The Hôtel des Invalides is very close to our hotel. The construction of this Parisian monument was ordered by King Louis XIV in 1670 to house the invalids from his armies, which is where its original name (Hôtel Royal des Invalides) comes from. Today, it still houses injured war veterans, and also several museums and the tombs of some of France's war heroes.
It comprises a main courtyard, rectangular buildings from where you can appreciate the Dôme de Saint Louis des Invalides, a 107 metre-high royal chapel used exclusively by the royal family. Under this dome, in the crypt, lies the body of Emperor Napoleon I. The entry ticket gives you access to the permanent collections at the Musée de l"Armée, the Eglise du Dôme where Napoleon I lies, the Charles de Gaulle Historial, the Musée des Plans-reliefs and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération.
The Rodin Museum, just next to our hotel, is housed inside a beautiful 18th century townhouse, surrounded by 3 hectares of gardens. Here you can admire the works of Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel.
Rue de Bourgogne starts at Place du Palais Bourbon, home of the National Assembly, and ends at Rue de Varenne, where several ministries can be found, including Hôtel Matignon, the Prime Minister's home.
The National Assembly, an important place for parliamentary activities, meets in the Palais Bourbon, on the Quai d'Orsay. Initially a princely home, then a republican palace, the Palais Bourbon can be visited at certain times of the day.
Explore Saint-Germain-des-Pres, just a fifteen minute walk from the hotel! Its boulevard will lead you to one of the most famous squares in Paris, where its literary cafés wrote history.
There, sat on a terrace in front of the church, you can savour the hustle and bustle of Paris.
This stone giant on the Champs-Elysées was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. Today, it houses major exhibitions and more unusual events like its show jumping competition.