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OVERVIEW

With its clean-cut good looks and penchant for retro furniture, this independently-run boutique hotel is a great base for those seeking an authentic slice of Paris. Situated in the neighbourhood now known as quartier Saint-Martin, its peaceful rooms overlook a central courtyard and hip cafe-bar loved by guests and locals alike.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Less than a 15-minute walk from Gare du Nord's Eurostar terminal, the hotel is in the heart of the up-and-coming 10th arrondissement. Tucked down a side street off a busy road, it's seven minutes to the République metro stop and less than ten to the bars and bakeries of Canal St-Martin. You're within striking distance of some excellent cocktail and wine bars as well as bistro Les Rupins, with its daily changing menu and excellent steak-frites.

By plane: flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles de Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is 40 minutes' drive away. Book flights to Paris.

By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is 15 minutes' walk away. Book trains to Paris Gare du Nord.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Le Grand Quartier's most striking feature is its large central courtyard. There's also a rooftop terrace which is a real asset in summer months. The building itself is a former office block - but a decidedly elegant one, with large windows and a parquet floor. Communal spaces are uniformly stylish, with clean lines offset by industrial lighting and mid-century furniture.

THE FACILITIES

Service is informal but friendly. Check-in is at self-service digital desks, but there's always someone on hand to provide analogue assistance. Communal spaces invite languorous meals - especially the courtyard tables, for outside dining - but there's also a small gym in the basement and weekend yoga classes.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fitness centre
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Rooms are priced by size - from XS to L - and the smallest is a little snug. Nevertheless, they pack a lot in - a bijou desk, a television, a kettle and coffee machine plus a proper mug and glassware. The earthenware bathrooms come with Molton Brown toiletries and either a tub or walk-in shower.

Room types: 'XS', 'S', 'M', 'L'

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The café-bar is the hotel's social hub, and the space evolves throughout the day. Breakfast is a countertop offer of homemade granola, fresh fruit and daily-delivered croissants, plus savoury dishes made to order. Lunch options in Quartier are good, especially the traditional French fish dishes - but it's worth knowing that the restaurant is only open for lunch Monday to Friday.

Quartier: unpretentious, modern French cuisine. Open Mon-Fri for lunch. Plates from €8.

The Café: freshly baked pastries and speciality coffee. Open daily for breakfast.

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