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Hotel des Grandes Ecoles - Paris

We just returned from Paris, and stayed twice at the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles. (before and after the RS Loire Valley and the South of France tour).

The setting was beautiful - quiet yet convenient to everything. For dinner, we would often buy takeaway food and a bottle of wine and eat in the garden.

On our first morning, we met a woman who stays at this hotel twice a year, and has been doing so for the past seven years. A couple of days later, we talked to another couple who had been coming to the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles for 20 years. Toward the end of our stay, we met a woman from Canada who had been coming to the hotel every year for the past 40! She said: I have travelled all over the world, and this hotel is my favorite spot.

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We stayed there 15 years ago for almost two weeks and liked it very much. A special atmosphere and good location. They gave us a very nice room, probably because we'd booked so many nights. We had all our breakfasts at the Cafe Descartes up the street, delicious. We've returned there (the cafe) several times on later trips.