We chose the hotel Des Paris from a number available on the net as it was in the centre of Besancon (old town) however as we were driving, hadn't factored in the changes to the road system to make way for a new tram service. It took sometime to get to the hotel. The hotel itself is in an old building however it has been completely refurbished inside in to a modern establishment.
At check in we were met by a friendly enough lady who immediately advised that the room we had booked (non smoking non pet) was not ready it was about 4.30pm on a Sunday and they had another room to offer us. We were shown the other room which was on a short external balcony that required guests to go outside to access it. The original room as they stated was not made up we managed to get the cleaners to show us.
My partner had asked about a pot of tea upon arrival and was told in no uncertain terms to go to the Salon de Te nearby there were no tea making facilities in the room and this appears to becoming more common across France.
The room offered was relatively large, clean and very modern, the bed was hard and the pillows not the best either.
We opted for breakfast on one of the mornings of our stay however it was a fairly spartan spread so we chose to eat out the other morning. On check out they attempted to bil us for breakfast on both days of our stay.
We are unlikely to use the hotel again as Besancon was really only a base to look a other smaller towns and areas nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the 18th century this hotel used to be a coaching inn and it represents a History lesson in itself. It was called the “Hôtel de France” and became the “Hôtel de Paris” in 1855. It was the favourite address for a large number of learned persons from the higher realms of culture and politics. Even the stones have retained the memory of Prosper Mérimée who stayed here in 1836, of Jules Michelet the famous historian, and even of George Sand and Colette the unforgettable women writers. From this prestigious place the visitor can find the most remarkable monuments and museums.It is also the starting point for nice walks in the historical town centre, hemmed in by the loop of the river Doubs.The setting gives the feeling of a lively inhabited residence where spring generates a delicious woody smell, rising up from the two inner yards, with their totally safe car parks situated at the back of the buildings. On the shaded terrace the visitor enjoys a luxurious moment of calm and can have a quiet breakfast or relax after a busy day. The view on the roof tops and on the forts which surround the town is fascinating. The sun glows into the quiet yards where the fifty rooms have been totally restored to offer a special moment beyond time. With its contemporary and ancient styles which coexist in harmony, the hotel breathes a real atmosphere of serenity. One will appreciate the particular attention paid to the comfort of the bedrooms. The cosy lounges offer original spaces to rest and meditate and the fitness room is the good idea to keep up one’s form. Two well equipped rooms allow people to organize events and conferences in very good conditions.Thanks to the young and dynamic new owners with their good elegant taste, this “hotel de charme” has become a spirited place with its three star service. It is now a jewel in the heart of Besançon. ... more less
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