Since the beginning of the XVIIth century, the district of Saint Germain des Prés has been a magnet for artists and writers. During the XIXth century Victor Hugo, artists such as Deveria and Henri Regnault as well as Gauguin and Whistler all set up home in Montparnasse. The proliferation of theatres turned the district into a show biz hotspot.
Then at the beginning of the XXth century, literary cafes such as the Closerie des Lilas, Rotonde, Dome and Select were the meeting places of choice for Charles Cros, Max Jacob, Apollinaire, Francis Carco, Modigliani, Picasso, Zadkine, Foujita and many others.
For several years, Ernest Hemingway holidayed just nearby the hotel at 115, Rue Notre-Dame-des Champs.
The district remains a favourite of Parisian intellectuals and the Coupole brasserie is still a fashionable, cosmopolitan venue.
Luxembourg Palace built by Marie de Medicis in the XVIth century currently houses the Senate and some of the most spectacular public gardens in Paris : a great spot of jogging for guests in our hotel.