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Insider's quide to the Best Hotels in Montparnasse

Staying at a hotel in Montparnasse gives you an excellent launchpad to discover the Paris left bank.

However, Montparnasse has its own colorful history. In the early 20th century, it was the home to many of the famous artists, writers and thinkers that are still associated with literary Paris today.

So, wherever you stay in Montparnasse, you'll probably find that, close to your hotel, there's a place of historic or cultural significance. So, when you walk out of your hotel you'll be walking in the footsteps of famous Paris figures such as Picasso, Degas, Ezra Pound, Hemingway, Henry Miller, Salvador Dali .... even Lenin and Trotsky who used to meet for coffee in the neighborhood when they were exiled in Paris!

When choosing a hotel in the area, try to pick one that's not far from a metro stop. There are parts of Montparnasse that aren't well served by the metro and you don't want to have to walk 15 minutes to and from your hotel every time you go back and forward from the center of Paris.

Finally, while you are there, make sure you visit Tour Montparnasse which has the highest views of Paris which are truly spectacular. Also, if you have time, try to visit the cemetery (Cimetiere du Montparnasse) which is home to the graves of Sartre, Simone De Beauvoir and Baudelaire (plus others).

Interesting fact: Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake"