Hotel Minerve Paris, you will discover Paris!
One of the most delightful quarters of Paris
Staying at the Hotel Minerve Paris means staying at the heart of one of the most emblematic quarters of Paris: the Latin Quarter. Philosophical, intellectual and spiritual, it takes its name from the exclusive use of Latin in the schools and universities established in the area in the Middle Ages. The Latin Quarter has remained very student-orientated, and harbours the famous Sorbonne, the more modern Jussieu campus, as well as the Sorbonne Nouvelle and the prestigious Collège de France. So many places which have inspired the name of Rue des Ecoles (“Schools Street”), in which our hotel is located.
Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the Seine, from its quays, the perfect place for a gentle stroll, its second hand bookstalls, its bateaux mouches and its Batobus river shuttle boats, the Hotel Minerve Paris offers quick access to an array of museums, monuments and tourist sites. For example, you are just a stone's throw from Ile Saint-Louis and Ile de la Cité, the illustrious quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Rue Mouffetard and the picturesque Place de la Contrescarpe. The hotel is also close to Boulevard Saint-Michel and Boulevard Saint-Germain, two famous thoroughfares steeped in history.
Some of the guestrooms of the Hotel Minerve Paris overlook two of the most beautiful Gothic structures in Paris, the Collège des Bernardins and Notre Dame Cathedral, whose towers you might be able to view from your window. The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from these monuments, as well as from the Panthéon, Sainte Chapelle, the Arènes de Lutèce (remains of a roman amphitheatre), the Great Mosque of Paris and the Wall of Philip Augustus, the oldest in Paris, of which some remains can be seen.
Make the most of your stay at the Hotel Minerve Paris to visit the many nearby museums, including the Natural History Museum and the Great Gallery of Evolution, as well as the Musée de Cluny – the National Museum of the Middle Ages, housed in a superb 15th century mansion. The Latin Quarter is also brimming with old bookshops, treasure troves for booklovers as well as collectors. A testament to the history of France, the quarter is also open onto the world, with the presence just a few tens of metres from the hotel of the Arab World Institute and the Finnish Institute, which both regularly hold fascinating exhibitions.
Some 50 m away from the Hôtel Minerve is the Palais de la Mutualité, which hosts a number of galas, congresses and events. The hotel is a few minutes from several cinemas, including the Desperado (formerly Action Ecole) and the Grand Action art house. Le Champo-Espace Jacques Tati and Studio Galande, offering a more mainstream programme, are also close to our hotel. A pleasant evening is also guaranteed at the Théâtre de la Huchette, located not far away, or at one of the quarter’s cabarets including the famous Paradis Latin, the Main au Panier, often described as the smallest of Paris’ big cabarets, or the Metamorphosis, established on a barge at the foot of the Notre Dame.
The Jardin des Plantes, also called the Garden of the King, is a stone’s throw from the Hotel Minerve Paris. This vast botanical garden stretching over 23.5 hectares, created in the 17th century, is the perfect place to enjoy a walk or run in the fresh air. You can also stroll around the nearby Jardin du Luxembourg, very popular with Parisians and tourists for its tree-lined alleyways, its ponds and its splendid landscaped gardens. Those who enjoy their sport can head to the Pontoise swimming pool, one of the oldest in Paris. Often open until late in the evening, in addition to its 33 m pool, it also boasts a large fitness area.
The area around Hotel Minerve Paris is brimming with dozens of cafes and restaurants. Traditional Parisian brasseries, Asian specialities, Mediterranean cuisine or seafood restaurants: whatever you fancy and whatever your budget, you are sure to find the perfect restaurant for you! The Latin Quarter also harbours a number of prestigious restaurants, such as the Tour d’Argent and Hélène Darroze’s establishment. With more than 60 Michelin-starred restaurants, the 5th arrondissement of Paris is without a doubt a food lover’s paradise.