Firstly the exterior, the location of the Le Grand Balcon Hotel is fantastic, just 30 yards from the Place Du Capital with a view from one side straight into the main square. The building itself is impressive; a lovely looking listed building with wrought iron Juliet balconies around the windows.
When you enter the lobby, there is certainly a wow factor from the stylishly designed cream and brown bar and lounge; the aviation theme and history is immediately evident from the artwork on the walls. Instead of a reception desk are two check-in pods with laptops. The same member of staff was manning the bar and reception, and this low-staff approach was evident throughout the stay.
We accessed our floor via a nice looking elevator and emerged into a dark corridor lit by neon lights, I am told this was part of the aviation theme but it reminded me of a club, however it certainly made an impact!
On entering the room we were delighted, amazing cloud feature wall behind the bed, cloud like modern lighting, Nespresso machine, long white bench, big shower etc. The room definitely had impact. It was on closer inspection that we weren’t as pleased, there was a light bulb out, the sink wasn’t draining, large crack in the glass shower wall and a stain on some fabrics. This was really disappointing as a decent room inspection would have addressed these.
The final thing to mention is the noise, as many reviews have said if you stay on the street side the noise is noticeable until about 4.30pm, so if you want a peaceful night sleep ask for a courtyard side room. Breakfast was available at 18 Euros but we had ours in the square
Overall there is much to admire about the contemporary style and vibrant atmosphere in this historic hotel. I was glad we stayed here and hope that the management will address these small issues.
- 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