Discover Montparnasse, steeped in a strong and rich history. The Roaring Twenties, Art Deco, Dadaism, Cubism, were all influenced by Montparnasse, and in particular by the bend in the rue Campagne Première where the hotel is located. At 5 minutes walk, you will find the Boulevard du Montparnasse and its prestigious brasseries.
There are so many things to see and do, so many walks to discover in this village-like arrondissement in the south of Paris: the Boulevard du Montparnasse and its famous brasseries, the Fondation Cartier for contemporary art, the Place Denfert-Rochereau and the rue Daguerre, the Paris Catacombs, the Parc Montsouris, the Montparnasse cemetery with the tombs of many writers...
The 14the This district alone is a real gold mine for those who love discovering things! Composed of several districts with a village spirit, it offers different and always very interesting worlds. Close to the hotel, many places of interest and tourist sites await you. The Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain is a 3-minute walk from the hotel on Boulevard Raspail and offers unique exhibitions in a glass building that lets the light through. 5 minutes away, still on foot, the Boulevard du Montparnasse invites you to take a gourmet break in the famous brasseries and restaurants: the Coupole, the Dôme, the Select, the Closerie des Lilas...
A meeting place for intellectuals since the 19th century, Montparnasse has welcomed the biggest names in cultural life, including international ones such as Picasso, Miró, Joyce and Hemingway. Known for its chic cafés, its train station, its tower that dominates Paris, its artists' studios, its cemetery... this bohemian district that has become residential is a must-see destination in Paris.
It is at 17e century that the name Mount Parnassus was born. It was the students, chased out of their district, the Pré-aux-Clercs, by Queen Margot, who gave this wild place the ancient name of Mount Parnassus, the sacred home of Apollo and his muses. They made it their favorite domain and came to recite verses. From the Revolution onwards, cafés and cabarets multiplied at the edge of the capital. Around 1900, artists, poets and avant-garde writers settled on the left bank, especially in Montparnasse where Alfred Jarry and the Douanier Rousseau had already settled. Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Paul Fort, Modigliani, Soutine, Chagall, Léger, Hemingway, Stravinski, Satie, Picasso, Picabia, Kisling, Rilke, Maïakovski, Tzara, Man Ray, Duchamp, Cocteau, Aragon, Triolet and many others followed. The Hotel Istria welcomed many of these artists, including the star couple Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon. On leaving the hotel, the adjoining building at 31bis is an Art Deco marvel designed by the architect André Arfvidson who, in 1910, designed one of the most beautiful facades in Paris.
Just a stone's throw from Montparnasse, here is the most lively district in Paris. Located between the boulevards of Montparnasse and Saint-Germain, the Latin Quarter offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere all year round. The tourist sites are numerous: Pantheon, Sorbonne, Arènes de Lutèce, Musée du Moyen-Âge, Jardin du Luxembourg, rue Mouffetard, Théâtre de l'Odéon...
To discover in the Latin Quarter: the Sorbonne and its square lined with typical Parisian cafés, the Pantheon where great personalities who have marked the history of France are buried (Pierre and Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Jean Jaurès, Jean Moulin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Emile Zola...), the church of Saint-Séverin, the streets of Saint-André-des-Arts, Huchette (also famous for its jazz club), Harpe, Mouffetard, the Place de la Contrescarpe where restaurants, ice-cream parlours and cafés follow one another, the Odéon theatre and, on the border of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Luxembourg Gardens.
Located in the 6e The Jardin du Luxembourg is located in the heart of Paris, between the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse, and is a favourite green space for Parisians and tourists. Alone, as a couple, as lovers, as a family, it invites you to stroll along its paths, on its lawns, around the ponds, but also to take part in a wide range of activities for children and adults.
Nicknamed the "Luco" by regular visitors, the 25-hectare garden is divided into a French and an English section. Between the two there is a geometric forest and a large pond. There is also an orchard with old apple varieties, an apiary to learn about beekeeping, greenhouses with a breathtaking collection of orchids and a rose garden. The garden has 106 statues scattered throughout the park, the monumental Medici fountain, the Orangery and the Davioud Pavilion.