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9th ARR: Le Grand Intercontinental

2 Rue Scribe

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Reviewed by: Chiaro di Luna from Canada, review #3083

When: May 2011

Excellent location in the Opera area of Paris.

Superior Double Room on Club Floor, photo by chiaro di luna

We chose Le Grand Intercontinental Hotel, Paris for its fantastic location in the Opera district. It is right across the street from the Opera House and bus stop for the Roissey Bus which we took from terminal 2 at the Charles de Gaulle airport.

The hotel is a historic building that has been very well maintained. It sits on a whole block of its own, across from the 4 star Scribe Hotel. Le Grand Intercontinental is listed as a 4 star property.

When I went to book this hotel the hotel's own website wasn't working so I booked through Venere. I just gave a credit card number to hold the room and did not have to give a deposit or pre pay.

I booked the lowest level, which was a double classic, expecting an inner courtyard view. Since we would be spending four nights here, I decided to take out an Ambassador membership in Intercontinental Hotels and receive a certificate for one free night, a one room upgrade to a superior double (this gave us a balcony and street view), and fruit/water amenities daily.

We received the one room upgrade, water the first day with some biscuits, but no fruit and the water was not replenished daily as promised. I even called reception to ask about this and was told room service would be notified. Nothing showed up.

Our superior double room had a small balcony with a great view looking down Rue Scribe, double bed which was quite comfortable, desk with internet hookup for a cost, tv with several English channels, chair, table, very large bathroom with lovely amenities, fluffy towels, washcloths and hairdryer. There was a bathtub, separate shower and toilet.

The entrance to the room led to a very dark closet area with plenty of room for suitcases. There was also a securely bolted down safety box. We also put our valuables in the safe at reception.

The main areas of the hotel were lovely with lots of seating. It was well maintained throughout.

On our second to last day there we paid an extra E120 for the privilege of being Club guests. This included access from 7 am Thursday morning until we checked out at 4 pm on Friday afternoon. We had made to order omelets both mornings, all kinds of food for breakfast, plus drinks, appetizers throughout the day and evening, sandwiches, salads, fruits and pastries for lunch and tea time. It was worth it since we didn't go out to restaurants on Thursday and Friday.

The Club also allows you internet use on your own laptop in the room or use of computers and printers in the lounge. The lounge has a fantastic view of the Opera House.

So, we were very pleased with our stay at Le Grand Intercontinental but feel that even the lowest room category is quite high.

If price isn't an issue then I would recommend this hotel.

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