, featuring the Opera Company and symphony orchestra.
The square is for pedestrians only, and there is a daily market filled with interesting people and
wares for sale. It is a short walk to the shopping area including Galleries Lafayette, or on to a square filled with restuarants and the famous Monsieur George Restuarant, with fine French cuisine.
Although, our stay in Toulouse was short, it was made comfortable and very pleasant by our stay at Le Grand Balcon Hotel

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

Stayed here for one night and absolutely loved it. The location is great although there was a lot of construction so it was tough to get to the hotel with a car. But once we made it, it was great. The staff is helpful and the service was good. I loved the room, which was super modern and comfortable. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

We stayed for two days while in Toulouse And found this a chic and comfortable hotel. It is in clOse proximity to the city square and shopping. The staff is very accommodating and food is great as well.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

We vere upgraded to room 317, and nice medium sized room facing the street. L'occitan products, good bed and a good tv with docking made the stay good. The breakfast is good compaired to many other french hotels, and the staf is efficient (the few we met). The location is great, the minibar is complimentary but there are some street noise( drunk people). All in all a good choice in Toulouse.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

My husband and I had built up some anticipation for our stay at this hotel. Let´s just say that things did not start off too well. The service was a tad chilled and the impression our room gave us did not send us swooning.

The location of the hotel, on the other hand, was most ideal, the facade rather maginificent and the view over the city square , quite impressive.

The bathroom was rather simple but clean. In general, much of our time in Toulouse was not spent in the hotel as the ambience was a little lacking even though it is obviously styled and modernised to a high level.

We had hoped to try more than just breakfast a tthe hotel but the lounge areas did not seem very inviting. perhaps the call of the city was too strong for us. However, if location in Toulouse city is sought after, then the Grand Balcon is very ideal and convenient.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SWJamms
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

Le Grand Balcon is a modern upscale hotel in the heart of Toulouse. The center of the city is out the front door and the waitstaff are very accomidating. The hotel is a great combination of aviation history with very modern rooms. If you're looking for a unique upscale hotel in Toulouse, le Grand Balcon is the best that I've seen.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

I had a lovely stay at the Grand Balcon Hotel. It was very expensive but a nice hotel for the price. Also, based on the reviews, I was given a quiet room on the top floor with A/C. While it felt a bit like being stuck in the attic, I never heard any street noise and the a/c worked well enough that it wasn't too hot. The bathrooms and lobby are great. I would stay here again. It is conveniently located, well apointed, and well serviced.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Le Grand Balcon

Address: 8 rue Romiguieres | on Capitole place, 31000, Toulouse, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Haute-Garonne > Toulouse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Toulouse
#9 Romantic Hotel in Toulouse
#12 Business Hotel in Toulouse
Price Range: £95 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Grand Balcon 5*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Legendary Hotel from the 30's, LE GRAND BALCON re opened in its historical location in the center of Toulouse, Place du Capitole. Real embodiment of the french airmail history and its famous pilots, such as Saint Exupery, Mermoz, and Guillaumet. The design associates luxury and charm in a poetic yet modern signature evocating the dreams and the freedom of these pioneer pilots. ... more   less 
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