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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel des Grandes Ecoles Paris
So far a great stay
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We stayed here five years ago and fell in love with it. My wife wouldn't hear about staying anywhere else. It is an old school with huge steel doors that ensure privacy at night and security. It has a lovely cobblestone courtyard and trees with pigeons and other birds chirping away.
You are in the middle of the Left Bank surrounded by a multitude of varying styles of restaurants, bars and casual dining places. It is so quiet, very little traffic noise and the most quirky wallpaper in the rooms.
No , T V, radio mini bar or coffee facilities, but just peaceful!
The price is also very reasonable with free wi fi.
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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!
A wonderful plact to stay
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 staff was tremendously friendly and very helpful; the room, although small, was neat, clean and comfortable, overlooked the courtyard and was very quiet. My friend thought the pillows were a bit bumpy, but I found them to be pretty standard. The location is superb, as mentioned elsewhere. Breakfast was the standard - croissants, baguette, roll, hot drink, but substantial and very good. It is (justifiably) crowded and seems to be very popular on the US/Brit tourist route, so if you are looking for a place full of "exotic foreigners" you may be dissapointed (the only non-English speaking guests while we were there was a German couple). I will defintely stay here on my next trip to Paris!
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.
They were going to tell him that an error had been made. This 'honesty' about their solution and the total absence of an apology astounded me.
Goodness knows what they said to the man whose room I was given. The room was not the room I had requested of course, it was so dark that you needed the lights on in full daylight and there was no soap. I also slept badly due to the noise inside the hotel.
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...
Cafe? The? Chocolat?
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.
I stayed in a 3-person room with my brother and sister on the second floor of building across the courtyard from the office. Though it was January, the room stayed quite warm and we even opened the windows at night occasionally to cool the room. The beds were typical European twins and far from equal to my Stearns & Foster at home, but nevertheless decent. The room is small (but then again there were 3 of us) but had a telephone and a pretty view of the courtyard. There was plenty of storage for a week's worth of clothes for the three of us.
The bathroom was spacious by Parisian standards, with lots of pretty white tile and a large, free-standing toilet. The shower was a stall shower with standard European removable showerhead. It was cramped for my brother and me (we're a bit larger than average) but perfectly fine for our petite sister. Let's just say you get used to not bending over when you shower. Best part about the bathroom was the good lighting, in-room heater, and--surprise!--a window!
The hallways were fine, and there's even a spacious elevator to take you up to the second floor. The buildings are secure and must be entered with a key.
My parents' room was much nicer and at courtyard-level. They had a very large bathroom with a tub and large vanity. Their room was pretty with yellow toile and gorgeous French (appropriately) doors and toile curtains.
The best part of the hotel is our hostess (though I have forgotten her name--Marie?) who ushered us in to the breakfast room each morning with a pleasantly (loud!) BONJOUR! BONJOUR! She would seat us and prattle around, gathering baskets of croissants, baguettes, butter, jam, etc.
She would turn to each of us and enthusiastically ask, "Cafe? The?
Chocolat?" and occasionally, "Jus d'orange?" It was a riot. We had fun looking forward to her greetings each morning.
The location of the Grandes Ecoles is perfectly situated between Place Contrascarpe (and Cafe Contrascarpe) and the Metro Cardinal Lemoine.
But the best part is Rue Mouffetard, which is buzzing and jumping each evening, full of people, shops, cafes, tourists, locals, etc.
I'm visiting Paris again in a month and hope to get a room here, though it may be full. Cross your fingers for me!
Hotel des Grandes Ecoles a Grand Oasis
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!
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