Saint Germain des Prés
Since ever, Saint-Germain des Prés has been a place of a particular charm that has always inspired artists.
In the20th century, the Saint Germain des Prés continues to be synonymous with literary and artistic life, with its numerous cafés that have created their own circles and even their own literature price. “Les Deux Magots” café sets up the Saint Germian des Prés Price whose first winner is Raymond Queneau for its book “Le Chiendent”.
During the Second World War, while Parisians are subject to restrictions and curfew, those cafés are the last place of free exchange of opinions.
Paintors and photographs are also attracted by Saint Germain des Prés: in 1937, Picasso finishes “Guernica” in his atelier in rue des Saints Augustins, where his friend Man Ray often comes to visit him.
Musicians are there too: Léo Ferré sings at La Fontaine des Quatre Saisons, and musicians such as Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Charles Trénet, Guy Béart, Charles Aznavour and Serge Gainsbourg whether live in the area or are its regular visitors.
The history of Saint Germain des Prés is an illustration of a particular bond between this area and the cultural and artistic life of Paris.
Saint Germain is, nowadays, the most famous parisian quarter, and the ideal location for a touristic stay! Anyway, this part of the city is definitely worth a visit!
Hotel Crystal is a very charming hotel located in this very famous area.
Centrally located, close to the buses and subway, it is within a stone’s throw from Saint Germain-des-Prés church, Louvre museum, and gardens of Luxembourg. You will find the whole of St-Germain District atmosphere within the Crystal Hotel. Their team is keen to create cordial and courteous relationship with the customers, far from the anonymity of large hotels or hotel chains.
24 Rue Saint-Benoît
75006 Paris, France
Tel : + 01 45 48 85 14
Fax : + 01 45 49 16 45