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Grand Hotel Francais

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We came and we're instantly greeted by Vanessa who was so friendly and accommodating. She helped us find local food, gave us do's and don'ts for traveling around Paris. Her English is great. The room was very small as well as the elevator but the service is so outstanding it makes up for it. The hotel is about 20 min Uber to Eiffel Tower and other attractions, down the street is lots of great bakeries and restaurants. Very small locals only neighborhood so expect a language barrier (if you don't speak French) pretty much everywhere close by.

This hotel was great. Very nice staff and comfortable room. I extended my stay by a day and it was no trouble at all. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends!

This boutique hotel is clean and nice though room is very tiny even they upgraded our room. But here is Paris, have to understand it. Even though, room phone was our of order so we never used it to call outside for our staying, and elevator was out of order often so we had to go down thru narrow stairs from 6th floor with big our luggage bags when we checked out.

The hotel was fine. The problem was it was in the far eastern part of the city, and I thought I was bookinging a hotel near the Republic station. The room was small and the elevator was very slow. Staff was friendly. They gave us a sheet of recommended restaurants in the area and the place we walked to was out of business, so the sheet was a little out of date.

Very clean, comfortable, balcony, personable staff, on metro line, no breakfast though

Stayed here to two weeks in early November. Staff is helpful and accommodating. Located near a couple of metro stations make it easily accessible. Far enough from the heart of Paris to avoid the crowds but a quick metro ride to visit the main tourist attractions. Would definitely stay here again in the future. Close to a couple of BNP Paribas ATMs which are associated with BofA for a 1% ATM fee vs STD 3% with credit cards. Only drawback was spotty wifi which is free.

As non-French-speaking persons, the wife and I were most fortunate in booking this hotel for a four-night stay. Every front-desk staff/management person not only spoke English, but were greatly knowledgeable on where to dine, how to travel(Metro, Line 1 gets you to city center), what time to leave for the airport, how to best see the city (Hop On - Hop On Bus is the best). Our room was most adequate and offered first-class accomodations with daily maid service. The area is a twenty minute walk from Bastille Plaza and 10 minutes Nations Plaza. Walking around the area is a delight. Suggetion for those wanting out of the noise and congestion of city center: stay here.

The manager was very welcoming. He was willing to answer any questions and offered assistance whenever asked.

Went site unseen but once there was made to feel very comfortable mainly due to Zyad. He was very informative, ie. referring us to good restaurants, suggesting things to do and giving great directions on how to get there. Woul d strongly recommend this place since although it is out of the hubbub of Paris (making it easier to sleep), it was only 2-3 blocks to the Metro, close to great pastry shops and even a grocery store with a decent selection of wine.

This was our first trip to Paris and we did a great deal of research before deciding where to stay. We really wanted to get an experience we couldn't get elsewhere. A boutique hotel was our only choice. Not too many amenities but if we wanted to stay at an Intercontinental, we might as well have just gone to Miami. This hotel was absolutely perfect. The room was very small but we only slept there. Who wants to hang out in their room in Paris? The staff was fabulous. Very courtious, extremely helpful and if you don't speak French, they speak English. We absolutely loved them. The hotel has been renovated and so the rooms were clean with great plumbing and heat/air. The Metro to get you to central Paris was only 50 meters away from the front door with a major junction only a couple hundred meters away for off the path excursions. We loved the neighborhood atmosphere and even ate at a neighborhood restaurant that was way off the beaten path. It was filled with locals and we could tell they didn't get too many tourists, if any at all. We had a great time mingling, struggling with our French as they struggled with their English. We met in the middle somewhere and it was one of the best nights and best meals we had in Paris. As authentic as it gets. We couldn't have had that experience in one of the tourist area hotels. If you are like us and don't want the same old same old, or don't want to stay with everyone else from America, we highly recommend this hotel.

Extremely welcoming and helpful staff in a very convenient and cool neighborhood. room was a little small, but clean, quiet and comfortable.

In Paris to run the Paris marathon in April. We were looking for an econimical hotel that would be clean and located near a metro. The Grand Hotel Francais was all that. Sure the rooms are small but it's Europe and Paris and you don't get large rooms on a budget. The room at the hotel was very adequate, well maintained and the bathroom was true to European standards, all tile and modern. Servie at the hotel was excellent from pre-check in since we arrived early, the staff lockered our bags. The staff took and interest in our daily life, gave accurate advice about navagating locally and worked hard to do confirm our flights at departure. This hotel is less than 100m from a metro stop and just an 8 minute walk from a major metro hub. The neighborhood was very safe and had a good selection of services including a grocery chain, a delightful patisserie, a wine shop, etc. The area food selection wasn't too great and many local restaurants didn't cook on premises. But we usually ate in other districts. This hotel was an excellent choice for us and the price was right. We used a 5 Paris Vistors metro pass that cost 29euros each but offered unlimited use of the metros and buses.

The owner was very friendly and the room was clean and quite nice, although a little small. The location is near a metro stop, but a fairly long walk from the center of Paris. Quite a nice hotel.

Easy to get to hotel from CDG via the metro. Hotel was about .3 of a mile from the Nation metro stop, a major stop. Not close to the major tourist sites but easy to get to them via metro. Lots of bakeries and small restaurants on the street. In a safe area. Staff was very friendly, spoke English and was eager to help. Just great people! Rooms were small but clean, newly renovated and quite classy. Shower was glorious! Color scheme was even inviting. Elevator in the building. Plush towels.

As usual, we were a bit skeptical prior to getting to our hotel. Once we were there, we were very happy. This hotel is literally 200 feet from the #9 Metro (Rue des Boulets Station). So, convenience traveling from the airport was great. The hotel had all the old world charm on the outside, with all the comforts of home on the inside. It is located in a great neighborhood within walking distance to Nations Place. Of course the rooms are small....everything is small compared to the USA. that is part of the charm. The hotel is located within about 15 minutes of all the major attractions in Paris....by Metro. This was our first time and I am already looking forward to going back.

The Hotel was clean and nice. The staff was great and very accommodating. The room was great and nicely decorated and compact but not to small. The location was a little off the beaten path but that was nice being out of tourist central and more local in nature. Besides the metro was less then 100 feet from the hotel and access to all the areas of Paris was easy. I would recommend this hotel to any one who wants a good hotel at a good price. We spent 10 days with them and felt like family.

I've been to Paris many times on business and plesure, and I will stay here again, not walking distance to big tourist attractions but easily accessable on the Metro. Still the area is full of charater,good eating and interesting attracitons. Besides you see Paris from the street not staying in the Hotel room.

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. It is very close to several metro stops, just a few minutes to all the big tourist sights. The italian restaurant next door is fantastic and the owner is very nice! The hotel staff was very helpful, and our room was always spotless. We will stay here again!

It was our first time to France, and we appreciated the friendly welcome from the English-speaking staff and the super-clean room with great amenities. Pluses: * Clean and modern room * Powerful shower with multiple heads that offer a full-body massage * Good neighborhood (Place de la Nation on the right bank, east of the Bastille) with several grocery stores and cafes Minuses * A little far from tourist sights - need to take 20+ minute Metro rides to get to Louvre, Eiffel Tower, etc; not hard, just takes time away from sight-seeing

The Grand Hotel Francais was super close to transportation making it easy to get to the attractions that Paris has to offer! The staff was super friendly and always willing to help you! There are many great bakeries in the area for breakfast, which was a cheap alternative and tasty to many Paris prices. Also, there are markets near by where you can purchase cheap drinks (Paris is pricey). The rooms were fantastic! Clean and comfortable. I was upgraded upon arrival and pleased with my stay.

223, Boulevard Voltaire Paris Paris

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Opera Bastille
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Concierge services

Located in 11th Arrondissement within a mile (2 km) of Opera Bastille, Grand Hotel Francais is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Place des Vosges. The 36 rooms at this 3-star hotel include minibars, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs. Located centrally in Paris, it's also close to Notre Dame Cathedral and Galeries Lafayette.


Dining

Start your day off with buffet breakfast, available for a fee. Quench your thirst with a drink at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

Grand Hotel Francais's 36 soundproofed rooms provide free minibar items, coffee makers, and free bottled water. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries, and memory foam beds with premium bedding ensure a restful night. Laptop-compatible safes and desks are other standard amenities.


Property features

A local mainstay since 1889, Grand Hotel Francais offers free WiFi in public areas, express check-out, and free newspapers. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with concierge services, and answer any questions about the area. This smoke-free hotel also has a TV in a common area.

Room options

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Privilege

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

2 Adjacent Double Rooms

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Grand Hotel Francais

Everyone (2) Couples (19) Family (2) Other (1) Friends (2)
4

very friendly staff and good food

Everyone

We came and we're instantly greeted by Vanessa who was so friendly and accommodating. She helped us find local food, gave us do's and don'ts for traveling around Paris. Her English is great. The room was very small as well as the elevator but the service is so outstanding it makes up for it. The hotel is about 20 min Uber to Eiffel Tower and other attractions, down the street is lots of great bakeries and restaurants. Very small locals only neighborhood so expect a language barrier (if you don't speak French) pretty much everywhere close by.

By , from california on May 28, 2017

Review comment responded on May 30, 2017

Dear Sarah , Thank you for choosing our hotel for your previous stay in Paris . We are glad to hear that you enjoyed staying here with us thanks to the staff and the location of the hotel . We appreciated a lot all the great things you ve said about us. Looking forward to seeing you again. Kind regards , Vanessa and Laya

5
Everyone

This hotel was great. Very nice staff and comfortable room. I extended my stay by a day and it was no trouble at all. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends!

By on Mar 22, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 25, 2017

Dear guest, Thank you for choosing the Grand Hotel Francais while staying in Paris, we do appreciate you took the time in reviewing us and we thank you for it. Looking forward seeing you very soon, Regards, The Reception team and Laya

3

elevator and room phone was out of order...

Couples

This boutique hotel is clean and nice though room is very tiny even they upgraded our room. But here is Paris, have to understand it. Even though, room phone was our of order so we never used it to call outside for our staying, and elevator was out of order often so we had to go down thru narrow stairs from 6th floor with big our luggage bags when we checked out.

By on Feb 8, 2014

2

not central

Couples

The hotel was fine. The problem was it was in the far eastern part of the city, and I thought I was bookinging a hotel near the Republic station. The room was small and the elevator was very slow. Staff was friendly. They gave us a sheet of recommended restaurants in the area and the place we walked to was out of business, so the sheet was a little out of date.

By on Jan 8, 2013

4

clean, great staff, on metro

Couples

Very clean, comfortable, balcony, personable staff, on metro line, no breakfast though

By on Jun 10, 2012

3

best bang for buck

Families

Stayed here to two weeks in early November. Staff is helpful and accommodating. Located near a couple of metro stations make it easily accessible. Far enough from the heart of Paris to avoid the crowds but a quick metro ride to visit the main tourist attractions. Would definitely stay here again in the future. Close to a couple of BNP Paribas ATMs which are associated with BofA for a 1% ATM fee vs STD 3% with credit cards. Only drawback was spotty wifi which is free.

By on Nov 19, 2011

5

extremely guest friendly hotel

Couples

As non-French-speaking persons, the wife and I were most fortunate in booking this hotel for a four-night stay. Every front-desk staff/management person not only spoke English, but were greatly knowledgeable on where to dine, how to travel(Metro, Line 1 gets you to city center), what time to leave for the airport, how to best see the city (Hop On - Hop On Bus is the best). Our room was most adequate and offered first-class accomodations with daily maid service. The area is a twenty minute walk from Bastille Plaza and 10 minutes Nations Plaza. Walking around the area is a delight. Suggetion for those wanting out of the noise and congestion of city center: stay here.

By on Jun 6, 2011

4

wonderful manager

Singles

The manager was very welcoming. He was willing to answer any questions and offered assistance whenever asked.

By on Jun 29, 2010

4

great choice

Couples

Went site unseen but once there was made to feel very comfortable mainly due to Zyad. He was very informative, ie. referring us to good restaurants, suggesting things to do and giving great directions on how to get there. Woul d strongly recommend this place since although it is out of the hubbub of Paris (making it easier to sleep), it was only 2-3 blocks to the Metro, close to great pastry shops and even a grocery store with a decent selection of wine.

By on Jun 6, 2010

5

perfect place to stay

Couples

This was our first trip to Paris and we did a great deal of research before deciding where to stay. We really wanted to get an experience we couldn't get elsewhere. A boutique hotel was our only choice. Not too many amenities but if we wanted to stay at an Intercontinental, we might as well have just gone to Miami. This hotel was absolutely perfect. The room was very small but we only slept there. Who wants to hang out in their room in Paris? The staff was fabulous. Very courtious, extremely helpful and if you don't speak French, they speak English. We absolutely loved them. The hotel has been renovated and so the rooms were clean with great plumbing and heat/air. The Metro to get you to central Paris was only 50 meters away from the front door with a major junction only a couple hundred meters away for off the path excursions. We loved the neighborhood atmosphere and even ate at a neighborhood restaurant that was way off the beaten path. It was filled with locals and we could tell they didn't get too many tourists, if any at all. We had a great time mingling, struggling with our French as they struggled with their English. We met in the middle somewhere and it was one of the best nights and best meals we had in Paris. As authentic as it gets. We couldn't have had that experience in one of the tourist area hotels. If you are like us and don't want the same old same old, or don't want to stay with everyone else from America, we highly recommend this hotel.

By on May 31, 2010