Cultural and Leisure Activities

Paris, the city of lights, is always at its most magical and enthralling...

Your stay in Paris starts here, amidst all the symbols of French culture: the Louvre and its collections, the theatre at Comédie Française and Opéra Garnier.

Cultural and Leisure Activities

The Regina offers its guests superb opportunities for shopping and visiting historical and cultural attractions right in the heart of Paris.

Some useful addresses in Paris:

Beaubourg (Pompidou Centre: Metro: Hôtel de Ville line 1):

This cultural institution, the brainchild of Georges Pompidou, opened to the public in 1977. The building was designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.

It is one of the most-visited monuments in France, with almost 6 million visitors each year.

The Pompidou Centre, also known as Beaubourg after the district in which it is located, is devoted entirely to all forms of modern creative work. It displays its rich permanent collections of modern arts and hosts prestigious temporary exhibitions.

It offers film screenings, particularly during the annual documentary film festival, ‘Cinéma du Réel’.


Champs Elysées (Metro line 1, alight: Franklin Roosevelt (Rond Point)):

The world's most beautiful avenue in the eyes of most French people.

This legendary lovers’ haunt takes its name from the location in Hell where virtuous souls rest after death. It is clearly one of the capital’s main tourist attractions.

It is home to restaurants, boutiques, bars, nightclubs and much, much more. It is commonly referred to as ‘Les Champs’ in French, and is the place you go if you want to see and be seen.

It is also the place where a procession is held, every 14 July, to celebrate France's national holiday.


Concorde (Metro Concorde Lines 1, 8 and 12):

Its surface area of 84 000 m2 makes it the largest square in Paris.

It is situated at the foot of the Champs-Élysées  in the 8th arrondissement of Paris and links this avenue, which ascends towards the north-west of the city, to Les Tuileries  which stretches out towards the south-east.

It opens onto the Madeleine in the north by Rue Royale at the and the Palais Bourbon in the south by the Pont de la Concorde.


Grand Palais (Metro: Champs Elysées-Clémenceau lines 1 and 13):

This enormous palace of glass, iron and stone was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900, and solely displays temporary exhibitions and multidisciplinary events in its atrium and galleries.


Les Halles – Châtelet (Metro: line 14):

Dubbed ‘The Belly of Paris’ by the novelist, Emile Zola, Les Halles has traded as a market since the Middle Ages.

It has seen a succession of large food markets over the years and nowadays numerous boutiques and crafts workshops cover an extensive area, with each street having its own speciality.


Les Invalides (Metro: Varenne line 13):

This imposing building was erected by Louis XIV as accommodation for wounded soldiers and army veterans.

The Dôme des Invalides Church, 105 m at its highest point and visible for kilometres in every direction, has contained Napoleon I’s tomb since 1840, and also the Chapel of Saint-Louis-des-Invalides, the military museum of the Army of France, the Museum of the Legion of Honour and the new Historial Charles-de-Gaulle.


The Louvre (5 min by foot) :

The Louvre Museum is one of the largest museums  in the world and its surface area of 210 000 m² makes it the largest museum in Paris. Of this, 60 600 m² is used as exhibition space.

This building in the heart of the city, situated between the right bank of the River Seine and Rue de Rivoli, in the 1st arrondissement, is a former royal palace, the Louvre Palace.


Madeleine (Metro: line 14)

The façade of the Madeleine Church resembles an ancient temple in perfect symmetry with the Palais Bourbon, which faces it from the other side of the Seine via Rue Royale and Place de la Concorde.

With its Corinthian columns, the church offers a rich collection of sculptures and paintings, including an important fresco by Jules Ziegler above the altar which recounts the history of Christianity.

The huge organ in the Madeleine, attributed to Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, is widely renowned, as are the church’s acoustics.

Some of the masses have been set to music and the church frequently hosts concerts of classical music.


Musée d’Orsay (Metro: Solferino Line 12 or 9 min by foot, 750 metres):

The Musée d’Orsay is a national museum in Paris, on the left bank of the River Seine, in the 7th arrondissement. It was set up in what was formerly Orsay Station (1898) and was inaugurated in 1986.

The Museum’s collections display Western painting and sculpture from 1848 to 1914, along with decorative arts, photography and architecture.

The Museum houses the largest collection of Impressionist works in the world with masterpieces such as ‘The Luncheon on the Grass’ and ‘Olympia’ by Edouard Manet, ‘Small Dancer aged 14’ by Degas, ‘Origin of the World’, ‘A Burial at Ornans’ and ‘The Artists’ Studio’ by Courbet, five paintings from the Rouen Cathedral series by Monet and ‘Bal du moulin de la Galette’ by Renoir.


Musée Rodin (Metro: Varenne line 13):
           
A large number of works by sculptor Auguste Rodin along with his personal collections are exhibited in an exquisite 18th-century townhouse, Hotel Biron. ‘The Thinker’, ‘The Kiss’, ‘Toilette of Venus’ and ‘Danaid’ comprise a collection of fascinating creations of admirable force.

This is a museum that must not be missed as it also displays works by Camille Claudel, and canvases by Monet, Van Gogh and many others of Rodin’s artist friends.

Rodin could not have imagined a more heavenly setting with this charming romantic garden bordered by lime trees and filled with sculptures such as the famous ‘Gates of Hell’.

A museum to be visited with the family or as lovers. There are regular exhibitions on the theme of Rodin’s work amongst others.

Notre Dame (Metro: Hôtel de Ville line 1):

The building site for Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral reached the most Pharaonic proportions ever known in the history of France. Work, which started in 1160 on the order of Maurice de Sully, was to continue for two centuries.

At that time, the Bishop of Paris wanted to replace the two small churches at the south-eastern end of the Île de la Cité.

Architecturally, the cathedral’s dimensions give some idea of the importance of this masterpiece of Gothic art: 5 500 m2 of floor space, 130 metres long, 48 metres wide, 35 metres high under the vaulted ceiling, 69 metres to the tops of the towers.


Opéra (Metro Opéra Line 7):

This monument is particularly representative of the eclectic, historicist style of architecture of the second half of the 19th century and is the continuation of the series of transformations of Paris undertaken by Napoleon III and prefect Haussmann.


Palais-Royal (Metro line):

The publicly-owned Palais-Royal houses three institutions of the French Republic: the Conseil d’Etat, the Constitutional Council And the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

It also houses the Salle Richelieu of the Comédie-Française and the Théâtre du Palais-Royal.

There is a delightful garden surrounded by shopping arcades in the middle of the complex.

The Cour d’Honneur, its famous courtyard, it is to the south of the garden.


Place Vendôme (7 min by foot)

This is where luxury has made its home.
Some of the most famous jewellers, watchmakers and couturiers, as well as the palatial Hotel Ritz, can be found at the foot of the 18th century townhouses flanking this square designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart during the reign of Louis XIV.

The Ministry of Justice is also located here.


Pont Neuf (Metro: Pont Neuf line 7):

This is the oldest bridge in Paris.
It was inaugurated in 1607 by King Henry IV and had been started during the reign of his predecessor, Henry III.

Its originality lies in the fact that no houses have been built on it as had been customary at that time.

This monument has been classified as a historic monument since 1889.

In 1991, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the banks of the River Seine in Paris.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts):

The Museum is located right in front of Hotel Regina at 107 rue de Rivoli, and occupies the Rohan and Marsan Wings of the Louvre. It comprises, in effect, three museums: the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Fashion and Textile, and the Advertising Museum and offers a vast central space for temporary exhibitions. One section is devoted to toys and the ground floor has a boutique with a selection of books, jewellery, fashion accessories, stationery, toys, tableware, retro items and contemporary design.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts)

Jardin des Tuileries

Musée de l’Orangerie

Hotel Regina and the cinema

L’AIDE (2009)

A short feature film by J.P Mocky based on an unpublished novel by
Alfred Hitchcock
With Christina Reali

BUS PALLADIUM (2009)

Film by Christopher Thompson
With Géraldine Pailhas

ADELE BLANC SEC (2009)

Film by Luc Besson
With Louise Bourgoin

PARIS CONNECTION (2010)

Film based on a work by Jackie Collins
With Antony Delon

CREDIT POUR TOUS (2010)

Film by Jean-Pierre Mocky
With Rufus and Arielle Dombasle

BELLE COMME LE JOUR (2011)

Film by Vincent Decis
With Juliette de Ferluc and Giasco Bertoli

UPGRADE (2011)

Film by Franziska Bush
With Sandrine Bonnaire, Jessica Schwartz, Hans Werner Mayer and Gérard Jugnot

See the full list list

Many film directors have used Hotel Regina for filming because of its unique décor. Its suites, its impressive hall, its magnificent crystal chandeliers, its carved-oak revolving door and curved mirrors feature in many films as symbols of quintessentially French luxury. 

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