Hotel Review: InterContinental Paris Le Grand
The InterContinental Paris Le Grand is a famous luxury hotel in the heart of the city, next to the Opera. While the location is unbeatable, I didn’t really like the hotel. Read why in this extensive review.
There are a couple of hotels in Paris, which are really famous. One of those is the InterContinental Paris Le Grand. The (massive) hotel is perfectly located in one of the best areas of Paris, just a stone throw away from the Opera.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Superior Opera Room
- Month of Stay: November
The Grand Hotel is located in a historic building, which has a particular Parisian charm. Doesn’t soon bad, what? Well, sadly the inside of the hotel doesn’t match match the exterior that much, in my opinion.
Superior Opera Room at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
The InterContinental Paris Le Grand has an incredible amount of different room categories. That’s very confusing, but we ended up with a Superior Opera Room, which we were handed keys for after a brief, but very cold and distanced check-in.
The room itself wasn’t something to rave about either.
It comes with a King Bed and a small desk with an uncomfortable chair next to it.
Next to the window, there’s a table with another armchair in the corner. Then, there’s also an old and small flat screen television.
The “highlight” of the room was the cute little Ambassador treatment with fruits and water, which was brought up after we checked-in.
The views of the street from a small French balcony weren’t bad either, but the windows proofed to be everything but soundproof. We slept very badly due to constant street noise. That’s not exactly the kind of “luxury” I like in a hotel.
In the entrance area, the Superior Opera Room comes with a small closet, which I appreciated.
Then, there’s a surprisingly nice bathroom with a single sink, a toilet, a decent enough walk-in shower and also a bathtub. The toiletries are high quality, too.
To my surprise, the bathroom looked like it was renovated recently, while the rest of the room looked really old and worn. Nevertheless, I really wasn’t happy with the room, especially taking into account that it’s four levels about the basic room category. Oh well.
Breakfast at the InterCotinental Paris Le Grand
It’s time to get a little more positive about the InterContinental Paris, just a bit though. The breakfast spread offered in the restaurant is quite nice. Not only is the Cafe de la Paix a nice place to sit, but the buffet has a ton of choices. For example, there are more than a dozen hot dishes, very nice freshly squeezed juices, several cut fruits and much more.
Additionally, you can order hot options with your waiter. I asked for Eggs Benedict, which ended being one egg with a lot of cold (like literally from the fridge) sauce. I’m not sure whether that was a mistake or what, but it tasted horrible.
Last but not least, let’s loose a word about service. I might be young and might not perfectly fit the atmosphere of this place, but service at breakfast was actively rude and just incredibly bad. The server actively ignored us, didn’t say a word (even when I was speaking French) and didn’t help with anything at all. I’m not sure how this level of service can be anything like a standard at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand.
Welcome Drink at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
After all these complaints, it’s on time to say something positive: Service in the lobby, where we had our welcome drink, was friendly and swift. The lobby itself is beautiful and an incredible place to hang out at the first place.
That paired with a welcome drink, which we chose two glasses of white wine, served with some snacks, made up for a nice start into the evening.
Gym at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
As far as I’m concerned, InterContinental is a business chain, usually offering spacious gyms. That was impression at hotels like the InterContinental Sydney or the InterContinental Berlin. And then there’s the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, which offers a small room at the back of the gym.
There are a few treadmills, some other machines, but no weights at all and no bench. Sure, the machines are very modern and high quality, but that alone just doesn’t make a great gym. Other than that, there are no recreation facilities besides a Spa, which is totally overpriced.
Overall impressions of the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
Let’s begin with the positive: The location of the InterContinental Le Grand is amazing, the building looks beautiful and the breakfast spread is very good. Sadly, everything else was totally disappointing, from tiny rooms, lots of street noise to a small gym and bad or rude service (with only a few exceptions). I definitely wouldn’t return to the Le Grand Hotel Paris and would rather choose any other hotel in the city like the Le Bristol Paris or the Hotel Molitor instead.