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Grand Hotel Francais
Ranked #106 of 1,802 Hotels in Paris
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Westbury, United Kingdom
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“Perfect for Weekend stop over.”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We flew in to Paris on Saturday morning, for a weekend away to watch le Tour de France. We arrived early (10am) at the hotel, but the ever so friendly staff members made us some coffee (exceptionally good) and gave us the Wi-Fi password (free) and had a room ready for us in next to no time, even though we weren't meant to check in until the afternoon.

The rooms are a little on the small side, but I expected this in a fantastic location in central Paris, and it in no way detracted from our trip. We were welcomed with free wine, and the room was well equipped with all the mod cons, most importantly me for me a fantastic air conditioning system which was a delight to come back to after days out in the Parisian sunshine.

Shower was very good. Beds were very comfy. For those of you staying longer than 3/4 nights you would perhaps need more wardrobe space.

Staff were extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating. The hotel is open and manned at reception 24 hours a day.

Lots of variety at breakfast, and 30 second walk from Rue de Boulets metro station, which is only one stop from Nation metro station (itself only a 2-3 minute walk), which gives you all the main lines in to Paris.

Great Value, would definitely recommend this for people who are spending a long weekend away and want to be out and enjoying Paris as much as possible.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

I recently stayed at the Grand Hotel Francais with my wife for our 5th wedding anniversary.

The hotel was about 45min from the airport and was quite well hidden on a large road called Voiltare Boulevard.

Once inside we were greeted nicely and told that our room would be ready at 1pm so we could leave our bags, we were given a map and off we went for a local explore. The surrounding area is very traditional and non touristy which is great to have a attempt at asking for a beer.
When we got back we were shown to our room which was quite small but tastefully decorated, there was a mini bar with free water, a wardrobe fitted with a safe, English tv and both a bath/shower.
On the first day we went to the centre of Paris where the Eiffel Tower and tourist spots are located, we opted for taxi which cost around 15 euros one way, this area is fantastic and has everything you need but transport is a issue. We had a metro station right next to the hotel so on the Saturday we took the plunge. This was fantastic, a train gets to you every 3 minutes and drops you right on the Champs Élysées amongst other areas, you can swap trains to get to other areas for no extra costs, the cost of a ticket is only 1.40 euros, we used the metro all the time from that point which included 11.30pm and we felt very safe.

One thing I would note is to get your money exchanged before you leave or to have sufficient in your debit account as exchange bureaus shut early and most close on Sundays, Paris itself is such an amazing place but very pricey, a beer is 5 euros at its cheapest. The Grand Hotel Francais is fantastic for getting away from the tourist area but allows you to cheaply get to the important parts, the staff are very nice and helpful and the breakfast is lovely. I would recommend this hotel to anyone but think it suits older parties more than younger people.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The hotel is situated on a wide boulevard close to two Metro stations, Rue de Boulets and Nation, providing easy access to the city and airport.

All the staff are very welcoming, friendly and helpful and spoke excellent English (much appreciated as I have little French).

The room was small, but modern, comfortable and very clean, with air conditioning, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, TV, and free WIFI.

Breakfast had a good selection of cereal, eggs, cheeses, meats, yoghurt, fruit etc

Would definitely stay at The Grand Hotel Francais again, it was excellent value for money and had the important element of Excellent Staff providing Excellent Customer Service. Merci.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We stayed twice here in our 2 week tour of France. All the staff were friendly & helpful. The rooms were very comfortable & clean. The breakfasts had a good continental selection. There are a multitude of restaurants nearby with plenty of variety. Getting around was not a problem due to the closeness of the metro. We will definately return & would recommend it highly.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Louisville, KY
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

About what we expected for the money; room was a typical small size for a Parisian hotel, but plenty comfortable. Not close to the center of Paris but VERY close to two Metro lines including the rail hub at Place de la Nation, so it was very easy to get around. Also close to the Gare de Lyon if you're planning to travel by train elsewhere in France or Europe at large. The hotel staff was extremely helpful and friendly; giving us good directions on how to get multiple places.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for four nights and the hotel was perfect. It is a little out of the centre but for us that worked. A little more quieter with some fantastic food options nearby and the metro very close by. The room was air conditioned, small but perfectly formed and planned out. We shall be coming back and recommending to family and friends alike.

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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

I chose this hotel because it was near Metro and train lines, but not full of tourists. Our 'regular' room was small but not 'Paris tiny' and had been recently and tastefully decorated. Everything worked as it should, and the bed was comfortable. The staff was courteous and efficient, and I think the manager would secretly like to be a comedian (after all, he works on the Blvd. Voltaire). Perhaps the breakfast (an extra-cost item) and especially the coffee, could have been better, but overall this is a comfortable, clean, and friendly hotel in a convenient residential neighborhood, and it's reasonably priced.

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Property: Grand Hotel Francais
Address: 223 Boulevard Voltaire | 11th Arr., 75011 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#44 Best Value Hotel in Paris
#51 Romantic 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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Au Grand Hotel Francais

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