The parks and gardens of the left bank

While spring is showing up, we dash to relax in one of the parks and gardens the left bank has.

1/ Le Jardin du Luxembourg
This iconic garden bordering the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés was created in 1612 on the initiative of Queen Marie de Médicis. It is very popular with Parisians and tourists for its large area (61.8 acres), a huge fountain Médicis, its tennis courts, its statues and its rose garden. The Jardin du Luxembourg is representative of two styles, since it is divided into two parts, one in English and one in French. Throughout the year, photography exhibitions are organised on the railings of the site, as well as concerts in it bandstand. The place is also famous for its numerous facilities for children (merries-go-round, slides, puppets etc.), while their parents play chess, or why not the controlled boats!

Find the opening hours for the Jardin du Luxembourg (in French).
Free entrance.

Jardin du Luxembourg © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: © Sarah Sergent

Le Jardin du Luxembourg
Rue de Médicis-Rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
Metro: Odéon (line 4) or Luxembourg (RER B).

2/ Le Parc Montsouris
Le Parc Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces in central Paris. Favourite place for students to have a walk due to its proximity to the Cité Universitaire of the capital, it is also home to many species of birds to observe. Like in the Jardin du Luxembourg, it organises free concerts, given in its bandstand, usually from May to September. For the record, the park was built under Napoléon III and inaugurated in 1869. It is well known for its rare trees such as the Persimmon tree or the Chinese Parasol Tree, with its lake, its beautiful statues and its restaurant named the Pavillon Montsouris, where you can enjoy fine French cuisine. By the way, this property was built in 1889 for the 1892’s Universal Exhibition. It has since been registered as a French Historic Monument, thanks , among others, to its very beautiful glass wall and breathtaking view on the park.

Until April 30th, 2016: open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 8:30pm, and on weekends from 9:00am until 8:30pm.
From May 1st to August 31st, 2016 : open daily from 7:00am until 9:30pm.
See all the schedules. (In French)
Free entrance.


Parc Montsouris © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand

Le Parc Montsouris
2, rue Gazan
75014 Paris
Metro: Porte d’Orléans (line 4) or Cité Universitaire (RER B).

3/ Le Parc André Citroën
This green space is one of the most recent of Paris. Inaugurated in 1992, it replaces the old Parisian factory of the French car manufacturer Citroën. Designed by leading architects and landscapers, Patrick Berger, Gilles Clément, Jean-Paul Viguier, Alain Provost and François Jodry, it is the only park to be directly open on the Seine. The Parc André Citroën is famous for its main attraction, the Ballon de Paris, a captive gas balloon which offers an ascent at 164 meters high, in family and a breathtaking panorama on the capital. Otherwise, there also are tennis tables, water slides, spring toys and other ball games areas for children. The older ones will be delighted to visit the greenhouses, or to admire the rare plants and other exotic trees on the site.

Until April 30, 2016: Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 8:30pm and from 9:00am until 8:30pm on weekends.
From May 1st to August 31st, 2016: Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 9:30pm and on weekends from 9:00am until 9:30pm.
See all the schedules. (In French)
Free entrance.


Parc André Citroën © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand

Parc André Citroën
2, rue Cauchy
75015 Paris
Metro: Javel (line 10).

4/ Le Jardin des Plantes
Created in the late sixteenth century, the Jardin des Plantes was originally the Jardin du Roy. Today it houses the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, the geology and mineralogy gallery, the large tropical greenhouses but also alpine, green, botanical gardens, irises and perennial plants, a menagerie and a rose garden on 59.3 acres. Throughout the year, the various sites organise numerous exhibitions to discover all the wealth of fauna and flora. This green space is the favourite place of athletes who come to run here and for lovers who stroll here before joining the Seine banks. A place that will enthrall children, who can also enjoy a life-size labyrinth!

Open every day, in summer from 7:30am until 8pm, and in winter from 8:00am to 5:30pm.
Free entrance.

Jardin des Plantes © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Daniel Thierry

Le Jardin des Plantes (in French)
2, rue Buffon
75005 Paris
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz (line 10).

Want to visit more Parisian parks and gardens? Discover those on the right bank!



The blogger ‘Dans la peau d’une fille’ at the Hotel Mareuil

A few weeks ago, on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the blogger ‘Dans la peau d’une fille’ stayed with her boyfriend at the Hotel Mareuil. They were able to enjoy a superior room with bath at the top floor of the building with a romantic view on Paris and its famous roofs.

A gourmet and cosy stay
The young woman was particularly seduced by the layout of the room, with a bathroom open on the night space as well as by the breathtaking panorama offered by this one. “Our room located on the top floor of the hotel offered a nice view. In addition, this double room with a king-size bed had an open bathroom. I found this very original and prettily decorated,” she revealed on her blog.

© Screenshot blog Dans la peau d’une fille

The organic breakfast particularly held her attention: “We feasted with fresh products, a wide range of sweet and salty dish and the setting is relaxing. I loved being able to make my own squeezed orange juice, for example. The tea selection is varied, organic and fair.” Céline, aka ‘Dans la peau d’une fille’, seems to have even been taken with the breakfast room, located near the reception, where you can rest “while reading the press or a Paris guidebook” she wrote.

© Screenshot blog Dans la peau d’une fille

Finally, to complete this wellness stay, the blogger recommended the Mareuil’s spa and fitness space, although she unfortunately didn’t have the time to try it out.

A great opportunity for her, we hope it, to see her among us soon!

Read her full article.

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A stay at Hotel Le Mareuil with The So Girly Blog

The Hotel Mareuil is really popular with bloggers! After Delfée and Dans la peau d’une fille, it is Amélie’s turn from the “So Girly Blog” to give us her impressions further to her stay with us.

Screenshot © Instagram Sogirlyblog

A girl from Marseille in Paris
Behind The So Girly Blog is Amélie, a young woman of 29 from La Rochelle region and Marseille by adoption. Last April, she had the opportunity to go to Paris for the release of Estelle Lefébure’s new book. She chose the Hotel Mareuil to spend a night in the City of Light.

Screenshot © Instagram Sogirlyblog

A 100% cool stay
Like the other bloggers, Amelie was seduced by the calm of the hotel, located in a one way street and this, yet only a 5-minute walk from the turbulent Place de la République. She also declares to be charmed by her room, with its large bed, its beautiful view, and especially the NightCove, which allows you to relax with music. But, it is undoubtedly the welcome organic products from Vinali, available in the bathrooms as well as ideal for delicate and sensitive skins, which have already seduced our young blogger.

We let you discover her nice article (in French)…


Screenshot ©


12th European Night of Museums in the Marais

Every year, the European Night of Museums is the opportunity to offer a breeding ground. Most Paris museums open their doors for free so you can see their collections and their temporary exhibitions. At the Hotel Mareuil, we love strolling around in the Marais, we invite you to discover the main attractions of the neighbourhood during this arty evening!

In the 3rd arrondissement
We begin the festivities at the Cognac-Jay Museum, where visitors will attend a tour, with readings and music. Tales and fables from Voltaire or Diderot will be recited on Rameau and Mozart music. At the Museum Carnavalet, an opera show will be performed in the gardens. The Musée national Picasso will offer free access to its exhibitions, including the one of Miquel Barceló, “Sol y sombra”. Finally, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature will be organising video screenings, in partnership with the winners of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

© DES SIGNES, studio Muchir Desclouds

In the 4th arrondisssement
Victor Hugo’s House will be opening its doors during a free tour of the flat where the writer and his family have been living from 1832 to 1848. The Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles will invite us to go all over the exhibition of the Belgian painter Paul Delvaux, known for his pictorial and poetic style. The Polish Library in Paris will be programming a concert of classical music. As for the Centre Georges Pompidou, it will enable the public to stroll in its permanent collections, visit the exhibition of French artist JR, and will bring us many other surprises!

12th European Night of Museums in the Marais, on Saturday May 21st, 2016.
Free entrance.

Centre Georges Pompidou
19, rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Metro : Rambuteau (line 11).