We stayed for a week in July 2013. Were kindly upgraded from a standard double to a bigger room upon arrival. Room was spotlessly clean, decor sleek, shower modern -- with good water pressure and fun side sprinklers. Staff -- all very nice, helpful and efficient. Location is fine, close to a metro hub (Nation) and in a safe pleasant area.
We were there during a heatwave and it was such a relief to return to a well air-conditioned room and so nice to have a small fridge in the room, for cold drinks. There was also a courtesy tray, replenished daily, an in-room safe, free Wi-Fi, good hairdryer (a hose but good), slippers, convenient light fixtures (to read in bed), nice bedding, firm mattress. Plus, a decent size elevator that can fit four people or two with luggage.
Area has many bakeries and restaurants, front desk staff provide fine recommendations. I also like Caffè dei Cioppi, at 159 rue du Faubourg St-Antoine, that's not too far ..cosy, authentic Italian with a charming terrace (reserve in advance) and Mamie Tevennec for crêpes, on Faidherbe corner rue de Charonne. Pâtisserie de Cyril Lignac a few blocks away, on rue Paul Bert corner Chanzy, makes amazing little raspberry tartelettes ..that we sampled at the cute small park right beside it.
Hotel is not near many famous sites, but from nearby Place de la Nation there is the 86 bus that goes to Marais, Ile St-Louis, Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, and line 1 metro will get you to many top sites including the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées and the Arc. Only minus I found is that it was a bit far to return to during the day, if we wanted to change or rest.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Paris
- Au Grand Hotel Francais