Montparnasse is nestled on the left bank of the river Seine in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. From spooky catacombs and cemeteries to contemporary art at Fondation Cartier, there’s plenty to experience in this district. These are the best hotels in the area.
Victoria Palace Hotel Paris
Victoria Palace Hotel Paris | Courtesy of Victoria Palace Hotel / Hotels.com
Paris is home to some of the most elegant hotels in the world and the Victoria Palace Hotel is a sparkling example of what the Montparnasse district has to offer. This five-star hotel embodies Parisian sophistication with dazzling patterns sprucing up its curtains and fabric-covered walls. The rooms, which have high ceilings that lend an airy, spacious feel, are impressive in size. Not only is the Victoria Palace ideally placed right in the centre of the city, but it’s also near Rue du Cherche-Midi and Rue de Sèvres, the latter of which is known for its quaint boutiques and unique artisan shops. The hotel has routinely welcomed many famous names including James Joyce and the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico.
Raspail Montparnasse is a three-star Art Deco hotel in the heart of Paris’s left bank. Stepping into this hotel feels like stepping back into the Roaring Twenties, as guests are immediately greeted by classic, old-fashioned telephones complete with rotary dials, stylish retro lamps and striking graphic designs. Its sultry wood-panelled and leathered downstairs lounge draws influences from early Hollywood and the walls of its swirling staircase are adorned with replica Picasso paintings, as are the guest rooms. There are only 38 rooms in this cosy hotel, but each interior is thoughtfully decorated; nowhere else highlights the neighbourhood’s unique artistic heritage with such creative flair. The hotel is just a six-minute walk from the delightful Jardin du Luxembourg.
The Hôtel Le M, formerly known as Abba Montparnasse, is located on Rue de la Gaîté, just 100 metres from the Gare Montparnasse – one of the most important stations in Paris – and close to the Montparnasse Tower, a key tourist attraction in the area. The rooms are airy and spacious with ample working desk space and the ‘Cosy Double Rooms’ have the added quirk of leopard print flooring. The hotel is particularly well set-up for business travellers as there is a 24-hour front desk with multilingual staff who can settle you in regardless of what time you arrive, a fully-equipped business centre and even a library to keep you on track for that important deadline. There are three naturally lit meeting rooms that can welcome up to 70 people for seminars, business meetings or even just cocktails, as well as a large banquet hall that can accommodate up to 200 people. It’s not all business though, as there is also a well-equipped wellness centre offering a wide range of massage treatments.
If the other hotels on this list are beyond your budget, then don’t worry as there are plenty of great-value, budget places to stay, too. Hôtel Odessa Montparnasse is one of the best low-budget hotels you could choose from in the area, with vibrant, tasteful decorations and traditional balconies overlooking the Parisian rooftops. The rooms in this early 20th-century buildings are spaciously equipped with large bathrooms and even larger paintings, some of which span the entire stretch of a bedroom wall. This artistic feature gestures to the famous painters that once graced the building, including American Abstract Expressionist painter Beauford Delaney, who lived in the hotel in 1953, and painter Leonard Foujita, who settled here in 1913. Hôtel Odessa Montparnasse is an independent, family-owned establishment and it is just a six-minute walk from the Catacombs of Paris and Bobino, a large music hall theatre.
Hôtel Le Royal is a 10-minute walk away from Montparnasse Tower, which is particularly convenient if you’re staying in the area during national holidays such as Bastille Day or New Year. This epic vantage point is, without a doubt, the best place in the city to watch the fireworks and enjoy the all-night parties afterwards. Hôtel Le Royal overlooks Boulevard Raspail and is a delightful establishment combining contemporary and Neo-Classical design influences to deliver an authentic Parisian experience that will definitely not disappoint. There’s an emphasis on French elegance with classic black-and-white checkered flooring, quilted wall patterns and colourful, floral-printed cushions, as well as an impressive breakfast spread. There are 48 guest rooms on offer at this charming hotel and a pleasant surprise is the complimentary apéritif or coffee that is offered in one of the partner restaurants.