A hotel at the heart of the Bastille

Stroll through the Bastille Quarter and Paris's 12th arrondissement

The Bastille Quarter has seen the arrival of many new shops, cafés and restaurants, particularly since the opening of the Opéra.

The Place de la Bastille
In the 14th century, an eight-tower fortress was built here to defend the royal city. But the city expanded rapidly and the Bastille ceased being a military building and became a prison. On 14 July 1789, the fortress became famous following an assault by six hundred rioters. The fortress was demolished soon after.
At the centre of the square, the Colonne de Juillet, topped by the Génie de la Liberté, commemorates the 1830 revolution, which set this quarter ablaze. Now, the square is used for large events and demonstrations.

Opéra Bastille, 2-6 place de la Bastille
The masterpiece of the architect Carlos Ott, the opera was opened in 1989. With 2,745 seats offering excellent sound quality, facilities, décor, costumes and accessories, meeting rooms and rehearsals, the Opéra Bastille is a major contemporary theatre. Guided tours are available. .

The Port de l'Arsenal
A former cargo port, the Port de l’Arsenal connects the Seine to the Canal Saint-Martin. It's now a focal point for yachts, seagulls and seafood restaurants, enjoyed by local Parisians and visitors who have come to stroll along the banks.

Gare de Lyon Railway Station and the clock tower
Admire the belfry, the gallery with frescos depicting landmarks in cities accessible from the station, and the décor of the famous restaurant Le Train Bleu. The Second Empire-style Gare de Lyon Railway Station was designated as a French national heritage site in 1972. .

Viaduc des Arts, under the old Bastille-Vincennes railway track
With its collection of 52 craftsmen, this is a unique place where talented creators gather to create the latest trends.

Parc floral de Paris
Officially recognised as a botanical garden since 1998, it has one-of-a-kind collections which will delight any botany or floral design enthusiasts. .

Zoological Park in Bois de Vincennes
This new park offers visitors the chance to view nearly one thousand animals in their "recreated" natural environments over a 4km walk.

Bercy Arena
Previously known as the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, this is a multi-purpose hall which can hold sporting events as well as concerts and other shows.

Parc de Bercy
Across all three gardens, the Parc de Bercy covers 14 hectares. It is one of the largest parks in the capital.

Palais de la Porte Dorée and its tropical aquarium

The Palais de la Porte Dorée is a building located in Porte Dorée which houses the Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration, an immigration history museum.

Its aquarium has a large collection of tropical freshwater fish and saltwater fish, as well as turtles, caimans and crocodiles.

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Main local tourist attractions
 

How to get to the main cultural sites, museums and monuments in Paris from the hottel

Time given in minutes

On foot

By metro

Opéra Bastille

16 min

12 min

Palais Omnisport de Bercy

19 min

14 min

Place des Vosges

24 min

15 min

Le Marais / Ile Saint Louis

27 min

14 min

Père Lachaise Cemetery

30 min

17 min

Carrefour de l’Odéon

51 min

20 min

Saint-Sulpice

-

27 min

Sacré Cœur Basilica

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34 min

Musée d’Orsay

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27 min

Pont des Arts

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21 min

Théâtre de l’Odéon

-

24 min

Notre Dame / Sainte Chapelle / Conciergerie

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23 min

Champs-Elysées / Arc de Triomphe

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23 min

Musée du Louvre / Place de la Concorde

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24 min

Eiffel Tower

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41 min

Department Stores / Boulevard Haussmann

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23 min