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Le Grand Duc
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Valenciennes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 November 2013

Le Grand Duc is not really an hotel, it's more of an experience. It is full of original and beautiful artwork, from the falling angels in the drawing room, to the small metal figurines that Philippe sculpts. Every part of the building and it's decor has been lovingly restored, collected or created by Philippe, and his creativity is reflected in everything. It is a stage set, but with real and tangible things. It is luxurious.. the bed was so comfy and the bed linen wonderful.. and Philippe makes you feel completely at home and relaxed in these amazing surroundings. It is somewhere I would really enjoy visiting again, there is so much to see!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

The recent restoration of this house and garden has made for a unique hotel especially for anyone with even a slight interest in art and design. All put together by Phillipe, who made us feel very welcome.
In addition to the interesting design our room was big, clean, warm and comfortable. We enjoyed dinner on each of our three evenings. The three course fixed menu was varied for anyone who did not fancy Phillipe's first suggestion. Good wine and cocktails also.
We had plenty of help to ensure that we had some fun things to do while staying in the area. Painted cows, Vimy Ridge, Nature Reserve, Mining History, Matiste Museum examples of the same.
We look forward to coming back to see things we missed

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

The hotel is an eclectic mix of antique and modern design which works perfectly. It reflects Phillipes, (the owner) heart and soul and his quirky ideas. He is a charming and very helpful host. The rooms are individual, breakfast filling and plentiful and dinner is delicious, catering for individual taste. Will definitely stay again and was sorry to leave.
Miss Marple and co. Xx

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Only one thing to say : go and feel the place !
Le Grand Duc, is a beautiful building full of the landlord spirit and soul.
You ll find there much more than an excellent B&B.
The atmosphere is delicious, so is the food and the landlord's friendliness .
An eclectic decorum invites to conversations, questionings, discoveries...
If you are in the area, check in The Grand Duc!

Room Tip: Ask for a view to the beautiful garden.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

It was a very pleasant stay. Owner of the hotel (speaking very good English) was always very friendly and hospitable. The building is beautifully renovated and rooms are big and cozy. Dinner was excellent! Recommended

Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

This was a family weekend to celebrate my birthday and what a wonderful gem. The house, although not in the town centre, was 3 floors of a mix of old, new and ecclectic collectables. The proprietor, Philippe, could not do enough to help. He spoke excellent English and booked taxis, restaurants and told us where to visit. He even arranged delivery of the most beautiful roses which were presented with excellent champagne. He even took the trouble to light a fire when it rained. The rooms are large with complimentary toileteries and all are different. A very friendly dog and cat add to the ambience.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

The owner Philippe welcomed us to our home for our five night stay carrying my bag to our room at the top of the hotel, he then walked back up with tea and coffee and produced wina on other days.

Our car was parked behind locked gates and we could relax in our stylish, meditative and comfortable bedroom with a great view of the garden and park beyond, the en-suites were large and chic. We were warned that if the windows were left open at night we might have avisitor, sure enough the resident cat hopped on the bed with us.

Downstairs the lounge and dining rooms are like a palace but you are invited to use them. There is also a spacious beautifull garden for before dinner aperitifs and wine or just reading in the sun or shade, an oasis in a big city.

Wewere introduced to Eddo Philippe`s labrador who will play ball anytime; there is a lily pond, plantings and quirky features which is an ongoing labour of love for Philippe as is the hotel.

Philippe is a mine of information about where to go and what to see. talking of mines the hotel was originally the mine owner`s house before the mines were closed. The house was a ruin when Philippe bought it and took eighteen months to restore.

we are great fans of the dod Eddo and philippe took us along when he took Eddo for his walk and swim in a nearby forest and lake. On the way back he took us to seethe renovated mine buildings, winding machines and houses. A lot of history.

There was great continnetal breakfast which kept us going all day. A tray was set up for me to take breakfast to our room when my husband was unwell.

The Dinner we had at The Grand Duc was gastronomic art and tasted divine the wine picked by Philippe was exquisite.

It`s easy to walk to the nearest shop across the road for local deliccieses the tram, shops, bars and cafes are only five minutes away.

I cannot recommend the Grand duc highly enough it is simply a jewel amongst hotels.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Grand Duc

Address: 104 avenue de Conde, 59300, Valenciennes, France
Region: France > Hauts-de-France > Nord > Valenciennes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Valenciennes
Price Range: £86 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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