Charming Hotels in Paris close to the Jardin du Luxembourg

Charming hotels in Paris are many, but perhaps the most charming of all is the Hotel du Danube. As soon as you arrive we warmly welcome you and do our very best to make you feel at home. Here amidst the vibrancy, the excitement, the fascination and the sheer buzz of Paris you will find plenty to keep you enthralled right on your doorstep.

Charming hotels in Paris are many, but perhaps the most charming of all is the Hotel du Danube. As soon as you arrive we warmly welcome you and do our very best to make you feel at home. Here amidst the vibrancy, the excitement, the fascination and the sheer buzz of Paris you will find plenty to keep you enthralled right on your doorstep. Now that spring is here it’s well worth bearing in mind that just a fifteen minute walk from our hotel you can find the sheer splendour of the Luxembourg Gardens.

Charming hotels in Paris close to a wonderful park

The Jardin du Luxembourg was created in 1612 at the behest of Marie de Medici, the widow of the assassinated King Henry IV and the regent of France at the time. She purchased the land from the Duke of Luxembourg. Being of Italian descent, her younger days had been spent in Florence at the Pitti Palace. The Boboli garden there was her inspiration for the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Almost 200 years later the garden was extended when the Carthusian monks, whose monastery occupied the adjacent land, were forced to leave following the events of the French Revolution. The area was then redesigned in a more traditionally French style. Today it is the second largest of the Parisian public parks. The centre is occupied by the Grand Bassin, a large octagonal pond, surrounded by beautifully tended lawns, paths and gorgeous flower beds. Many statues adorn the park, including a Statue of Liberty, and a sculpture of Marie de Medicis herself, appropriately enough. There is a number of charming fountains, including the Baroque Medici Fountain, designed in the early 17th century. The park also holds many attractions for children such as a traditional carrousel, a puppet theatre and a large playground.

The Hotel du Danube is one of the most charming hotels in Paris

Our charming hotel in the picturesque quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Prés welcomes you. You will find staying at the Hotel du Danube as tranquil and fulfilling an experience as a visit to the Jardin du Luxembourg.

 


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The Beauty And The Beast Show Paris 2014

The Beauty and the Beast show Paris 2014 runs until July 27th at the legendary Mogador Theatre and is highly recommended by the Hotel du Danube. A collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment France, this show has delighted audiences in the capital since last October and offers an evening of pure theatrical magic for all ages.

The Beauty and the Beast show Paris 2014 runs until July 27th at the legendary Mogador Theatre and is highly recommended by the Hotel du Danube. A collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment France, this show has delighted audiences in the capital since last October and offers an evening of pure theatrical magic for all ages.

The Beauty and the Beast show Paris 2014 should not be missed

Appearances can be deceptive, and nowhere is this truism more poignantly illustrated than in the timeless tale of La Belle et la Bête, a traditional French fairy tale which was first committed to print in the 18th century. A superb version of the classic tale was made into a movie by the great Jean Cocteau in 1946. On the other side of the Atlantic, Disney Studios had been toying with the idea of making an animated version of the story since the 30s, but didn’t get around to making it until half a century later. The Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 and the score, featuring music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, won an Academy Award.

Building on the success of the film and its wonderful score, seven new songs were added when the film was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1994, the first Disney movie to be so honoured. The musical was also a huge success, going on to become the eighth longest running Broadway production of all time, notching up nearly five and a half thousand performances before it closed in 2007. Versions of what has become a classic musical have been seen by an estimated 35 million people worldwide, and now, at last, The Beauty and the Beast has returned to the story’s country of origin with a stunningly staged and spectacular new 2 ½ hour production which has to be seen to be believed.

The Hotel du Danube suggests you experience The Beauty and the Beast show Paris 2014

Touching, funny, breathtaking and visually sumptuous, this show receives a hearty recommendation from the Hotel du Danube. The Mogador Theatre is less than two miles across the Seine from our location.

 


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Orsay Museum Best Hotels for this Parisian landmark

Orsay Museum best hotels certainly include the Hotel du Danube. We are located just a ten minute walk from the Orsay, which is considered to be one of the finest museums in the city, with collections devoted to paintings and sculpture from 1848 to 1914 in addition to decorative arts, photography and architecture. The Orsay also features temporary exhibitions such as Gustave Doré, The Power Of The Imagination, which runs until May 11th.

Orsay Museum best hotels certainly include the Hotel du Danube. We are located just a ten minute walk from the Orsay, which is considered to be one of the finest museums in the city, with collections devoted to paintings and sculpture from 1848 to 1914 in addition to decorative arts, photography and architecture. The Orsay also features temporary exhibitions such as Gustave Doré, The Power Of The Imagination, which runs until May 11th.

Orsay Museum best hotels for your convenience

The Orsay railway station was built at the very end of the 19th century for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. This masterpiece of Beaux Arts industrial architecture was to have a sadly short life fulfilling its original purpose as by the late 1930s its platforms were too short for the modern trains. After serving in various capacities, the station was declared a National Monument in 1978 and was inaugurated as a museum in 1986.

It took around six months to install over 3000 paintings, sculptures and other items. Today this magnificent building, over 175 metres in length, is organised on three levels and holds the largest collection of Impressionist masterpieces in the world, along with examples of Art Nouveau, Beaux Arts, Naturalism, and Postimpressionism. Over 3 million visitors a year come to admire the works of Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and so many other masters. Clearly the tale of this wonderful building has reached a happy conclusion.

A current temporary exhibition at the Orsay which should not be missed is dedicated to the illustrative genius of Gustave Doré. A professional illustrator from his mid teens, Doré created stunning work in a variety of media and various genres and excelled in them all. He illustrated many great works of literature, including his masterpiece, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner.

Hotel du Danube is foremost among the Orsay Museum best hotels

You will find that the refined and elegant ambience of the Hotel du Danube is the perfect complement to a visit to the Orsay Museum. Having steeped yourself in the genius of the great artists, why not relax in the welcoming tranquillity of our hotel?

 


Pictures copyright holders : Tourist office Paris - Photographers Frontage : Amélie Dupont, Inside : David Lefranc

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Valentine’s Day in Paris 2014 with lots of Locks Of Love

Valentine’s Day in Paris offers a truly romantic occasion. The City of Light has a distinct affinity with matters of the heart as you and your loved one will discover when, after settling into the intimate comfort of the Hotel du Danube, you take a gentle stroll hand in hand through streets of timeless charm towards the gently flowing Seine, where the river is spanned by a certain special bridge. You will find that the Pont des Arts is festooned with cadenas d’amour…

Valentine’s Day in Paris offers a truly romantic occasion. The City of Light has a distinct affinity with matters of the heart as you and your loved one will discover when, after settling into the intimate comfort of the Hotel du Danube, you take a gentle stroll hand in hand through streets of timeless charm towards the gently flowing Seine, where the river is spanned by a certain special bridge. You will find that the Pont des Arts is festooned with cadenas d’amour…

Valentine’s Day in Paris where hearts are locked together as one

The Pont des Arts takes its name from the days when the nearby Louvre was known as the Palais des Arts. The predecessor of the current bridge was the first metal bridge in Paris, built between 1802 and 1804. The present bridge was inaugurated in 1984, a faithful reproduction of the original. In keeping with its name, this pedestrian bridge has been the location for art exhibitions, and its wonderful views of the river and surrounding area has made it an outdoor studio for artists and photographers. It is also, however, a place for lovers, who can sit together on a bench and gaze upriver at the historic centre of Paris, the Ile de la Cite. Or into each other’s eyes…

In recent years a new tradition has flourished on the Pont des Arts. Couples have been engraving padlocks with their names and perhaps a short, meaningful message. These are then attached to the sides of the bridge and the key is thrown into the Seine in a touching gesture of commitment to be sealed with a kiss. These cadenas d’amour are perhaps the most unique and appropriate gift which can be given in Paris on this most romantic of days.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Paris at the Hotel du Danube

Our family owned hotel is an ideal place to spend your Valentine’s Day break in Paris. In the heart of charming St. Germain des Pres, the Hotel du Danube welcomes you to a special time just for two.

 


Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

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