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Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is the oldest district in the French capital. At its heart stands the Sorbonne, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in France.

Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, the Latin Quarter is just 15 minutes on foot from our hotel and attracts visitors from around the world. Its name comes from the intensive usage of Latin in the lessons held at the medieval schools and universities in the area. At the heart of this emblematic area straddling Boulevard Saint-Michel, you’ll find yourself at the beginning of Paris’ long history. The Arènes de Lutèce and the Thermes de Cluny (at the Musée de Cluny) are the only visible remnants of Lutetia, the Roman city which is now Paris. In the Middle Ages, the Latin Quarter, built on the ruins of Lutetia, became the birthplace of the University of Paris when Robert de Sorbon, with the aid of Louis IX, founded the college that would become the Sorbonne. For those interested in this period, the Musée de Cluny (20 mins from the hotel) showcases all the splendour of medieval art.

There’s so much to see and do in the Latin Quarter. Visit the Sorbonne and its square lined with traditional Parisian cafés, or the Pantheon, where some of the greatest figures in French history are interred (including Pierre and Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Jean Jaurès, Jean Moulin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire and Emile Zola). Then visit the Saint-Séverin church, or wander the Rues de Saint-André-des-Arts, de la Huchette, de la Harpe and Mouffetard (Rue de la Huchette being famed for its jazz club). There’s also Place de la Contrescarpe, which is brimming with eateries, as well as the Théâtre de l’Odéon and the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg bordering Saint-Germain-des-Prés.



A meeting place of intellectuals since the 19th century, Montparnasse has attracted some of the biggest names in world culture including Picasso, Miró, Joyce and Hemingway. Known for its chic cafés, its station, its tower which dominates the Paris skyline, its artist workshops and its cemetery, this bohemian-turned-residential quarter has one of Paris’ must-see locations.

The 14th arrondissement

There are many things to see and do and places to discover in Paris’ 14th arrondissement, with its villagey feel. Discover Boulevard du Montparnasse with its world-famous brasseries, then get up close to contemporary art at the Fondation Cartier museum. Wander round Place Denfert-Rochereau and down Rue Daguerre, then brave the macabre Paris Catacombs. Finally, while away the time around Parc Montsouris or Montparnasse Cemetery where many writers have been laid to rest.

Jardin du luxembourg

Located in Paris’ 6th arrondissement, between the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse, the Jardin du Luxembourg is a g park beloved by Parisians and tourists alike. Whether alone, on a romantic outing, or as a family, wander down its pathways, across its lawns or round its pools, or enjoy one of the many activities on offer for young and old alike.