The Latin Quarter is Paris’s oldest neighbourhood, famously deriving its name from the language that was commonly spoken around the Sorbonne University during the Middle Ages. Clustered around the Left Bank of the Seine River, it boasts historic charm and culture in abundance, as well as some of the finest places to sleep in the city.
Hôtel d’Aubusson was built in the 17th century | Courtesy of Hôtel d’Aubusson / Hotels.com
The most authentic way to discover the historic legacy of the Latin Quarter district would be to stay in one of its oldest venues, such as Hôtel d’Aubusson. This hotel was built in the 17th century and has preserved its olden-day quirks with passion and flare, including features such as Versailles parquet, traditional wood beams and monumental fireplaces in Burgundy stone. There’s also the gorgeous Aubusson tapestries (a particular style of tapestry that originated in Limousin) that inspired the hotel’s name. Make sure to take advantage of the hotel’s interior patio, a hidden winter garden that functions as a welcome haven of peace, sheltered away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s no better place to enjoy a taste of Parisian life than by tucking into a croissant and coffee on this terrasse.
Hôtel d’Aubusson is not the only hotel in the Latin Quarter to boast a long history – in fact, Relais Christine is even older. Tucked away in a secluded leafy courtyard in an upmarket corner of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this boutique venue is often billed as one of the Left Bank’s best-kept secrets. After strolling through its quiet cobbled courtyard, each lucky guest is greeted by a complimentary glass of champagne or cocktail upon arrival. Drinks aside, the hotel is a short walk from the peaceful Luxembourg Gardens and prestigious Luxembourg Palace, as well as the famous Île de la Cité and Forum des Halles, which is one of the biggest shopping centres in Paris. But the ultimate highlight of staying at the Relais Christine is the spa, where guests can sit back and relax beneath 13th-century stone vaults.
If you’re a lover of fine art – and of even finer hotels – then Hôtel Bel Ami is a perfect choice to consider for a unique place to stay in the City of Lights. Hidden on a tiny side street, this luxury five-star hotel is located just a 10-minute walk from the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum. After a long day marvelling at the 35,000 works of art on display across its 300 rooms, there’s no better way to unwind than at Hôtel Bel Ami’s spa and sauna. But there’s far more to this place than just relaxation. The Latin Quarter in Paris has attracted intellectuals since the 18th century, and this hotel is no exception. Hôtel Bel Ami is actually housed in a former 19th-century printing works, the very place in which the first copy of Guy de Maupassant’s famous novel Bel Ami (1885) was printed and from which the hotel takes its name.
Hôtel de Buci is an elegant four-star hotel that takes real pleasure in the picturesque, with sumptuous draping fabrics and ornate antique furniture at every turn. There are 24 guest rooms and suites whose decor is inspired by 18th-century design. Between the silks, embellished woodwork and Louis XV-style dressers, there is a majestic, almost regal sophistication to this setting. Whether you have a taste for modern art or more classical masterpieces, the hotel is also ideally positioned for exploring the galleries that line the Rue de Seine. Hôtel de Buci is a convenient base for designer shopping, too, with the likes of Armani, Hugo Boss and Yves Saint Laurent close by, and some of the most interesting bookshops in Paris right on its doorstep.
Of course, you don’t have to choose luxury to discover the best of the Latin Quarter. If you prefer a smaller, more relaxed setting, then Hôtel Eugénie is a great option. There are 28 stylish, modern guest rooms on offer, the design of which serves to remind guests of the stunning city that surrounds them. The walls are adorned with pictures of beautiful Parisian cityscapes, from the Louvre pyramid to the Seine River. This cosy three-star hotel is located just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Pont Neuf, as well as the architectural masterpiece that is Notre-Dame Cathedral. Given the abundance of sights right on Hôtel Eugénie’s doorstep, particularly when it comes to architecture, there simply couldn’t be a more picture-postcard space to spend your stay in the Latin Quarter.