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Is 'habiter' used more often with or without a preposition?

What's more common (and correct): to use 'habiter' with a preposition (e.g. dans, à) or without?
For example:
Il habitait un grand hôtel, or
Il habitait dans un grand hôtel

For learning: French
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    The first is more often read in books, it's a little bit more "littéraire"
    the second is more common, in everyday life discussion.

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