The neighbourhood

The Louvre Museum

musée-du-louvre-paris-hotel-brighton

Go behind the scenes of one of the greatest museums in the world, and discover its history and the riches of its collections from the Marly Horses to the Mona Lisa.

Before becoming the biggest museum in Paris, the home of the Mona Lisa, the Raft of the Medusa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo, the Louvre was first a defensive fortress, then the residence of the kings of France and finally the monument we know so well with Pei's pyramid at its centre.

From the Palais Royal to the Louvre Museum

The history of the Louvre begins in the Middle Ages, when Philip Augustus decided to build a military fortress. In the 14th century, Charles V transformed the fortress into a royal residence, although subsequent kings preferred the châteaux of the Loire during the Hundred Years' War. It was not until the Renaissance that the Louvre became a residence again. François I decided to turn it into a palace, and 20 years later, Catherine de Medici began work on a second palace, the Tuileries Palace. Later, the kings of France sought to harmonise the two buildings, notably Henri IV. During the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, the Louvre was enlarged thanks to the work of Louis Levaux, Claude Perraut and Charles Lebrun. Eventually, the Louvre lost the courtyard to Versailles, and the building became a museum in 1793, devoted to the works of past civilizations. In 1871, a fire destroyed the Tuileries Palace. Since then, the Louvre opens directly onto the gardens, which can be seen from the Hôtel Brighton. Some 100 years later, François Mitterrand launched the Grand Louvre project to modernise the monument with the glass pyramid, the work of architect Pei. In 2003, it was decided to move the Louvre to a second site in the provinces. The chosen destination is Lens, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.

The museum collections

The Louvre is based around nine departments including the antiquities (oriental and Islamic art, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman), with one of the key works of the museum, the Venus de Milo. The sculpture section includes the Marly Horses by Coustou or The Rebellious Slave by Michelangelo. Then come the departments of art objects, graphic arts, of the history of the Louvre and the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Lastly, the painting section presents, among others, works by Nicolas Poussin, George de la Tour and the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci that has never ceased to fascinate visitors. The Hôtel Brighton is an ideal place to stay when visiting the museum.

The team's favourites

See more +
heart hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Cédric Grolet

A selection of pâtisseries and viennoiseries by famed French chef Cedric Grolet; often a recreation of traditional French desserts.

6 Rue de Castiglione - 75001 Paris
heart hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Balagan

Fashionable place with a young and dynamic clientele, Middle Eastern menu inspired by Israeli dishes, festive atmosphere between the Tuileries and the gardens of the Rue Saint-Honoré.

9 Rue d'Alger - 75001 Paris
heart hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Galignani

Extensive selection of books in French and English, including art books.

224 Rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris
Description of above image
heart hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Pierre Hermé

A shop to be visited for its famous macaroons, so Parisian with crazy agreements.

4 Rue Cambon - 75001 Paris
Description of above image
heart hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Chez Fleets

Traditional brasserie with a friendly and welcoming team, offering French classics at the beginning of Rue Cambon.

2 Rue Cambon - 75001 Paris
Description of above image
heart hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Entrepôt des épices Roellinger

Olivier Roellinger, talented chef, invites you to discover the treasures of spices.

51 bis Rue Sainte-Anne - 75002 Paris
Description of above image
heart hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Macéo

In this pretty listed building, close by the Palais Royal, you can enjoy skilfully prepared cuisine.

15, Rue des Petits Champs - 75001 Paris
Description of above image
heart hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Hermes

A real institution, this boutique presents the collections of the French luxury brand.

24, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré - 75008 Paris
Description of above image
heart hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Nomad's

A restaurant famous for its copious Sunday brunch and its African-influenced decor.

12, Rue du Marché Saint-Honoré - 75001 Paris
bed hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Are you about to ask for a quote for your future stay?

Click here to access our online booking for the best prices and an instant answer.

Book now

Contact us

cross hotel brighton paris esprit de france
Your request concerns :
Select an option
bed hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Are you about to ask for a quote for your future stay?

Click here to access our online booking for the best prices and an instant answer.

Book now

In accordance with the French Data Protection Act, you have the right to access and rectify your personal data, and to object to their processing.

Your message has been sent.
Our team will reply as soon as possible.
Sorry, it didn't work.
Max file size 10MB.
Uploading...
fileuploaded.jpg
Upload failed. Max size for files is 10 MB.

In accordance with the French Data Protection Act, you have the right to access and rectify your personal data, and to object to their processing.

Your message has been sent.
Our team will reply as soon as possible.
Sorry, it didn't work.

In accordance with the French Data Protection Act, you have the right to access and rectify your personal data, and to object to their processing.

Your message has been sent.
Our team will reply as soon as possible.
Sorry, it didn't work.

In accordance with the French Data Protection Act, you have the right to access and rectify your personal data, and to object to their processing.

Your message has been sent.
Our team will reply as soon as possible.
Sorry, it didn't work.
cross hotel brighton paris esprit de france

Reservation

cross hotel brighton paris esprit de france
Best price guaranteed
Choose your dates
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Book
Book