Hotel des Grandes Ecoles
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel des Grandes Ecoles Paris
A wonderful stay
We stayed at Hotel des Grandes Ecoles, Paris for one week in October. It was a wonderful experience. The hotel location is great, the employees (especially the adorable young lady who serves breakfast - you must meet her!) are friendly and helpful and our room was perfect. We stayed in the garden building, third floor and I would want to stay there again. To hear the school children singing (school close by)only adds to the pleasant experience of sitting in the garden having a glass fo wine. You definitely must book early!
I stayed here recently with a friend visiting from the US - we were a bit apprehensive having read the earlier review (despite the other glowing recommendations). Our experience could not have been better.
The hotel is situated in a quiet but fun area close to eating places and bars. The standard of accommodation is very average and breakfast is on the mean side. However, despite having some advantages the service is less than adequate. I am a woman and was travelling alone to Paris. I booked the hotel via the Internet and received a written confirmation direct from the hotel. However, when I arrived I was told that I had cancelled several days earlier by phone and that the hotel was full. The lady in reception (a mother and her 2 daughters seem to run the hotel and it was the daughter with the long dark grey hair who attended to me), proceeded to discuss my situation with a colleague in front of me for a few minutes, completely ignoring me, despite the fact that I speak fluent French. Eventually I asked them to let me know what was going on and they told me that they could not prove I had cancelled but that they would cancel the person after me and give me his room.
Just what you need
I read the other reviews and they seemed a long so here is the blunt version
If you want somewhere clean, pretty, atmospheric, quiet (it's set back from a relatively quiet road in a courtyard) exceptionally friendly and fair value for money then you couldn't do much better.
The four month waiting list should also tell you something...
I stayed with my family at the "Grandes Ecoles" for a little more than a week at the start of January, 2001. My brother, sister, and I were all in our 20s and my parents took us on what they predicted (accurately) would be our last family vacation, just the 5 of us.
My wife and I stayed at the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles for eight nights the end of May and the first part of June, 2003. We found the hotel to be as many reviewers have said, an oasis of quiet charm with helpful staff. Madame and Marie le Floch manage the hotel with efficiency and personal attention. Our room was adequately large with a clothes closet, end tables next to our bed, a window looking out on to the courtyard and an adequate sized bathroom with tub and shower. We had breakfast each morning in the dining room next to the office where we were met each morning by Madame who was always cheerful as were the other servers. We had the feeling that the hotel was almost like a bed and breakfast in that the guests often chatted during breakfast and later in the day out in the courtyard sitting at the tables which have umbrellas when needed. Frequently guests sat outside in the afternoons and evenings and ate food and drank beverages they had bought. The hotel is located not far the the market on the Rue Moufetard where there are places to eat also. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles and definitely plan to reserve again when we return to Paris.
Quiet and great location
Stayed 4 nights in May 2003. Room was clean, good sized and updated. Bed was comfortable. Quiet, peaceful setting even though it is in the heart of the Latin Quarter. 2 minute walk to be in the middle of shops, cafes and restaurants. Outstanding value for room. Breakfast was a bit pricey for breads and coffee. Staff is friendly. Would definitely stay again. This was one of our favorite hotels in three week trip through Europe, but it is not the hotel for you if you need lots of help carrying bags, etc.
The Charming Hotel des Grandes Ecoles
The Hotel is charming - three pink stucco buildings around a courtyard garden where Madame serves breakfast in the morning. It's set back from the street and seems removed from the city despite its location close to everything. It's only about a 10-minute walk to Notre Dame and a block or so away from the restaurant stree Rue Mouffetard and the shopping of St. Germain. At the bottom of the hill is a convenient cafe and a Metro Stop, the Cardinal Lemoine. My room on the top floor of the older, main building was roomy and comfortable - and I stayed there for about $95/night without breakfast when I went in Sept. '01. The Hotel is comfortable, convenient and very well priced. I think it deserves more than the two stars it rated.
The location is great; close to all the things we love about the Latin Quarter (Mario's on Rue Mouffetard, to name but one place). It is an uphill walk from the nearest metro station, but we never minded that. While we were there, jackhammers were breaking up the street outside the gates during each day. That's not the fault of the hotel, of course. One night, very late, we were sound asleep with our door locked. We heard loud (American) voices at our door, and then a key inserted into the lock and the door burst oepn and the lights turned on. 'Hey!' 'Oops, sorry' came the reply. The woman in reception didn't speak enough english to be able to understand our mix of english and french as we tried to explain what had happened. I was frightened, and didn't feel safe for the rest of our stay there. That said, I accidentlly left a favourite pair of trousers hanging on the hook in the btahroom. When I got home and realised I'd left them, we faxed the hotel and asked if they could be shipped back to us. That was done gladly. All in all, I would stay again, if we were assured of a second storey room in the back, with secure locks on the door!
Hesitate to write review, as I don't want it overbooked when we go back! central to everything, great service, courtyard to die for! easy walk to metro, Seine, Sorbonne, latin quarter restaurants...clean cozy rooms, loved it!