Hotel des Grands Hommes
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Charming but would not go back
Although this is a very cute, charming hotel, I would not stay here again. I booked my room 7 months in advance requesting a large double and on arrival was told I could not have the room I booked because someone else decided to stay longer. They then offered me a suite to compensate. When we came back later, we were told the suite had something broken and they could only offer us the smallest room in the hotel. We couldn't even unpack our suitcases. Then we had to move to another room the next day. More importantly, the staff were so unhelpful they couldn't even call us a cab when it came time to leave. They knew nothing of the surrounding area and didn't even put phone calls through to the room. I stayed at three different Paris hotels on this visit and although this had a great location and very pretty but small rooms, the staff made it a bad experience. It's a shame that such a cute place could be run so poorly. I'll try something new next time.
Pleasant stay in Latin Quarter!
Hotel was located very close to several metro stops in that Latin quarter area. Hotel is close to Notre Dame and across the street from the Pantheon. Room was as expected for a 3 start hotel in Paris (tight room, hallway, and a small lift). Staff was very personable and helpful with suggestions. We found a great price reduction deal on their direct web site, which got us a 3 star hotel at a 2 star price. We would highly consider staying here again.
The Good and Bad at the Grands Hommes
A small group of us stayed at the Hotel des Grands Hommes for 2 nights, and for the most part, we enjoyed our stay. The rooms are as tiny as you can imagine, but the character of the rooms (and their views, if there is one) more than make up for the size. The bathroom showers are interesting, as you don't really have anything to block the water from pouring onto the floor, but I've heard that's typical for a European bath/shower. All around, it was a charming place to stay. However... requests made during booking (such as requesting a balcony room or asking for a double bed instead of twin beds) weren't attended to as promised. When asked to move rooms or make amends for the discrepancies, the hotel staff were slow to help or to offer compensation. Don't expect to be catered to -- the "you're lucky we're here so you have a place to stay" mentality runs rampant. Do your best to get a good room rate and you probably won't be disappointed; but don't anticipate the staff to assume an obliging attitude if you find something you don't like and feel you've unfairly paid for it.
We had problems
Okay, after our long flight over we found out that our room had water damage and we would not be able to stay in the hotel for the first of 3 nights. They finally got us another hotel but it was a big inconvenience to have to go check in and unpack/repack, ect. I asked it they could cut us some type of break for the inconvenience (not too much to ask) and they were very reluctant. Needless to say, we never got a break, nothing. The lift did not work and water was dripping from the ceiling in the bathroom. I will try a different hotel next time.
Loved this little hotel! Rooms are small but very charming. Bathrooms are spacious with full tub. Spotlessly clean with full amenities: blowdryer, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and TV with CNN. Closets are tiny so don't pack too much!
We opted for a "superior" room which meant the 5th floor with a tiny terrace where we ate our petit dejeuner each morning. (You can either eat in breakfast room downstairs or have delivered to your room at no additional charge).
View of Panetheon and rooftops. Centrally located -- 2-1/2 blocks to Luxembourg RER/Metro station so easy transport to and from airport (no transfer needed) and attractions. While central, also quiet for sleeping due to being the couple blocks off of main Blvd. Saint Michel. Aliment (mini market) around corner for wine, water, fruit and snacks; internet cafe also around corner. Good bistros and cafes all around. Pubs and bars within a block, next to Sorbonne.
Front desk personel were helpful and gracious, speaking very good English. Bon chance!
Can't wait to go back!
This was one of the most lovely, charming, and elegant hotels I've staid in. Rooms are large and the ones on the upper floors with the balconies are well worth the extra money. Panoramic view with the imposing Pantheon at your doorstep. Just GORGEOUS! Service was top class. Can't wait to return for another visit.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The room was very small, but also very charming. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast was good (but not always well stocked). The hotel is in a great area with lots to do within walking distance. Only complaint was that our room wasn't cleaned one of the three days we stayed, but overall, I would recommend this hotel.
Small is beautiful
The Hotel des Grands Hommes only has around 30 rooms and they are mostly fairly small but ours was very tastefully decorated and it had a great view of the Pantéon from its 6th floor balcony. The staff are very friendly and efficient and the breakfast is adequate, if not exciting. The location, close to the Luxembourg Gardens and just 10 minutes from Notre Dam, is excellent. Not far away in rue Monsieur-le-Prince is a gem of a bistro called Chez Maitre Paul. It's worth a visit for the Poulette a la creme gratinee and other Jura gems.
Absolutely perfect! We loved it!
Extremely charming hotel. The room was small by American standards (as most in Europe are), but not cramped, and beautifully decorated. Very clean. Plenty of hot water, large tub and great pressure in the shower.
We were there during the summer heat wave where people were dying from the heat (it was 90 degrees and up while we were there), but the A/C was great, and we were very comfortable during the times we were in the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel was good, but we preferred to grab something at a local cafe... we wanted to try as many different places as possible.
The location couldn't have been better...right across the street from the Pantheon. You walk out the hotel door, and there it is! There are two different Metro lines that are just a few blocks away (5 minute walk), and we used these to get to all the major attractions.
The best part about the hotel was the staff...they were so helpful and accomodating. They recommended restaurants, highlighted maps, answered tons of "tourist" questions, and even tried to make movie reservations for us (although the movie we wanted to see wasn't out in Paris yet).
They spoke English beautifully and willingly, but I wanted to practice my French (I had taken a few years in high school and college). They sat patiently and politely as we butchered their beautiful language, and translated countless phrases that we brought to them on a daily basis. In fact, by the end of the week, my husband, who knew no French at all when we got there, was feeling very comfortable with simple day-to-day conversation (asking directions, ordering in restaurants, hello, goodbye, please, thank you, etc.). We found Parisians were very helpful and friendly if you at least TRIED to speak their language.
Most of the time, we would stumble through a question in French, and they would answer us in English...it was pretty funny.
In summary- wonderful place to stay. We will definitely stay there again when we go back.
Unforgetable stay at l'hotel des Grands Hommes
Fantastic hotel ! Friendly staff ! Great location ! we stayed 5 nights in a nice room with a view on the Pantheon. We will return to the hotel des Grands Hommes !
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This hotel is the highest rated on TripAdvisor for Tours, but we are unsure why. It may be because it is value for money - its not expensive, but you are getting what you pay for which is a nice clean budget hotel with no frills. So with that in mind I was looking forward with anticipation to our little 'splurge' hotel in Paris which cost nearly 4 …
... either accompany the guide back to our starting point or stay at the cathedral and end our tour there. We took the second option and spent more time in Notre Dame - it is an amazing building with magnificent stained glass windows, some dating back to the 13th century. We were a little disappointed to find no reference to Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame - we know he is fiction but the French have accepted the story as part of ...
... looking out the window and suddenly thought oh check it out a left hand drive car. Till I realised they were all left hand and then the penny dropped and I realised we were driving on the 'wrong' side of the road. In Europe you drive on the right hand side. We pulled up to our hotel in a bit of a dodgy end of town. And saw a part of Paris that the movies don’t show you. A huge group of refugees had camped out opposite the hotel and apparently the council isn’t doing ...
... taken in front of the top entrance!) The stained glass was amazing. The Conciergerie was moving - so many had passed through here as prisoners. The Arc de Triomphe was next, this place never ceases to give that feeling of "aww wow". Walked around, and Bryan shook his head at the roads and vehicles converging. A walk down Champs-Élysées. Sigh. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed into the beautiful well known name shops. Another full day in a truly beautiful city. Love ...
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Our afternoon bus tour to Monet's Garden and house at Giverny was a chance to relax and enjoy a little of rural France. Monet's garden was not at all crowded, unlike the Versailles Palace. Huge swathes of tulips, in every imaginable color dominated the Spring planting. We loved the lilac trees now in ...