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“A wonderful place even in the winter” 4 of 5 stars
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75 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)   |  
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Ranked #205 of 1,793 Hotels in Paris
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“A wonderful place even in the winter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

My wife and I stayed here because some friends were doing so as well and we all love the place. The breakfast if very adequate and Marie, who works during the day at the desk is charming. She forced us to practice our French and they were very helpful ordering the shuttle to the airports.The location couldn't be better and one can wander off for meals and coffee should you need to.
Moreover, there was no TV in the room, which was delightful.
The bathrooms were clean, the water hot and the bed comfortable. They had wi-fi.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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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Paris, France
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

My family and I (8 of us in all) stayed at the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles for five nights and loved the charm and quaintness of the place. It is on a quiet street in the Latin Quarter. The rooms are covered in wallpaper that sets a decidedly feminine tone. The beds were comfy, the bathrooms were clean and the rooms were quiet. We slept great! In the mornings one can eat breakfast for 9E in the cozy dining room. They serve a great warm croissant, jam, juice and coffee. The staff is very Parisian. We loved their etiquette and manners. Overall, this is a fantastic place to stay while enjoying Paris.

  • Stayed June 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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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6 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We found this hotel by accident and as we make a point of going to Paris every year, we are now to the point that we do not go if we cannot stay in this hotel. Or rather: we go when this hotel has one of its wonderful rooms for us. The welcome is always warm, the rooms are splendid and the location superb. We love the old and quaint design of the rooms and the cleanliness is great! The staff not only speaks great English but also is incredibly helpful and the place is quiet. To top it all off: there is parking downstairs for your car. We cannot wait until our next trip to Paris!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for the second time for a week in January 2014. The first time we stayed here was in the summer several years ago. Obviously, we had a good experience previously as we cam back, despite the fact that Paris offers a lot of good hotels. In our experience and based on our research this hotel is an especially good value. In addition, the property is aesthetically pleasing and very well maintained; the staff is professional, friendly, and helpful, the rooms are of an adequate size, and the bathrooms are clean and well furnished. Given that this an old building and apparently retrofitted to a hotel, there is, I suspect, a lot of variance in room size and layout throughout the building, I suspect. My advice is to ask for a higher priced room (only about 10 euros more and called a "superior," I think) and facing the courtyard. We stayed on the top floor but I noticed that the lower floor (the second, as I remember it) had much larger windows so I would probably try one of them next time. Two not so great things I feel I should mention are; (1) the walls in our room were paper thin and we could hear the fellow next door snoring (!) as though he was in our room; and (2) the internet service is very spotty, at least on the top floor, and I had to go down to the breakfast room regularly to go online. The bottom line is that I would return to stay here and obviously recommend it to others looking to stay in or around the Latin Quarter.

Room Tip: Please see review; we prefer the superior rooms looking out to courtyard.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We read so many good reviews so decided to stay in this hotel. Our experience is disappointing.

The room is tiny and it definitely needs some updating. Wall paper is old and stained. Bathroom ceiling paint is peeling.

The staff tried to be friendly but not convincing. Perhaps location is good enough so it's not necessary to try so hard. The room is however very clean. WIFI stops and slow.

Room Tip: Rooms are a bit more spacious at the other side of the reception building.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

My wife and I stayed here over the New Year's holiday and had a wonderful time. The hotel is comfortable, lovely, very quiet, and possesses a very attentive and friendly staff. it's located between two Metro stops and near a square, Contraescarpe, with many bars and restaurants (be sure to try Verlaine). A wonderful place to stay.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Why do I like this place so much?
Because it is a great romantic place, where you can let your imagination roll.
In no specific order:
It is secluded, away from the street with an inner courtyard. Hence, it is very quiet. If the weather permits, you can have your breakfast outside, in the courtyard, a luxury in Paris.
The buildings are old, there are cobblestones, you could be back in the 19th century ...
It is perfectly located, at least if you wish to be in Quartier Latin, with all its restaurants, clubs. It is a short walk to the Seine, and major monuments such as Panthéon etc. The métro station is just nearby.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
The rooms are not that expensive (for Paris), and considering how popular the place has become; it is advised to book ahead of time. The rooms are quite tiny though, there is no TV, hence it is basic. But who cares about TV if you are in Paris?
Internet is free but slooooow

In conclusion, I'll be back there for sure.
It is a perfect whether you are alone, as a couple (sooo romantic) or for work (major universities are nearby).

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 75 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Panthéon
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
#21 Best Value Hotel in Paris
#158 Family Hotel in Paris
#177 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
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