I'm going through the hotels I have initially selected one by one now. I've heard about the Grandes-Ecoles so many times, and clearly many people here really like it. It looks great and a great location. This is tops on my list along with the Agora St. Germain where I've already stayed once.
But in reading the TA reports, I'm seeing a few negative reports about the G-E and wonder what others may think who have stayed there? Out of 160+ reviews the first 20 or so were not great but got increasingly better through the next ten, and after that were good to go (I always search by bad reviews first, may as well get the scoop).
A couple of them from 2005 complained about the lack of bathroom amenities and tiny uncomfortable beds...
One mentioned staying there in 2003 and the top floor had no AC (not sure if there is no AC in the hotel, period) and even worse there were bedbugs in their room (that alone is enough to make me keep looking - but then I think, ok, that was 6 years ago, surely it's been sorted out... but ugh bedbugs EVER... yes I know even top-star places are not immune...)
One from June 2007 also mentions an unclean room and getting bitten by something undetermined and they left a night early.
Another one from 2004 said "beware, not all rooms are the same quality"...
Another from 2004 complained of very soft beds and overall it's in need of an update... (My Dad has a bad back).
Cleanliness and Location are paramount. I'm not worried about "service", I can carry my own bags and hail my own taxi (though I would hope they would take care of a water pressure problem ASAP). I'm not worried about breakfast, we're in Paris, there are tons of choices and I'm sure we will take advantage of them. I just wondered if there were any additional thoughts here? I think the bedbug comment above is what turned me off the most, that and making sure my Dad is comfortable sleeping (he actually prefers to sleep partially reclined, like in a recliner, as opposed to a flat out bed but I know you can't expect that in hotel rooms.)
By the way, they did quote me 130 a night, and, I also heard from Agora who quoted me 189 a night. I already know the Agora, at least from one visit 4 yrs ago.