Hotel Le Bellechasse - Paris
Hotel Le Bellechasse - Paris
Hotel Le Bellechasse - Paris
Hotel Le Bellechasse - Paris


The City of Light, capital of France and of fashion, is the most visited city in the world. It comprises a variety of districts, each with its own atmosphere, and extends on both side of the Seine River whose quays are listed UNESCO world heritage.

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Paris is a flagship destination which fully deserves the enthusiasm it inspires. The city boasts a rich historical, cultural and gastronomic heritage. It is home to the most visited monuments and museums in the world including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Orsay museums, the Arc de Triomphe or the mythical Champs-Élysées. Leading perfume and fashion designers started their businesses here and its delicious cuisine is world famous.

The Hôtel Le Bellechasse Saint-Germain lies a stone’s throw from the magnificent Orsay museum which is situated opposite the Louvre museum. It offers visitors a prime central location to visit the most emblematic sites of Paris such as the Saint-Germain district, the Louvre, the Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde or the Champs-Élysées.

Hotel Le Bellechasse - Louvre

Musée du Louvre

World famous for its immense collection of Ancient and Modern Art, the Louvre has an action-packed history. There is very little left of the small fortress built by Philippe-Auguste early in the thirteenth century to house the Royal treasure.

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The residence of the Kings of France became a museum in 1792, and ever since its collection of art has been enriched for the pleasure of millions of visitors. The Louvre is now home to world-renowned masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, and frequently hosts rich temporary exhibitions. It is the most visited museum in the world.

The Louvre has often been the setting for literary and screen intrigues such as The Da Vinci Code or Belphegor, the Phantom of the Louvre, and contains unsuspected treasures well worth visiting. You will enter through its magnificent glass pyramid, symbol of a constantly evolving architecture bringing together old and new with typically Parisian flair.

Here’s a little tip for the Bellechasse guests!

You can also reach the Louvre via the banks of the Seine and enter by La Porte des Lions. Walk up to the first floor and follow the Galerie du Bord de l’Eau which runs along the Seine, and where you can admire 16th and 17th century Italian paintings. To reach the Pyramid you will walk through the Salles Rouges where the Louvre’s major works of art are showcased, the Mona Lisa, Veronese’s Wedding Feast at Cana, Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa, and the Coronation of Napoleon by David. When you reach the end of the gallery you will discover the recently restored Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Hotel Le Bellechasse - Orsay Museum

Orsay Museum

Formerly, Orsay was a railway station opened in 1889 to cater for the thousands of visitors arriving to admire the wonders of the Universal exhibition in Paris. It overlooks the Seine and is an architectural marvel.

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Upon seeing it for the first time the painter Edouard Detaille is said to have exclaimed «the station is superb and looks like an Art gallery!" He would have been surprised to see his vision come true when the station was converted into a museum in 1986.

Since then the gallery houses a collection of 19th century art and is the eighth most visited museum in the world.

In 2012, an extensive restoration campaign was undertaken in order to enrich the number of works of art showcased and to refurbish several rooms and the top floor with its glass roof. A new more luminous exhibition area was created to house the world’s most comprehensive collection of Impressionist art.

This museum, a must to visit during your stay in Paris, also offers a restaurant on the first floor well worth visiting, if only to admire its chandeliers and painted ceilings. If you climb to the top floor, be sure to pass behind the impressive station clock and take in the magnificent view of Paris before your eyes.

To avoid queuing up you can purchase your entrance ticket from the Hôtel Belle-Chasse.

Hotel Le Bellechasse - Saint-Germain-des-Prés


This mythical and must-see district on the Left Bank of the Seine owes its popularity to the crowd of young artists and intellectuals who flocked there after the last war. Passionate and soul-searching youth would gather in the cafés, the cellars and the jazz clubs to talk for hours and to listen to perhaps the most famous of them all, Jean-Paul Sartre.

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Aside from its intellectual past, the Saint-Germain district with its narrow streets, its numerous art galleries, its designer boutiques and terraces conjures up the unique atmosphere of the Left Bank. Located near the Hôtel Le Bellechasse it is a paradise for the idle stroller and for the art and food lover.

With the Palais du Luxembourg and its gardens just to the South, the district boasts several small museums, little known to the public at large but well worth a visit, such as the Eugene Delacroix museum, la Chapelle des Petits-Augustins, the Electra Association or the Royal Mint.

During your stay at the Hôtel Le Bellechasse, which offers a prime location to explore this unique Paris district, our friendly staff will be delighted to share their best addresses with you. Saint-Germain is home to mythical and world famous cafés and restaurants including Les Deux-Magots, the Café de Flore or the Brasserie Lipp.

However, other less known places are well-worth visiting. Discover the Petit-Zinc in Rue Saint-Benoit, a jewel of the Art Nouveau style or the Procope, one of the oldest café-restaurants in Paris. This prestigious venue was funded in the 17th century and became over the years a popular meeting place among intellectuals and politicians. Its walls still bear the portraits of some of its famous visitors including Voltaire, the French revolutionary Danton or the poet Musset.

Hotel Le Bellechasse - The Tuileries Gardens

The Tuileries Gardens

Just across the river from the Orsay Museum, the magnificent Tuileries Gardens are a historical place which afford a haven of greenery in the heart of Paris. They were designed by André Le Nôtre discovered by Fouquet, Louis XIV’s minister of finance, for whom he created the splendid French gardens for his château of Vaux le Vicomte.

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Le Nôtre, commissioned by Louis XIV, is best known for having landscaped the grounds of Versailles Palace. He gave Paris a royal garden which became a meeting-place for the aristocracy and upper classes.

In the 17th century it was often the scene of lavish revelry, and remains today one of the favourite places for Parisians to walk. Located within 5 minutes walk from the Hôtel le Bellechasse via the Solferino foot bridge, the Tuileries offer a typical insight of the unique atmosphere of Paris.

The gardens have witnessed many troubled times of the French history and contain many statues, fountains and remarkable trees. On either side of the main entrance gates you will find two charming museums: the Orangery, in which two entire rooms are devoted to the famous Water Lilies by Monet, and the Jeu de Paume, where photographic exhibitions take place regularly showcasing famous artists such as Diane Arbus, Martin Parr or Garry Winogrand.

Hotel Le Bellechasse - The Hôtel des Invalides

The Hôtel des Invalides

The Hôtel des Invalides is situated at one end of a large esplanade facing the impressive Alexander III Bridge, built to link the Right bank to the Left bank for the 1889 world fair. It contains the military museum of Paris. It was built by Louis XIV as a hospital where soldiers wounded in his many war campaigns could be accommodated and tended to. It is an imposing edifice housing a royal chapel with a magnificent golden roof and the tomb of Napoleon the First.

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You will find also a museum of artillery and weaponry, as well as the museum of bas-reliefs offering miniature views of the major fortresses throughout France designed by Vauban. This engineer, a true military genius who served Louis XIV, was commissioned by the latter during the course of the 17th century to build fortifications in various strategic places to protect France.

Thematic guided tours in French, and in foreign languages upon request, are organised; these will give you access to parts of the museum otherwise closed to the public and allow you to discover the many treasures, and numerous legends and stories surrounding this historical institution.

Hotel Le Bellechasse - Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

Built in the 18th century by Louis XV’s architect, the Place de la Concorde is one of the most beautiful squares in Paris. Its octagonal shape allows magnificent perspectives on the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe, on the Madeleine Church and the Rue Royale, home to the famous Maxim’s, or on the Rue de Rivoli and the Tuileries gardens.

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The obelisk offered by the viceroy of Egypt to France in 1830, is Paris’s oldest monument. It was brought all the way from Luxor and now stands proudly in the centre of the square. The square, which boasts two grand fountains and superb Caryatids - statues of women that replace columns or pillars in an edifice, is a photographer’s paradise. Located just a stone’s throw from the Elysées palace, home of the French President, the Place de la Concorde is just under 10 minutes walk from the Hôtel Le Bellechasse. It offers a marvellous starting point to explore the Right Bank of Paris.

The imposing column of pink granite, which stood guard at the entrance of the temple of Luxor, was erected under the reign of Ramses II. It is 22 metres tall, weighs 200 tons and is over 3,000 years old. This obelisk was transported from Egypt to Paris during the course of an epic journey which lasted over 2 years. A boat was especially built for its transport and the engineers had to show plenty of ingenuity to find solutions to the numerous problems that arose from moving this impressive monument. The story of this fantastic adventure and of how the obelisk was erected is engraved on its base; discover it just steps from the Hôtel Le Bellechasse.

Hotel Le Bellechasse - The quays of the Seine

Quais de Seine

The quays of the Seine, another scene of the Parisian lifestyle, afford a quiet setting ideal for a long walk away from the traffic. The part which runs in front of the Orsay Museum was landscaped and made pedestrian at the beginning of 2012. It now offers a wonderfully relaxing area right in the city centre, which is shared by tourists and Parisians. Located just a few steps from the Hôtel Le Bellechasse it is ideal for an early morning run or a pleasant afternoon stroll.

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Various staircases lead to this part of the embankment, including from the splendid Alexander III Bridge, a masterpiece of late 18th century architecture. This part of the quay which features a 2 km long pedestrian path is equipped for visitors of all ages. It comprises numerous areas where visitors can relax on deckchairs, giant cushions or tepees. There are children’s play areas, a climbing wall, bars and restaurants with terraces and many more surprises that you can discover during your pleasant stroll along the river.

If you wish to walk further along the quays of the Seine past Orsay, follow the river upstream and discover the mythical Pont des Arts, then the Pont Neuf - Paris’s oldest bridge - and you will reach the Ile de la Cité and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Hotel Le Bellechasse - Notre-Dame


Emblematic of Paris and situated in the heart of the Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame is a magnificent Gothic cathedral which attracts millions of visitors each year. The first stone was laid in 1163 and it took 200 years to complete. The cathedral was extensively restored over the centuries and offers today a truly beautiful architecture.

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Its towers are 69 metres high and offer the visitor brave enough to climb to the top an impressive panoramic view of Paris. The richly decorated façade is well worth taking the time to admire all the details.

The best way to admire the splendid structure of Notre-Dame is to take a boat trip on the Seine. The hotel sells tickets and season passes which will enable you to discover Paris at all times of year. Whether you take a day or a night cruise, these peaceful outings along the Seine offer a unique vantage point on Paris. These audio guided tours, which are available in several languages, will enable you to identify Paris’s most famous landmarks and you will learn their history and little anecdotes that refer to them.

However the Ile de la Cité offers more that this jewel. The former city centre of Paris is also home to the Conciergerie, the remains of Paris’s very first royal palace built between 308 and 336. It was there that Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned after the French revolution. In the grounds of the former palace you can also admire the superb Chapelle Royale built by Saint-Louis.

When you walk up Boulevard du Palais to reach the Conciergerie, notice on your left a square tower called the Tour de l’Horloge. The tower bears on its base Paris’s oldest public clock. It was installed in 1370 and entirely restored to its former beauty in 2012. This clock is topped by a pretty bell-turret and a weathervane. It bears the initials of three kings of France and is sumptuously decorated with hues of reds and blues, and incrusted with fine gold.

Take the time to stroll around these historic landmarks wonderfully situated between the two branches of the Seine.

Hotel Le Bellechasse - Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel

This world famous symbol of Paris, imagined by the engineer Gustave Eiffel, is the most visited monument in the world. It is listed UNESCO world heritage. The Eiffel Tower was erected for the 1889 world fair to illustrate the French technical know-how and remained during over 40 years the highest building in the world.

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It was first built for the duration of the fair and was to be dismantled afterwards. However Gustave Eiffel had other plans for his masterpiece. And in 1903 he arranged for an antenna to be set up on top of the tower to support the progress of the emerging wireless telegraphic system. The operation was so successful that it ended up being a strategic asset during World War I.

From the onset the Eiffel Tower has attracted crowds. It is in constant evolution to seduce more and more visitors; it offers lifts, a fine dining restaurant on the second floor and a new impressive glass floor on the first floor.