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Hotel des Grandes Ecoles
Ranked #486 of 1,796 Hotels in Paris
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Taylor, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“staff was unbelievable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights, there was 16 in are party and the staff was very,very friendly and very helpful with any questions you might have about the city of Paris. If you are English speaking no worrys they all speak very good English . The lady that runs the kitchen in the morning was especially helpful when it came to ordering breakfast and lunch there at the hotel. We tried to tip her and she kept telling us that it wasn't neccecary because it was her job to make us at home in the hotel. Only one thing I did not like was a cobble stone walk to the office and court yard, and every time some one checked in or out of the hotel wheels on the pavement made a noise that woke you up in the morning.........(not a real big deal).
I totally recommended this hotel. Mike and trudy

Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

This hotel is a beautiful jewel in the heart of the Latin quarter. We enjoyed a romantic weekend in this beautifully renovated school. The staff was friendly; the room was cosy and quiet overlooking a leafy courtyard. We will definitely stay here again on our next visit to Paris!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

This hotel was booked after reading many TA reviews...so we knew what to expect and you can only hope it lives up to what you have read, knowing that we all have different expectations.

It did, with a few exceptions. Paris was hot, humid and one thing you do need at the end of a big day walking around is to be able to sleep well. The bed was just a double and although relatively comfortable it was a squash for two tall people. We had the fan on every night as there is not a window as such. A small panel next to the door opened in a fashion but the room was very stuffy after being shut up all day. Being on the ground floor in the garden section, opposite the office, (after asking for a quiet location) we were able to leave the door open with a louvred door on the outside pulled across and whilst this was a great solution for privacy and a bit of needed fresh air, it proved to be our undoing as on each night we were woken at midnight or thereabouts by other guests coming home late and chatting in the courtyard despite the signs stating that it was not to be used after 10pm for the courtesy of other guests.

I realise that this could have been addressed easily by letting the Manager, Marie, aware of the situation but it seems a bit high-schoolish and I addressed it by asking the people myself to keep it quiet...only to receive laughter and by people who were my own age if not mostly older. The noise did not last for long and in the end I just put ear plugs in my ears. The second time I have used them on the whole trip.

The room was spacious enough, a double bed, small table and chairs, though bags were on the floor as no dedicated space for them. Again there were no TV's, not such a big deal, but not having the ability to make a cup of tea or coffee was sorely missed even though I was aware of the lack. Particularly when one of the best coffee shops in the country is right across the road, The Sugarplum Coffee Shop, but does not open until midday. The room had heavy curtains so it would be easy to block out the light if getting the fresh air in was not a priority. The bathroom was clean and functional, towels changed daily. The only issue would be that our room #33 had a shower over a very deep bath should climbing in and out be a problem. This room is also next to the sliding door which allows guests into the upstairs area. You can hear this opening and closing if a light sleeper. Again the ear plugs proved their worth. WiFi was available but dropped out frequently requiring constant logging in.

Overall we loved this hotel and particularly the location in the Quartier Latin. Very close to the Metro Cardinal Lemoine giving access to all areas but also close by foot to explore the Left Bank. The garden is absolutely superb and blows away all the annoyances of a few noisy guests from the previous night. We sat out there for many hours at the end of the day with maps and drinks having fun deciding where to go next.

When we left to head to CDG for our flight home we had a few options from taxi at around E60, shuttle bus E15 each but not necessarily timely or the Metro. We chose the latter. We trundled about 10-15 mins down the road with our bags, mostly downhill, to RER Luxembourg on Blvd St Michel to catch the train directly to CDG for a total of E9,75 each. The trip takes around 50 mins and it was easy to do. You will have to carry your luggage down a flight of stairs. Many of the stations around Paris do not have escalators or lifts to the platforms. Worth checking these features if you are not able to carry your luggage, sometimes up several levels of stairs.

There is nothing different to what I have read in previous reviews and it was great to personally experience this lovely old building with its secret garden.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

There is definitely charm here. Great courtyard and you can bring your own food and you will be supplied place settings. Neighborhood is also amazing! Beds are hard as a rock and pillows are not great either. The breakfast is a bread orgy! This place is simple and very Parisian, but if you are looking for any type of comfort this is the wrong place for you.

Room Tip: The rooms are cute, but small and the showers are extremely small so make sure to ask for a room tha...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

Cute boutique hotel in the centre of the Latin Quarter. This is the Paris I love so much as the minute you walk out the front gate there are so many cafés, bars and restaurants to choose from. The hotel itself is picture perfect with blooming flowers surrounding a cobblestone courtyard with tables and chairs to enjoy a glass of wine and catch up with friends. A real oasis in the centre of everything to arrive back to after a long day out sightseeing or shopping. Our room was very clean with a fresh bathroom and a window that opens over the courtyard and garden. Some hotels are all the same no matter where you are in the world. For the real Parisien experience this is the place!

Room Tip: Rooms opposite the office and courtyard have the best garden view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you are looking for that 5 hotel star experience, go elsewhere. You are at the wrong place. If you are looking for a classic French experience in a great location with classic french staff...stay here. We LOVED it. We had probably the cheapest room in the place so were in the old building and yes the wallpaper is old and classically french toille, the room wasn't all that big, but the bed was comfortable enough, the bathroom was perfectly serviceable (a little bit of mold...but it's hot, humid and Paris..don't nitpick) windows overlooked the garden, they were quintessentially french and very cute! The garden was a lovely quiet respite at the end of the day. The English of the staff was very good. The hotel doesn't have air conditioning, and I knew this, so I had asked for a fan when I booked the room. It was ready and waiting when I arrived. They were also great about providing a wine opener for the room. If I had to pick a downside, it's the lack of just a cup of coffee. To get coffee there I think you had to get the breakfast (which we did on the first day) and it was a good continental breakfast with juice, coffee, croissants and sweet pastry but I generally just want coffee for a while when I wake up and there was literally nowhere within walking distance that opened before 8 in the morning. So...it would be great if you could just go down and get some coffee early in the morning. The metro stop is very convenient and we took it every day to something. I am a walker so for me it was an easy walk to Notre Dame and the Louvre. Very convenient metro to the Eiffel Tower. There's a couple of restaurants up the street and in a little central square from the hotel. The one has the BEST croquet monsieur EVER. We actually went back twice. If you get someone under 30 everyone speaks English these days so although I speak some French and tried to use it as much as I could (and many of the bread and cheese shops didn't speak English...or didn't use it), English was almost always spoken. The hotel gave us this great street that we could walk down close to the hotel that had fresh bread, fresh cheese from the fromage shop, fresh sandwich means or Fois Gras from the butcher, and a grocery store as well as a wine store. THE best brie I have EVER eaten. All in all, a great trip, the hotel was exactly what they say they are...nothing more nothing less, and was the experience we were looking for. we thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend.

Room Tip: We had a cheap room up on the third floor...302 I think...and it was just fine. I am really not loo...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

Tucked away in a side street in the Latin Quarter, there is little to suggest that this hotel is anything special - until you step into the courtyard that houses the two buildings which make up the accommodation. Cobbled and dotted with shrubs and flowers, it offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of Paris and makes for a beautiful entrance to a traditional French house complete with shuttered windows. The traditional theme continues with the decor of the rooms, which are compact but adequate, while the staff are friendly and helpful. Breakfast is extra but at 9 Euros it's hardly going to break the bank. There is also a good selection of bars and restaurants nearby and a Metro station within five minutes' walk. I would thoroughly recommend the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel des Grandes Ecoles
Address: 75 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Quartier Latin
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
#26 Best Value Hotel in Paris
#159 Family Hotel in Paris
#229 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel des Grandes Ecoles 2*
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
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