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“Modern somewhat quirky Arts hotel.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel de Paris

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Hotel de Paris
Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Besancon
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“Modern somewhat quirky Arts hotel.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

Very comfortable, charming, hotel in downtown Besancon, France. Great location with easy walking access to the downtown area.
The hotel is artistically decorated with black and white the dominant theme.
My stay there was very comfortable, the room was spacious and clean,

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

I arrived Besancon with my son Gustavo in September 2012, my son was going to stay studying french in Besancon. We stayed at the Hotel de Paris, I booked through the internet and were very corteous and fast answering back. Coming from a far a away country in Central America, Nicaragua, going to Besancon was a long way and unkown place for us. We stay for 7 days at the Hotel de Paris, the front desk persons were very nice and corteous with us, the people working in this hotel were very nice and helpfull at everytime we requested something, the rooms are beautiful and very clean and with a very nice decorations and bathrooms very big and clean. The dinning room only served breakfast but the street where the hotel is, Rue de Grange has lots of places to eat. I would definetly recommend Hotel de Paris, nice stay, helpful, and corteous people working at the fromt desk and thoughout the Hotel. I really missed Besancon and the beautiful Hotel de Paris.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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fribourg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Fully renovated hotel with style and comfort. On top of this, it's absolutely reasonably priced.
We were travelling with our son 1,5 years old. The hotel provided a baby bed, and we stayed in a Luxe room, which was quite comfortable. The room was quite big, with a huge bathroom. We had space for all our stuff.
We decided to go for the breakfast. Simple, with quality products and good food. The reception staff were very friendly and offered good tips and advice. The location of the hotel is very central and close to the pedestrain area with lots of shops.
This town is very charming with lots of history and charm, and staying in this hotel made it a wonderful experience for the family.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Walking through the historic heart of Besançon, we were delighted to pass through the hotel entrance and find a place with style and modern creature comforts. We asked reception to recommend a restaurant and found his recommendation excellent. Their buffet breakfast was superb. Our only complaint was that the in-room wifi didn't extend to our room in spite of its being advertised as such.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stopped here overnight on a road trip. I'm always a bit concerned driving into the middle of towns after a long drive, but a quick check on google streetview for the parking access looked pretty simple, and it turned out to be so. Little drive through the outskirts of Besancon, a few small streets, and easily parked. Great hotel, beautifully designed, near everything in town, good restaurants nearby. Very helpful receptionists, and can't recommend this hotel more highly. We had an excellent stay, and a very good breakfast next morning before heading off again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Full renovated hotel, eccentric but interesting modern decor, efficient and helpful service, very spacious rooms, good breakfast. One serious caveat though: there is wifi in the lobby ONLY. In the bedrooms there is wired internet, but NO wifi. Macbook Air and iPad users effectively have no in-room internet. Regardless of the logistical challenges of providing this in a centuries old building, this is imo unacceptable today in a hotel in the price category, and would make me unlikely to stay again in this otherwise excellent hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel de Paris
Address: 33 rue des Granges, 25026, Besancon, France
Location: France > Bourgogne-Franche-Comte > Doubs > Besancon
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Besancon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel de Paris 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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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