Hotel Des Grandes Ecoles
75 Rue Cardinal Lemoine, Paris, France
www.hotel-grandes-ecoles.com - +33(0)1 43 26 79 23
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Hotel Des Grandes Ecoles Paris Reviews
Hidden Gem in Paris Jun 02, 2013
What a beautiful place this was. The pictures don’t do it justice! The room we stayed in was a beautiful room with a very comfortable bed, a small table and chair, a small couch and a bathroom with an amazing shower. I say amazing because the water pressure was great. I judge a bathroom more on the showers water pressure than I do anything else, so the bathroom here gets an A+. There is no air conditioning, but the room had a big window in the bedroom, and a smaller window in the bathroom, so staying comfortable was not an issue. During the day, the main “gate” is open, but at night it is closed and locked, so you need your rooms’ keycard to get in. Also, you need your keycard to gain access to your building, then again of course to your room. The steps leading up to our room were steep, and narrow, so if you have mobility issues, be sure to let them know so you get a ground floor room.
We stayed here four nights and absolutely loved it! Check out time is 12 noon, so when we first arrived at 7:30am, we understood when our room wasn’t ready. The staff at the check-in desk is very friendly and spoke very good English. We were able to leave our bags with them, and they gave us a map and directions to a small square nearby where we could sit and relax and get a bite to eat, as well as other points of interest. Of course they said we could have breakfast there and sit in the very beautiful court yard if we wanted to, but breakfast is not included in the price of the room, so we wanted to explore a bit.
I cannot recommend this little hidden gem enough! When we come back to Paris, we WILL be staying here!!
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Super nice Feb 26, 2012
I was very much in doubt whether or not to write a review about this hotel. I would rather have kept this hotel a secret.
Actually, it is a hidden gem in one of the greatest cities on earth. Most hotels in the city of Paris are either well overpaid or have nothing to offer but tiny rooms without any bit of comfort.
Hotel Grandes Ecoles is an exeption. It is situated in the lovely Quartier Latin right opposite the old appartment where Ernest Hemingway used to live while in Paris.
The entrance to the complex is by two big doors and if there was no sign of the hotel, you wouldn't have recognised it and have passed it by.
Behind the big doors is a bigger surprise. You find yourself in a romantic garden surrounded by small pink buildings, which house hotel rooms. Are we in a big city?
The atmosphere is superb. The moment you enter the reception you feel very familiar. The wall paper reminds of the older days at grandmothers home: flowers everywhere.
The lounge is super cozy and the staff friendly. Our room was on the first floor of the main building. Here again the flowers on the wall paper give a romantic atmosphere. THe bed was an old queen size bed. Only the queen must have been very very small, because I couldn't stretch my legs and with 1.20 meters it is very narrow for a couple. Or is this also romantic?
The bathroom is small and behind a strange door, which çan't open if the main room door is open. Watch your hands!
Still, this is a great place to stay when in Paris for a few days.
Great restaurants are around the corner, Boul Mich and the Pantheon are on a stone throw away and the rest of Paris is accessible from the nearby Metro station.
Please don't book this hotel all together, because I am certain to come back and want a spare room...
...in February 2012 I returned here to stay a long weekend. The Grandes Ecoles had no big changes and had lost non of its charme. During the last night Paris had turned snowy white which gave an even more charming appeal!
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Great locale Apr 14, 2010
This was a fine "European" hotel. It is very scenic and located in a great part of the Latin Quarter. Best for its local feel with several cafes, bars and restaurants a few steps away and on the lively Rue Mouffetard. Small rooms and lesser amenities than American hotels, but you shouldn't be indoors anyway when you're visiting Paris. A five minute walk to the Seine and Notre Dame.