There are a few ways to get to Le Grand Balcon Hotel in Toulouse, and, if it is your first visit... Get some one to take you there. With a rental car and a map, it looked easy.... but...that is deceiving. City blocks with their tiny streets are designed similar to spokes on a wheel-Narrow at one end and widening at the other. It can be very disorientating if home towns are designed on a grid pattern,such as our own in South Africa. Also, maps don't show how many streets are, one way, and, it's not fun driving down a street once you're 'lost' and it says, "for bicycles, only!"
Having said, 'that we had a challenge finding the hotel', all was forgiven and forgotten on our arrival.The friendly and efficient staff whisked through the check in procedures, and soon we were up to our rooms.
The decor is modern and provoking. Walls are dark in the corridors and lighting is dim, creating a theatrical ambiance filled with mystery. In the main salon chic black and white leather and lamps with old fashioned black and white photographs of flying memoribilia take your thoughts down memory lane to the wonderous feats of those first adventurers.
Comfort is utmost in the rooms with every need taken care of. Mini Bar, Wi Fi, ample sockets for phone chargers, computers and hairdryers... and anything else required. 750 channels on the television will make it easy to find a programme of interest.it's facinating being surrounded by historical features with all the conveniences of the 21st century.
Help was at hand when we needed to find out about shopping, site seeing and eating out. Note, the excursion to the flight centre museum was not possible, as, there was a three week waiting time. it was fully booked, so, plan ahead, if that should be on your itinerary.
The hotel is situated next to the Capitole, which houses the City Hall and Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, featuring the Opera Company and symphony orchestra.
The square is for pedestrians only, and there is a daily market filled with interesting people and
wares for sale. It is a short walk to the shopping area including Galleries Lafayette, or on to a square filled with restuarants and the famous Monsieur George Restuarant, with fine French cuisine.
Although, our stay in Toulouse was short, it was made comfortable and very pleasant by our stay at Le Grand Balcon Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Legendary Hotel from the 30's, LE GRAND BALCON re opened in its historical location in the center of Toulouse, Place du Capitole. Real embodiment of the french airmail history and its famous pilots, such as Saint Exupery, Mermoz, and Guillaumet. The design associates luxury and charm in a poetic yet modern signature evocating the dreams and the freedom of these pioneer pilots. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Grand Balcon Toulouse