Yes, Paris is the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees and the Folies Bergeres. Mais oui, Paris is Notre Dame, the Louvre and rides on the Seine. But for those visitors who like to step off the beaten track, there are parts of Paris that are seldom frequented by tourists. The one we’d like to tell you about right now is a particular favourite of ours and one of the city’s most unusual locations. It can be found in the 12th arrondissement, on the Avenue Daumesnil, just a stone’s throw from the Place de la Bastille, and is called the Viaduc des Arts. Close to this place of artistic effervescence nestles the Hotel Marais-Bastille, the ideal starting and finishing point for all your unusual visits.
Our local quality cinema, the Cine Metro Art Bastille, offers a wide reaching programme of films each week, focussing in particular on independent movies by auteurs. Moviegoers can catch screenings of new productions as well classics that have made a significant mark on the history of contemporary cinema. Just half a kilometre from the Hotel Marais Bastille, you can spend an entertaining evening with a thriller, a good comedy or a challenging art-house creation. The Cine Metro Art cinema promises a wealth of carefully selected productions presented to a high standard.Continue reading
After the festive months of summer, the capital prepares to welcome the trade fairs and exhibitions of late August through to the tail end of 2015. The month of September is a rich one for sampling the greatness of French gastronomy, as usual, but there’s also a whole host of great events coming to the capital which cater to a wide variety of interests.
Paris under the summer sun is an alluring city, inviting you to discover its hidden secrets and explore new horizons. Whether you’re a Parisian or a visitor, there’s always something new to discover about this city; its possibilities are endless. Take the opportunity to see what the more unusual tours are all about, because we think you’ll be fascinated as you see Paris from a fresh perspective and make the acquaintance of places that are away from the usual tourist trails. Just to give you an idea of some of the incredible depth of interest our city has to offer, here are a few recommendations.
The summer months in Paris are warm and languid, but there’s no shortage of things to do. Throughout the year and especially during the summer, the Paris Bike Tour offers a range of activities to please everyone. And while we’re on the subject of bike tours, we must not forget the arrival of the Tour de France !
The Saint Germain des Près district, located in the 6th arrondissement on the Left Bank of the Seine, has long enjoyed a reputation as having a certain cool, intellectual ambience. Unsurprisingly, this delightful part of Paris played a significant role in the rise to prominence of jazz in the mid-20th century. Today it is the setting for the annual Saint Germain des Près Jazz Festival, a relatively young but thriving event which regularly attracts some of the most creative and interesting talents in this particular genre of music. When you stay at the comfortable Hotel Marais Bastille, you are situated just across the Seine from the festival and can reach the event quickly and easily.
It’s the only tennis Grand Slam event that is played on clay, and is generally considered to be the most physically challenging of them all. In 2015 the greatest tennis players in the world will once again be vying for the honour, prestige and glory that comes with victory in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland-Garros stadium, and you can be there to cheer on your favourite contenders. Get your tickets now for May 24th to June 7th and enjoy one of the world’s great sporting events, easily accessible from the Hotel Marais Bastille, where we’ll be happy to help with your transport arrangements.
Here at the Hotel Marais Bastille, we are within easy walking distance of the Place des Vosges, a beautiful square dating from the early 17th century. Designed and built by royal decree, it seems to embody the essence of the architectural charms of the Marais, a district steeped in history and culture. It is well worth visiting simply to sample the uniquely tranquil atmosphere of the place, but the Place des Vosges boasts an additional attraction for lovers of fine literature; it is the location of the Victor Hugo House in Paris.
We at the Hotel Marais Bastille are proud of our location in such a historically significant section of Paris. The story of the Paris Bastille fortress is one that reverberated around the world and still has significance today. Built in the 14th century to defend the city from the English during the Hundred Years War, it later became a state prison and was famously stormed by 600 rioters on July 14th 1789. This key event of the French Revolution was a major blow in favour of liberty. The fortress was later demolished and the Place de la Bastille was built where it formerly stood. Some of the stonework can still be seen today close to the Boulevard Henri IV. Today the district is rich in interest. Here are some of the nearby places you will want to visit when you stay with us.
The Museum of Romantic Life offers the perfect complement to a romantic getaway in Paris. Located in Pigalle, in the neighbourhood known as New Athens, the museum occupies a beautifully restored setting that is profoundly evocative of the romantic period. As we approach Valentine’s Day it seems very fitting that you should discover this often overlooked aspect of Parisian culture.