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February 5, 2006
This is a simple, yet very friendly and comfortable hotel near the Place de la Nation and Bastille area of Paris. My girlfriend and I stayed here based on favorable reviews, and we weren't disappointed.
The double room we stayed in on the fifth floor was fairly small but clean and comfortable. There was a phone, TV with CNN International in English (the rest was in French), desk with chair, armoire (no closet), and wif-fi access (for an additional charge) in the room. The pillows were a bit small and thin, but they happily provided us extras when requested. The bathroom only has a shower, no bathtub, but I think this is typical. I'm not sure if they are offered in other rooms in the hotel. There's a slight rumbling from the Metro, but on the fifth floor, it didn't bother us much. The room was very quiet overall, though we could hear our neighbor snoring occasionally. We had a great view of the street below from our balcony, which doubled nicely as a chiller for our champagne during those cold winter nights.
There's also a nice little bar with leather chairs in the lobby where you can have drinks. Breakfast is offered until 11am, but we never tried it. There are so many patisseries and boulangeries in Paris (several across the street from the hotel), we couldn't justify it. The service was excellent. The front-desk staff speaks English and was very helpful with maps, suggestions, French advice, etc.
The area is great, about a 10-minute walk to the bustling Bastille area, full of shops, cafes, and bars. The Rue de Boulets metro stop is about 50 yards from the front door, which can connect you quickly to anywhere you want to go in the city. For even fewer connections, the larger Nation station is about 5 minutes away and can connect you to the RER line. All the necessities (grocery store, ATM, pharmacy, etc.) are right next door or across the street. The Pere-Lachaise cemetery is a short 15-minute walk away. If you're looking for an excellent value, great service, and a simple, yet comfortable place to stay, consider the Grand Hotel Francaise. We would definitely stay again.
From journal Week in Paris
January 6, 2002
There was no closet in the room, just a small armoire to store clothes, a desk, chair, and bed. The bathroom had a sink, shower, and WC; no bathtub or bidet. The room had a television with CNN International and BBCWorld channels; good for those who like to keep tabs on world events, even while on vacation. And one night while looking over a map and a couple of guide books to plan my itinerary for the next day I was amused to catch a few minutes of "South Park" overdubbed in French. Now that's comedy.
The staff at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. Right after I checked in they told me where I could find an ATM nearby and also were able to recommend an internet cafe located just a couple of blocks away.
The Hotel Grand Francais is located in a great neighborhood. One thing you'll quickly notice here is that you are in the midst of Parisians, not tourists; I felt as if I was more a part of the neighborhood than a hotel guest. Boulevard Voltaire has wider sidewalks than many streets in Paris, making for pleasant walking. Within just a couple of blocks of the hotel there are plenty of restaurants, a pharmacy, laundromat, travel agency, internet cafe, ATM machines, and a Franprix (grocery store). The rue des Boulets metro stop that serves the number 9 line is only a block away, and the larger Nation metro stop that serves the number 1, 2, 6, and 9 lines and the RER is only a four or five minute walk. A sidewalk market and more restaurants can be found nearby at the Place de la Nation.
I paid 440Fr/night (about sixty bucks) for a single room, which is an incredible bargain for accommodations of this quality, even for offseason. With all of this going for it the Hotel Grand Francais is a great choice as long as you don't mind being a little further away from some of the major attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. It is close, however, to Le Cimetière Perè Lachaise and the Marais district. This hotel is an exceptional value.
You can reserve on the web at www.hotelboulevard.com or email them directly at email@example.com. Their fax number is +33 01.43.48.40.05.
Metro: rue des Boulets (M9); Nation (M1, M2, M6, M9, RER)
From journal Offseason Paris
by Jim Rosenberg
February 4, 2001
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