Les Invalides is the key scene in Paris for accommodation. Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, it is home to monuments and museums relating to the country’s military history. The building’s original purpose was a retirement home and hospital for war veterans. It's a complex of buildings and the burial site for France’s war heroes, including Napoleon Bonaparte. It can be reached by crossing the Esplanade des Invalides and the dramatic Alexander III Bridge. The area is well known for its fine Invalides hotels.
Attractions in the Eiffel Tower-Invalides Area
The area is a favorite of U.S. expatriates due to the American University of Paris, the American Library and the Franco-American Center in the American Church. Other nearby attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Sewers Museum and the D’Orsay Museum. At night, the Eiffel Tower lights up with a warm glow of 20,000 strobe lights and light projectors. Visitors can climb the stairs to the top and enjoy a panoramic view of the city’s landmarks.
Getting Around near Invalides
Getting around near Invalides is convenient with the Metro, tramways and buses. The Metro is an expansive transportation network that runs a short distance to the suburbs and throughout Paris. Each station has many stops that are close to Invalides hotels. The city of Paris also has an extensive bus network. Hop on a bus if you’d like to travel the scenic route. Unlike the underground Metro, you’ll be able to take in the popular landmarks along the way. The city also offers public bikes.
Tips for Shopping for Food in Invalides
Shopping or browsing through the Invalides open air food markets near your hotel is the ideal way to find the perfect ingredients for an evening meal or afternoon delight. Merchants come from all over France and offer the best specialties. You can purchase homemade breads, fresh veggies, jams, wines, fruits and pastries. It’s the fabric of the Parisian way of life. Many of the open air food markets are also an easy walk from the Invalides hotels.