A hotel near the Villa d’Alésia? FRED HOTEL!

From the beginning of the 20th century the Montparnasse district was very frequented by artists, many of whom chose to set up their workshops or their private residences here. There are still traces of this artistic heyday today, which gives this area its vibrant personality. The Villa d’Alésia, which connects the rue d'Alésia and the rue des Plantes, is an example of this.

 

A unique alley for a stroll between Art Deco and Art Nouveau in the heart of the Montparnasse district

Prepare to explore a street full of character. It has an unusual Y shape, one arm branching at the end into a dead-end street. A visit here is like walking through a movie set, with an architectural style combining Art Nouveau (colours, curves, ornaments) and Art Deco (sober, geometric, minimal). The one-of-a-kind buildings along the alley are each more original than the other, a step into another world. This hodge-podge of façades rubbing shoulders and never blending in gives the place a unique and vibrant feel. The stained glass windows provide a beautiful light to the alley, and the greenery escaping the gardens of private homes is a welcome breath of fresh air. The 270-metre-long Villa d'Alésia is a haven of peace and a great place to escape to.

 

A former artists’ haunt

Opened in 1897, the Villa d'Alésia was once called the Villa Parquet, after its owner. It attracted many artists, who chose to set up their workshops or homes here. Edouard Marcel Sandoz (1881 - 1971) the animal sculptor lived at number 2 bis where is set up a miniature zoo in his workshop to house his live models. Number 10 was the home of the expressionist painter Francis Gruber (1912 - 1948), and 11 was the private residence of painter Auguste Leroux (1871 - 1954), as you can read on the plaque in his memory. The former workshop of the famous artist Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954),  is at number 37 bis, now the “Terre de Feu” workshop which holds drawing, sculpture and ceramics classes. Number 51 was once a printing place and is now the studio and shop Isapocket which sells furniture and decorative items and organises exhibitions.

 

FRED HÔTEL, near Villa d’Alésia, (Montparnasse district)

How to get to FRED HÔTEL from Villa d’Alésia

FRED HÔTEL Montparnasse district is a 10-minute walk from Villa d’Alésia.

When you come out of Fred Hotel, walk down rue Villemain until you get to rue d’Alésia, then turn left to the rue des Plantes. Turn right: the start of Villa d'Alésia is a few metres further on the right.

 

Continue your tour after visiting Villa d'Alésia in the Montparnasse district

After your visit, stop by at impasse Florimont, where you will discover the  home of the poet and singer Georges Brassens, just a 10-minute walk from Villa d'Alésia. You can also see a new side to Paris if you visit the Montparnasse Tower (internal kink) to discover the top floor of this immense 360° panorama of the capital city of lights.