Hotel du Louvre and Other Top Hotels Near the Louvre Museum
Location, Location, Location
The famed and beautiful 19th century Hotel du Louvre (or 'Hotel le Louvre,' as many non-francais mistakenly call it) is, as its name might imply, pretty close to the Louvre. In fact, it is right across the street from it. And I just called the Louvre, "it."
Blasphemous, to refer to such a majestic keeper of the world's cultural history with such an ordinary, two-letter, mono-syllabic word?
Or rather fitting, to refer to the Louvre museum in such a monumentally noteworthy fashion as to assign to it and it alone the distinction of being, out of all the terrific and superb things in the universe, the only one of those terrific/superb things that can truly and accurately be described as it.
Well, other than Coke, that is.
And there it is, within two paragraphs of talking about France, this American has already invaded the French language by saying that the Louvre is not the Louvre, it is in fact more than a French word 'Louvre,' it is the American word it; and I have invaded the French culture by talking about the new-found similarities between Coke and the Louvre.
Je m'excuse, mes amis francais. I am an American. I get excited. What can I say..
Yeah But, Shouldn't We Knock It Down and Build Something Bigger?
The rich decor of the Hotel du Louvre is in alignment with the way one might expect a hotel that stands across from it to be decorated.
Built in 1855, the hotel was the first luxury hotel in Paris, with 700 guest rooms and a reputation for its French and international cuisine.
In the late 1890s, the Danish impressionist Camille Pissarro moved into the hotel and created some of his most famous Paris paintings from what has since been renamed, en anglais, The Pissarro Suite.
Today, the hotel offers 177 guest rooms and suites, 24/7 fitness center, a business center, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs in all of the rooms.
On-site is the elegant restaurant Brasserie Du Louvre and Le Bar Le Defender, a bar sumptuously decorated with dark woods and red velvet.
And while there's not a view of the Louvre from every room, you may have a view of the Opera Garnier, the Place du Palais Royal, or the Comédie Française.
Other Hotels Near the Louvre
- This elegant hotel offers 28 rooms with all the modern amenities (free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with satellite, minibar). Just a stroll away from the Louvre and several other top Paris tourist attractions, the Hotel Louvre Marsollier Opéra is a terrific choice if you are looking for charm, location, and nice, reliable service and rooms.
- If you are looking for a great location during your stay in Paris but want to save money on your hotel room so you can buy more crêpes, the Hotel Louvre-Richilieu is just for you. This hotel has fourteen VERY basic rooms (no TVs, WiFi? well, maybe you can pick up some wireless from the apartments next door), two of which have a shared bathroom. The other twelve rooms have their own minuscule showers, bed, dresser, and just about enough room to get in some resistance-band work.
- The Hotel Louvre Saint Honore, a Best Western Hotel, is situated steps from the Louvre museum and offers 37 rooms that were all completely renovated in 2009. Rooms offer broadband WiFi and flat-screen TVs and very contemporary decor. Service is excellent and there is a terrific cocktail lounge on-site.
Louvre Tours, the Mona Lisa, and You
The Louvre has been a museum since 1793, but it has a much longer history than this. It all began in the 12th century when Philippe Auguste built a fortress to protect Paris from attacks. The fortress came to be known as the Louvre.
A few hundred years later, in the 16th century, Francois I turned the Louvre in his private little chateau and it was soon connected, by what is now The Grand Gallery, with the Tuileries Palace.
The Louvre grew in dimensions under Louis XIII, Louis XIV, and Louis XV, but with the completion of Versailles it was soon vacant. In 1793 the first art show was held in the Louvre, and ever since it has slowly grown and been transformed into the museum that it is today.
When planning your visit to the Louvre, keep in mind that it is always closed on Tuesdays and major French holidays. Tickets are 10 Euros which includes an all-day, all-access pass to the museum except the temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléan (usually another 11 Euros). Multimedia headphone. Guided tours are held every day (except Sundays) in English at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for an additional 9 Euros. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.
Admission to the museum is free the first Sunday of every month and on July 14, Bastille Day. Certain teachers, people under 25, and disabled visitors can also gain free entry.
Not planning your Paris trip until next year? Check out these virtual Louvre tours in the meantime.
Bon Voyage, and don't forget to check out these other terrific Paris destinations on your next visit to the City of Lights.