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“The most unusual place we've ever stayed in” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Le Grand Duc
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Valenciennes
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“The most unusual place we've ever stayed in”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

This was a family weekend to celebrate my birthday and what a wonderful gem. The house, although not in the town centre, was 3 floors of a mix of old, new and ecclectic collectables. The proprietor, Philippe, could not do enough to help. He spoke excellent English and booked taxis, restaurants and told us where to visit. He even arranged delivery of the most beautiful roses which were presented with excellent champagne. He even took the trouble to light a fire when it rained. The rooms are large with complimentary toileteries and all are different. A very friendly dog and cat add to the ambience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Pauline E
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

The owner Philippe welcomed us to our home for our five night stay carrying my bag to our room at the top of the hotel, he then walked back up with tea and coffee and produced wina on other days.

Our car was parked behind locked gates and we could relax in our stylish, meditative and comfortable bedroom with a great view of the garden and park beyond, the en-suites were large and chic. We were warned that if the windows were left open at night we might have avisitor, sure enough the resident cat hopped on the bed with us.

Downstairs the lounge and dining rooms are like a palace but you are invited to use them. There is also a spacious beautifull garden for before dinner aperitifs and wine or just reading in the sun or shade, an oasis in a big city.

Wewere introduced to Eddo Philippe`s labrador who will play ball anytime; there is a lily pond, plantings and quirky features which is an ongoing labour of love for Philippe as is the hotel.

Philippe is a mine of information about where to go and what to see. talking of mines the hotel was originally the mine owner`s house before the mines were closed. The house was a ruin when Philippe bought it and took eighteen months to restore.

we are great fans of the dod Eddo and philippe took us along when he took Eddo for his walk and swim in a nearby forest and lake. On the way back he took us to seethe renovated mine buildings, winding machines and houses. A lot of history.

There was great continnetal breakfast which kept us going all day. A tray was set up for me to take breakfast to our room when my husband was unwell.

The Dinner we had at The Grand Duc was gastronomic art and tasted divine the wine picked by Philippe was exquisite.

It`s easy to walk to the nearest shop across the road for local deliccieses the tram, shops, bars and cafes are only five minutes away.

I cannot recommend the Grand duc highly enough it is simply a jewel amongst hotels.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank John k
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netherlands
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179 reviews
154 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

Very nice B&B. We love the interior decoration, a kind of "barroque + contempory", with some ethnic touches. A clear distinguished atmosphere. In front of a nice private garden, within an historical "maison de maitre" completly redesigned.

It is not in the centre of Valenciennes. Nor near local transport : you do need a car to visit the centre. However, a plus is a possibility to park safely your car inside the property.

Price wise, we do think that the breakfast should be included in the price of the room.

Rooms are well decorated, well designed with taste. Good Wifi access.

The only main drawback is that in our room, the wood floor have still many screws that are still present, not-flat, and it can really hurt you if you walk bare foot. So do absolutly take your slippers

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank camok
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Köln, Deutschland
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2010

I am spending one night per month in this beautiful place, perhaps more a B&B than a hotel.

It is a very nice old house in a big park which the owner has renovated with a lot of taste. He is decorator and artist and has put a lot of his soul and taste in this house. All the six rooms are very nice, a perfect mixture of antiques and modern classics. The rooms and the bathrooms are very spacious.

On the ground floor there is a very nice common room full of tiny objects and nice and comfortable furniture.

If it is warm outside taking the aperitif or the whole meal outside is a very special experience because of the view on the very nice park.

The dining room is also decorated in a very special - nice - way. The food which is prepared on demand and reservation by the owner or an external chef is very good and not too expensive. Also the drinks and wines are reasonably priced.

There is enough parking space in front of the hotel, the car is very safe during the night.

If I have to find something negative - which is very difficult - it is due to the fact that it is not a standard hotel and the owner is doing most things himself. You should agree a certain time for the arrival as the owner is often absent. There is no Spa or room for a workout but it is much nicer to spend some time reading in the room with the marvellous open fire.

There is a free WIFI in the hotel.

All in all it is one of my favourite hotels in France and I see a lot, approximately 40 to 50 a year!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Le Grand Duc
Address: 104 avenue de Conde, 59300, Valenciennes, France
Location: France > Hauts-de-France > Nord > Valenciennes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Valenciennes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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