‘My Favourite Hotel’ review – Hôtel Grand Amour, Paris

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Today’s review in our ‘My Favourite Hotel’ series covers Hôtel Grand Amour in Paris.

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Today we have a review of a lovely boutique hotel in Paris:  Hôtel Grand Amour, reader Jake’s favourite hotel.

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Over to Jake:

Paris happens to be a frequent stop in my business travel circuit as I work in fashion. Admittedly I work on the operations side, so I am familiar with the world of formalities, glass office meetings, and the likes.

Like most Head for Points readers, I anticipate that choosing a chain – whether airline, hotel or restaurant –  brings with it a degree of consistency, expectation and, of most interest to us, a reward structure.  I admittedly do fall victim to the latter, but can’t help feeling sometimes that hotel rooms and lobbies begin to blur together with their stylistic similarities.  Can we not agree that if you were to be teleported into one of these rooms you may very well not know what city you are in (without obvious tell-tale signs like the view out your window or dial-out instructions on the phone)?

For that very reason I have a few favourites when I am travelling, and the Hôtel Grand Amour in the 9th arrondissement of Paris is one of them.  Most notably, the experience far outweighs any opportunity costs that large hotel chains may offer by way of points. No free continental breakfast and newspaper, but instead a homely Parisian ambiance.

With two locations in Paris, I chose the 9th arrondissement location as I can be in the lobby with a brisk 10 minute walk from Gare du Nord (for reference – I live in London).  The second location (direction Pigalle) is nominally further, but just enough to influence the decision of a frequent traveller.  So, within 20 minutes of Eurostar arrival you can be checked in and downstairs in the lobby (or the outdoor hidden courtyard, be sure to check it out) enjoying a glass of red.

Review Hotel Grand Amour Paris

As with many well executed concepts, Amour Hotels began (in my experience) as a small fashion and art industry hot spot well known during fashion weeks, now boasting two Paris locations and having expanded to Nice.  I have yet to visit the Nice location, but it’s on the agenda.

The cultural relevance of the modest Amour Hotels traces back to Swedish-French graffiti artist André. His playful art can be seen around Paris and in various pop culture references, but most importantly, all throughout the hotels. His playful artworking finds its way into the carpets, furniture, stationary, etc.

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Nothing to write home about, but it does add to the experience and could potentially instill some creative note taking or brainstorming!

And did I mention that toiletries (last time I checked) were supplied by Hermès Paris? And yes, replenished daily without questions.

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The Grand Amour is a boutique hotel, with a downstairs area that tends to adapt to the height of the sun and the energy of the day.

Breakfast – delicious! – can be served up French sweet or English savoury.  The downstairs restaurant in the early hours serves as a great hot desk to start your day, maybe even host a more casual meeting and by the afternoon the French ambiance inevitably takes over as the red wine begins to flow. In the evening the atmosphere loosens and a delicious full menu and bar are at your disposal.

I find you don’t necessarily have to leave. The people watching is rather enjoyable as the hotel’s clientele vary across creatives, professionals, artists, etc.  I have yet to experience an abundance of tourists, although I am sure it’s not far off!

Should you want to explore the neighbourhoods, the 9th and 10th have a lot to offer.  The family-run seafood restaurant down the street – Le Comptoir Iode – is incredible, or for a more elevated culinary experience – Le Mordant – serves a fantastic take on modern French cuisine.  In between you will find a flurry of wine bars, restaurants, etc. – a diverse offering within steps of the hotel.  I have also become quite friendly with the hotel staff, and have taken their guidance multiple times for food or drink recommendations – none of which have ever disappointed.

Circling back to the more traditional aspects of the review reveals that the Grand Amour location has 42 rooms, with super reasonable central Paris price points across their small / medium / large / superior rooms, and even the apartment.

I tend to rotate between small and medium rooms, often travelling alone for business, and each time has been a pleasant surprise as no two rooms are the same. Each one features a completely different theme and colour palette, and feels more like a livable room in someone’s home unlike the stiff neutral palettes of larger hotel chains.

This is one of the small rooms:

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This is one of the medium rooms:

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In summary, Hotel Grand Amour has struck an effortless balance across location, vibe, price point, and authenticity.  You can sense that the hotel is curated by locals, and offers a very comfortable landing pad for someone passing through the city for what is likely to be a whirlwind of meetings.

Returning to the hotel after a hard day’s work you will find the café you left in the morning converted into a relaxing (albeit lively) place to have a fantastic meal with what feels like locals or frequent visitors – instilling a sense of community that has made me a repeat visitor.  Keep safe and hope to see you there soon!

The Hôtel Grand Amour website is here if you want to find out more.

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Comments

  1. Thywillbedone says:

    Good series idea and a nice piece to start off with. Always good to hear of non-chain recommendations.

  2. Rob – great idea for a series of articles. I felt happy all the way through reading the article.

  3. Nathan says:

    Added to list. Unlike the significant other, I have never fallen in love with Paris and this may help. Possibly.

    Nice review. Good to read, but can Rhys please get his sub-editor hat on more squarely? Skipping lightly past the over-use of ‘playful’ in modern times; it’s an opinion, no doubt easily countered by modernists. The mis-use of ‘stationary’, whilst acceptable to the MS Word spelling check, is beyond the pail 😉

    • I agree, nice review. I know Jake alludes to the prices but it would be nice if instead he had said prices range between €x and €y, unless that was a deliberate ploy to get us clicking on the link? As to errors I am pretty sure ambiance is actually spelt ambience.

    • I can’t find ‘stationary’ in the review but I do hope that it describes the hotel. Spelling checkers check the spelling not the use of the word so the writer has to decide whether to use the correct one out of ‘stationary’ and ‘stationery’ and out of ‘discreet’ and ‘discrete’ although the grammar checker may notice.
      I think you meant ‘beyond the pale’ unless you were being hyper-ironic.

    • I think it’s Anika dealing with these reviews, isn’t it? And she is German… :))

    • Lady London says:

      …or even beyond the pale.

  4. Russell Gowers says:

    Really enjoyed this and now I want to visit this hotel… The writer may find next time he tries to book a room (whenever that may be…) the place is full of HfP readers gleefully harvesting the Hermes toiletries!

  5. memesweeper says:

    Great review of a place not on my radar. Many thanks.

  6. Whilst I do like the look of the lobby..I’m not too convinced by the rooms. Small and cheap motel look?

    • ChrisBCN says:

      I don’t like the look of the rooms either, the small looks REALLY small, and the medium looks small. Pretty dark and claustrophobic although we don’t see much of the rooms. I prefer brighter spaces myself, but I guess some must like this.

      • I like the look of the rooms, and if its leisure I quite like something a little quirky.

        The small room looks more like a single.

        No air-con which might be a problem in summer.

  7. Enjoyed reading this. Lovely idea for a series HfP, and kudos to Jake for this well-written article. I will look forward to the other reviews.

  8. Crafty says:

    I can attest this is a nice place to drop in for a drink, not seen an actual room there. So for those put off by the room sizes you could plan it into your itineraries that way instead.

  9. MAY L LIM says:

    Jake:
    Excellent article. Like the distance to Gare du Nord. Can I ask a few questions, please?

    – Is walking from the Gare to Hotel with 2 large luggage & 1 smaller carry on, doable?

    – in the hotel, is there
    – a lift or elevator (with 2 large bags, it is a struggle up the stairs)
    – a kettle in the room
    – a safe in the room

    Thanking you in advance,
    May
    From Malaysia

  10. How many articles are planned in total? And are you going to run the second wave of these article as long as travel bans are here to stay for the foreseeable future? I have a good one to review in Malaysia but was not quick enough to submit my bid last time because the submission window was only for 24hrs!

    • We have commissioned 25. If they go well (and they are so far) and there is no sign of our normal news flow picking up then we will order more, but not sure if we’ll stick to the initial 150 applicants.

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