Hotel des Grandes Ecoles

75 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, Paris, France, 75005

Price from: £100

Hôtel des Grandes Ecoles - exterior

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#22 of 80
expert-rated hotels in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.2
4.2
Eating/drinking:
3
3.0
Public areas:
4.6
4.6
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3
3.0
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, History, No fuss, Romance

Expert review of Hotel des Grandes Ecoles

A gorgeous slice of provincial France in the heart of Paris.

The first time you stumble across this hotel, sitting in a garden at the end of a cobbled lane, you could be forgiven for thinking you've arrived at a country manor, rather than being in the heart of the Latin Quarter. It's family-run and endearingly old-fashioned with endearingly provincial prices to match from the days when it was a simple B&B for visiting academics.

Location: 

You’re in the heart of the Latin Quarter, just seconds from the busy cafés of place de la Contrescarpe and the food shops of rue Mouffetard, yet in a very quiet setting: the only noise you're likely to hear is birdsong and children from the primary school next door. It's an easy walk to Ile St-Louis and the Right Bank too.

Bedrooms: 

The 51 rooms are well-tended and charmingly rustic with flowery wallpaper, lace bedspreads and wooden bedheads. Not a place for those after technology and business facilities, more of a quiet getaway: there are no TVs and no air conditioning, although they can supply fans if necessary. Many of the bathrooms, most with bath, have been recently redone. Top-floor rooms can be a little dark and get hot in summer, but the first-floor rooms are light and good-sized — ask for one overlooking the garden. A couple of ground-floor rooms have French windows opening directly out onto the garden.

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Public areas: 

The garden is what truly makes this hotel so special, with abundant flowers, shrubs and shady trees (not the planted courtyards that often pass for gardens in Paris), and tables where you can have breakfast or an evening drink. Adjoining the reception, is an old-fashioned breakfast room with rush-seated chairs and lace tablecloths and a piano. Lifts have now been installed in the two main buildings.

Eating and drinking: 

A simple continental breakfast is served in the main building or in the garden in good weather.

Service: 

Many of the staff have been here for years and there's a definite family feel.

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Who stays there: 

International tourists, French families up from the provinces.

Price advice: 

Breakfast is 8 euros.

Pros: 
The garden
Central yet quiet location
No TV
Breakfast available until noon
Cons: 
No TV
Often fully booked

More information on Hotel des Grandes Ecoles:

Price from:
£100
Type:
Hotel
Address:
75 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, Paris, France, 75005
Free tags / Keywords:
garden
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Latin Quarter

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