Welcome to Montparnasse Hotels! Our goal is to provide the best options for your hotel stay in the beautiful areas of Paris, FR! Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, we strive to provide exceptional service from the start of our secure online reservation system to the last night of your hotel stay! Our top-rated hotels ensure a comfortable atmosphere, and are often located near popular attractions, shopping centers, and local night-life activities! Whatever your visit to Paris entails, we're sure you'll find our informative Paris Guide and hotel booking options useful!
92 Rue De Vaugirard
Paris, 75006 FR
8 Rue D'Odessa
Paris, 75014 FR
17 Rue Du Depart
Paris, 75014 FR
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This Paris district lies on the left bank of the River Seine. The location originated as a hill and was named during the 17th century by a group of students who enjoyed reciting poetry on the peak. Montparnasse comes from Mount Parnassus, the home of the Greek goddesses of arts and sciences in Greek mythology. The site became the 14th district of Paris in 1669. In the next century, engineers leveled the hill and constructed the Boulevard Montparnasse. Cabarets and dance halls emerged on the location, which became popular during the French Revolution. Now Montparnasse features bars, cafes and Breton restaurants that specialize in the world famous French crepes.
Beginning in the early 1900s, Montparnasse evolved into a bohemian type culture where artists and intellectuals lived and gathered. Poverty stricken composers, painters, sculptors and writers adored the creative atmosphere and the cheap rent. The destination became a melting pot for artists from all over the world. Artisans arrived from Canada, Europe, Japan and Russia along with Mexico and the United States. The dozens of famous former residents include Ernest Hemmingway, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
The artists enjoyed an extremely tight camaraderie and welcomed all who arrived with open arms. By the 1920s, American elite began journeying to the district and embraced the artistic lifestyle. The socialites grouped together and established the Black Sun Press and the Transition magazine. These literary pieces often featured articles written by a number of famed authors that included D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemmingway and William Faulkner. The cafes in Montparnasse served as gathering places for developing creativity. Some of these historic establishments remain today.
Music hall theatres also emerged on the rue de la Gaite in Montparnasse. The Bobino Nightclub regularly featured world-renowned live entertainment. World War II ended the artistic culture and the socialites moved into more elegant areas of Paris. Eventually, Montparnasse became the home of political refugees that included the likes of Porfirio Diaz, Vladmir Lenin and Simon Petlyura.