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“Perfect home base for a week in Paris” 5 of 5 stars
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75 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)   |  
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Ranked #204 of 1,793 Hotels in Paris
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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“Perfect home base for a week in Paris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This was our second visit at this charming hotel, both in the month of January (2011 and 2013). The location is nice, with close access to the Metro, bridges across Seine, and local highlights of the Latin Quarter. Our rooms have been very generous in size, have nice furniture and beds, and spacious bathrooms. Marie the hotel manager is incredibly helpful and sets the right tone for us when we first arrive. We will come back again, perhaps in warmer weather so we can sit outside and enjoy the lovely garden.

Room Tip: talk with Marie about what you'd like.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

This was the second time I have stayed here. The first time early 2006 with my three daughters. This time, It was just my husband and I. A double room is alot smaller than the quad room we had last time, but no less quaint. The hotel is very well situated in the Latin Quarter, and is within easy walking distance to many of the sites. We particularly enjoyed Rue Mouffetard and all it's offerings. We didn't eat breakfast at the hotel, preferring to try the local cafe's.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Port Moody, B.C.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Located in the Latin Quarter this hotel is a 20 minute walk to Notre Dame. It is about 250 meters from a active and lively Place decontrescarpe, full of students bistros and shops. The rooms are clean and well appointed. The staff are helpful.

Room Tip: Ask to face the courtyard
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I would really have liked to be able to write a positive review about this charming-looking hotel but unfortunately I never got to stay there due, almost entirely, to their poor booking system. Early in January I attempted to reserve a double room for three nights in May. I received a response from the hotel stating that it was too early to book for May. (I must admit I wondered why they couldn't just use a reservation system like everyone else.) I duly requested a reservation after 15 January as I was instructed only to be told they had no room in May. Couldn't they have already told me on 9 January if they were full in May? Why couldn't my booking have been carried over to 15 January? I am very disappointed and now have to set out again searching for suitable accommodation. Not happy!

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This hotel is tucked away behind large doors in a courtyard. There are two buildings, one of which contains the Reception and Breakfast Room with both having rooms.

The room we had was on the top floor of the second building across the courtyard. It was quiet, and notably had no television (not a problem for us at all, but rather rare these days). The decor was an old fashioned floral wallpaper which played to our idea of a Paris from the past. The bed a on the small side for two, but perfectly acceptable. The small bathroom was clean, and there was a good shower over the bath.

Breakfast for €9 included a pot of tea or coffee, a roll, croissant and two pastries with butter and jam. Though basic it was perfectly adequate.

This hotel was not expensive, and provided a bed to sleep in and breakfast in the morning. Since we merely required somewhere to sleep at night, it served the purpose perfectly.

The staff were friendly and helpful, and perfectly happy to speak English to those whose schoolboy french was somewhat rusty.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The Hotel is just charming! The staff keeps a friendly and joyful environment and makes our stay really happy. It's the fourth time we stay in this wonderful spot and we just love it! We feel at home everytime we come to Paris. A lovely garden welcomes the guests and has flowers even in winter. The rooms are well cared and the bathrooms are extremely neat. It is not a luxury hotel, it does not have TV, mini bar,..., but it has all we wanted for a perfect stay in Paris: excellent location, a great variety of restaurants nearby, easy access to all main monuments and museums, friendly staff -also to our small children and clean and comfortable rooms. We intend to always return to this place that we keep in our hearts!

Room Tip: The rooms with a garden view tend to be smaller but they are more silent and pleasant.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

A friend recommended this hotel as she stays here frequently. It was a pleasant surprise to walk off the street, through the gates and find this oasis of charm. The hotel provides everything one could want, with no frills.
The accommodation is clean, attractive and comfortable. The staff are friendly and helpful and the breakfast, which is continental is served efficiently.
I like to walk and the location allows for this but I would recommend good walking shoes!
The restaurants nearby were a disappointment. On the second evening of our stay we ate closer to the centre of Paris.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel des Grandes Ecoles

Address: 75 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Panthéon
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#22 Best Value Hotel in Paris
#157 Family Hotel in Paris
#176 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
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