The Latin Quarter is considered the heart of university students in Paris. La Sorbonne, considered the oldest university in France, was founded in 1257, and the neighborhood takes its name from the fact that Latin was the common language of the students, who came to study here from all over Europe. The Latin Quarter boasts many cheap cafés, bars, and shops. The main street of the Latin Quarter is Boulevard St-Michel which is a busy street lined with clothing stores, bookshops and fast-food joints.
When you’ve explored and are looking for a more intimate environment, wander down the side streets where you encounter quirky boutiques and intimate bistros, or stop for a demi at one of the cafés on Place de la Sorbonne. If you find yourself in the winding streets behind the Panthéon, you will find academics arguing philosophy while sipping espresso in an area that is considered one of Paris’s most charming and sought after places to live.
For students and budget travelers in Paris, the Latin Quarter is friendly for your travel budget. The Latin Quarter is a haven for budget travelers, international students, and creative artists.
Where to stay in the Latin Quarter
While this is simply a few highlights of recommended hotels, there are many resources online with a plethora of suggestions of where to stay while visiting the Latin Quarter. With a little research based on your budget and preferences, you’ll be able to find the rest setting to make your trip to Paris memorable and spectacular!
Hotel Familia Paris
11 rue des Ecoles
Familia Hotel is situated in the heart of the Latin Quarter, and is just steps from Notre Dame and a short walk from Maubert – Mutualité metro station. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front desk and a vending machine. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning and in addition to access to your own private bathroom. Breakfast is offered every morning in the cozy breakfast room decorated in tapestries or you can make your way to one of several restaurants in the surrounding area.
Nearby the Luxembourg Gardens and Saint Michel fountains are a short 15-minute walk. Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame RER Station is short distance and gives direct access to Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Average price: €129
13 rue des Ecoles
The Hotel Minerve is situated in the center of the Latin Quarter close to Notre Dame and the Sorbonne. This charming hotel was renovated in 2014 and decorated with natural materials, tapestries, stone walls, and mural frescos painted by an artist specializing in architecture and fine arts.
Room styles are a mix of traditional and modern with some have small balconies with views of Notre Dame. A hairdryer is provided in the bathrooms, and Wi-Fi access is available, LCD TV and air conditioned rooms. Some rooms offer stunning views of Paris, while others open to the elegant courtyard.
Each morning a buffet breakfast is offered in the dining. Additionally the hotel offers 24 hour room service, meeting room as well as a computer room with internet access (available for an extra charge).
Nearby are the Botanic Gardens and Notre Dame Cathedral. Hop on metro the Jussieu station which provides access to the Louvre Museum.
Average price: €156
1 place de la Sorbonne
Select Hotel is located in the heart of the Sorbonne University area. The hotel offers 67 stylish rooms decorated in a Parisian art deco them. Each room offers air conditioning, flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access. Select rooms overlook the Place de la Sorbonne or the interior courtyard.
Take your breakfast in elegant dining room which is accented with 18th century vaulted ceilings or have afternoon tea with cakes or a relaxing drink in the 1920s style contemporary bar with attached library.
Many metro stops surround the hotel which makes Paris’ attractions accessible. Saint Michel’s fountain and the Jardin de Luxembourg are a short walk away.
Average price: €195
Hotel du Levant
18 rue de la Harpe
Hotel du Levant is centrally located in the Latin Quarter. It offers 47 rooms equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, work desks and modern bathrooms with hairdryers. Daily breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area or in the comfort of your rooms. Additionally for your pleasure newspapers and board games can be enjoyed in the lounge area.
Ideally located on the Left Bank, this hotel in the hubbub of Parisian life. Saint-Michel metro and RER Station is a short distance away, providing convenient access to Orly and Charles de Gaulle Airports. The Church of Saint Sulpice and the Luxembourg Gardens are short walk from the hotel. Close by is Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame, Boulevards Saint-Michel and Saint Germain, and much more.
Average price: €120
Residence Henri IV
50 rue des Bernardins
Residence Henri IV is located on the left bank between Notre Dame. The late 19th century hotel has eight ample sized rooms in addition to five two-room apartments decorated in medieval style. All rooms are equipped with kitchenettes, making them efficient for those looking for traditional or for families.
Vintage paintings and marble fireplaces accent the rooms in additional to all accommodations being equipped with free Wi-Fi access and many rooms looking over a flowered courtyard.
Continental breakfast is served in the breakfast room or in the comfort of your rooms. The area contains many restaurants and markets if you prefer to prepare a meal in your kitchenette.
Maubert-Mutualité metro is steps away in addition to the Luxembourg.
Average price: €299
Hotel des 3 Colleges
16 rue Cujas
Hotel des 3 Collèges is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter and offers 44 air conditioned rooms with modern furnishings, cable TV and a work desk. Some rooms share a bathroom while other rooms offer a private venue. Continental breakfast and an express breakfast services are provided in the dining room from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m.
A short walk from the hotel is the Pantheon and the Jardin du Luxembourg. Cluny-La Sorbonne metro station is steps away, which provides access to the Paris’ main attractions.
Average price: €125
Hotel Agora Saint Germain
42 rue des Bernadins
Hotel Agora Saint Germain is a charming 3 star hotel in the Latin Quarter located between Notre Dame and the Pantheon. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi access, flat screen TV, minibar, private bathroom and hairdryer. Breakfast is served daily in the dining area.
The Maubert Mutualité metro station is close by offering transportation to many of the famous sites in Paris. A short walk from the hotel you can visit Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes, and Ile Saint-Louis.
Average price: €159
What to See in the Latin Quarter
A few things that are worth taking time to see in the Latin Quarter include:
- The Pantheon in Paris
- Markets of Rue Mouffetard
- The Sorbonne
- Musee Curie
- Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop
- Musee du Moyen Age
- Musee de la Prefecture de la Police
- Church of St-Severin
- Church of St-Julien-le-Pauvre
- Church of St-Etienne-du-Mont
Photo by Greg Dunlap