Around Our Hotel in Latin Quarter Paris

Perfectly Parisian Attractions

Grand Hotel Saint-Michel is located in the heart of Paris’s lively Latin Quarter between the Panthéon and Luxembourg Garden. The Latin Quarter is situated on the left bank of the River Seine around the Sorbonne. Notre Dame Cathedral, Orsay Museum, Louvre Museum, Sorbonne University, shopping at Saint Germain des Près and a variety of restaurants are all nearby our Latin Quarter Paris hotel. The Bastille is also within a kilometer. Within two kilometers are Montparnasse and Invalides. Additionally, there are a number of metro stations within walking distance for ease in getting around the city. The nearby Luxembourg RER station provides direct access to Charles de Gaulle Airport, which is 35 kilometers away. Orly Airport is 20 kilometers from our hotel in Latin Quarter Paris. Opera, Madeleine, the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower are just three kilometers away. Montmartre & Sacré Coeur is four kilometers from the hotel. Peugeot, BMW, Senat and Virgin are within two kilometers.

L.E. Hotels Top Things to do in the Latin Quarter Paris

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, undoubtedly the Paris landmark and must-see monument, is 324 meters high. Built for the World Fair in 1889, the Tower took two years and two months to complete. You can take the stairs or the elevator up for a spectacular view of the city. Souvenir shops are on the first level, while the second level offers an opportunity to enjoy a gastronomic menu at the chic Jules Verne restaurant, 125 meters above ground level. The third and final platform offers an amazing 360 degree view of Paris.

Louvre Museum

Formerly the residence of the Kings of France, the Louvre is one of the French capital’s most renowned sites. With its rich past and collections, it is one of the world’s greatest museums. The best known of the Louvre’s extensive art collection is undoubtedly its most often visited and famous painting, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, located in the Renaissance Italian Paintings section. The Winged Victory of Samothrace, the celebrated headless statue with outspread wings, and the Venus de Milo are two of the most frequently viewed Greek statues.

Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elysees

The Arc de Triomphe is the centerpiece of the Place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, from where it majestically overlooks the Champs Elysées. Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 in homage to French military victories, the Arc is dedicated to the glory of the revolutionary army and the French army in general. It is adorned with reliefs and sculptures depicting scenes from Napoleon’s epic battle. From the terrace on top of the Arc de Triomphe, visitors can admire each of the twelve avenues that stem from the monument and awe at the view of the Champs-Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is known in France as" La plus belle avenue du monde". It is one of the most famous streets in the world and is filled with cinemas, cafes, luxury specialty shops and clipped chestnut trees.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The twin towers and three sculpted portals of the Notre Dame de Paris, built from the 12th to the 14th century, are instantly recognizable. Immortalized in Victor Hugo’s novel, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” the cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece enhanced by delicate stone filigree work. Prior to entering the nave, visitors can admire the fine stained-glass windows, some of which date back to the Middle Ages and take in the ghoulish gargoyles that adorn the roof gutters of the building.

Montmartre & Sacré Coeur

Montmartre & Sacré Coeur is dedicated to artistic creation. “La Cité Montmartre aux Artistes" is comprised of three art deco styled buildings from the 1930s, which together house 180 workshops. Painters, sculptors, filmmakers, photographers, musicians, writers, graphic artists live and work here. A pleasant visit allows those interested in contemporary art to fully admire their work and working world, and to talk to resident or invited artists. Crowning the Butte Montmartre, this church was built from 1875 onwards as an act of penance after France was defeated by the Prussians in 1870. Built in a Romano-Byzantine style, the building was consecrated in 1919 and given the name “Basilica,” thereby making it a shrine.

Orsay Museum

Since 1986, the Musée d’Orsay has been a palace, a hotel and a station. 
Among the different collections presented in the museum, the one devoted to Impressionism is the richest and best known and includes works by Auguste Renoir (“Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette”) and Claude Monet (“La Gare Saint-Lazare”).

Luxembourg Garden

Bordering Saint Germain des Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Garden was inspired from the gardens of Boboli and ordered by the Queen Marie of Medicis who pined for Florence, her birthplace. This French garden contains many flower beds, an orchard, a large octagonal pond where children sail their small boats, the refreshing Medicis Fountain and many outdoor sculptures. 


Sorbonne

In 1253, a college for 16 poor students who wanted to study theology was created at Louis IX's request. It became the Sorbonne as Robert de Sorbon, the King's confessor. After 1885, it became the most important university in France. The Sorbonne Church was built according to the will of Richelieu between 1935 and 1642. His grave and dome are inside the church.

Les Invalides

in 1670, King Louis XIV decided to build the "Hôtel Royal des Invalides" for wounded homeless soldiers of its different wars. Built in 1671, it was one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris. Today, it still maintains its initial purpose, but the building also houses three museums (Army Museum, "Plans-Reliefs" Museum and Liberation Order Museum) as well as the Napoleon 1st tomb designed in 1843 and two churches (the Dôme Church and Saint-Louis-des-Invalides Church).

Chateau de Versailles

The best known of France’s chateaux, the Château de Versailles, is also one of the most prestigious monuments of world heritage. Louis XIII’s former hunting lodge was transformed and extended at his son’s request, to house the seat of the royal court and the French government. Evocatively named sites, such as the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Chapel, are renowned for the magnificence of their decoration. In the 18th century, yet more apartments were added, and the Petit Trianon and the Hameau de la Reine joined the Grand Trianon created in 1687 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. The French-style gardens are home to over 400 marble and bronze statues and splendid fountains. The park, designed by Le Nôtre, open on to the Grande Perspective, lined with statues, flowering borders and groves.