I stayed here with my wife for my summer vacation from July 14th to the 18th. I was very impressed with the thoughtful way of recommending nearby restaurants as they had already printed out the pertinent information on a local map(address, phone number, type of food;italian, chinese etc). I went to 4 of the places and was satisfied with all of them taste-wise, and 3 of the cost-wise. Two bakeries were also excellent, one on the same side of the road and about 100meters toward the Nation metro and one next to Paul Bert bistro(on the local restaurant map).
The hotel is situated about 8 minutes walk from Nation Metro station, which ensures direct metro service to Champs Elysee(Franklin D'Roosevelt), Lafayette/Printemps departement store and La Vallee village(outlet)/Disneyland. Though on the out of the center of Paris, the location of the Metro and small size of Paris ensures arrival at any point in about 30 minutes travel.
The room was very small but I understand that this is the norm for Paris. The staff presented us with 2 small complimentary bottles of wine, 2 small water bottles and 1 can of sparkling water. However, the water was not refilled during room make-ups and we did not request any as we had brought water of our own. Soaps and shampoo is provided though Q-tips are not.
The TV set showed only programs in French and not even CNN, and this is something to be upgraded, thought the free English newspaper in the lobby somewhat mitigated this.
The staff were helpful and spoke excellent English. They provided 24hr service and were able to provide detailed directions when asked.
All in all, a satisfactory experience in my first visit to Paris. Would not hesitate to recommend this place again, though I may choose a hotel more centrally located next time. Would definitely go to the local recommended restaurants again.
- 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