Comfort Hotel Mouffetard/Latin Quarter
56, rue Mouffetard
Phone: (33) 1 43361700
Fax: (33) 1 43362578
The Foundation of the Institut Océanographique has a deceptively simple mission: to know and develop understanding of the ocean. It was created in 1906 by Albert I, the Prince of Monaco. The Institut in Paris is the seat of the Foundation and serves as a center of research for students, professionals, and anyone interested in the sea. Conferences, lectures, and exhibits are hosted at the site, and a bookshop at the pedagogic Centre de la Mer provides materials to carry the experience and education home!
Swimming at midnight right in Paris is possible! The Pontoise swimming pool, located near Boulevard Saint-Germain in the heart of the capital, offers this possibility thanks to late night openings from Monday to Friday. The swimming pool dates from the 1930s and is listed as Historical Monument. It is one of the most beautiful and famous pools in Paris. There is a 33-meter (108-foot) long pool, and there are individual cabins over two floors, and all of this is covered by a glass roof providing natural light. Besides water activities, you can enjoy squash classes, a body building space, and a sauna. The night ticket (from 8p) provides access to the pool and all other spaces. After your sporting efforts, you can relax at the bar.
The geometrical lines of the carrés de la perspective garden greet visitors upon entering the Jardin des Plantes with marvelous effects of perspective created through careful planning and maintenance. In the 65-acre (26-hectare) botanical garden, bejeweled by flowerbeds, you'll find several attractions, including an alpine garden, a greenhouse split between a tropical winter garden, a Mexican desert ecosystem, and a rose and iris garden. Also visit the small zoo and explore one of the museums on site, which include the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution and the Galerie de Paléontologie. The garden was first created in 1635 by Louis XIII's physician Guy de la Brosse to illustrate plants' medicinal properties to medical students. It opened to the public in 1640.
Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this swimming pool is said to be one of the nicest in town. Its location certainly helps with so many cafés and cinemas nearby to relax in after a good workout! Swimming and diving lessons are available with the recent addition of water gymnastics sessions. Hours vary during school breaks; call for details.
Situated inside the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, the ice rink is a popular winter destination among locals and tourists. Add more excitement to Christmas by indulging in some ice-skating here. Glide over the cold ice and let the adrenalin flow. A hit with people of all age groups, the entry to the rink is free however, one might have to pay for the skates.
If you're looking for an ultimate partying experience on a barge in Paris, La Balle au Bond will help you accomplish this mission! With a cafe, concerts and cultural events, this barge is never a boring place. Its terrace offers a magnificent view of the Musée du Louvre, the Passerelle des Arts and the Seine with space for up to 200 people. Moreover, La Balle au Bond can be rented for private receptions. Check the website for additional information like hours.
Each summer, Parisians and tourists can enjoy the sand, palm trees, and beach umbrellas installed along the banks of the Seine - but the river is much too murky and dirty for swimming. Enter Piscine Joséphine Baker to the rescue. The public pool, which can be found in the 13th arrondissement on a boat floating on the Seine, makes it nearly possible to really swim in the river. The boat boasts a retractable roof, swimming and wading pools, a sauna and hot tub, and plenty of deck space for sunbathing. As the pool has only been open since summer 2008, everything is new. - Betsy Mikel
This popular ice skating rink was established in 2002 through the combined efforts of Paris' town hall and the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. It was named after the Norwegian champion of figure skating Sonja Henie, and at the time it was the only permanent skating rink in Paris. It continues to delight ice skating amateurs and aficionados alike with its frequent events including concerts, hockey matches, and DJ nights.
The main asset of this swimming pool is its location, opposite the 14th arrondissement's town hall, on the pretty Square de l'Aspirant. The pool measures 25 meters (82 feet) by 12.5 meters (41 feet), half the length of an Olympic sized pool. It is better avoided at lunchtime (from noon to 2p) and early evenings, since it gets very busy with the local workers during these times. Ten-session passes are available here, which also gives you access to other pools managed by the City of Paris.
Lagardere Paris Racing is one of the primer sports facilities in the city. The place offers several sporting options like Tennis, Judo, Karate, Bridge and more. If you are a sports enthusiast and are looking to explore the sports culture of the city, this is one place to go.
The Kapla center is located at the tip of the Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, close to the Bastille. The district is extremely charming. The furniture makers and all other trades involving wood are housed in the Faubourg. More and more fashion designers have also recently decided to open shops in the district. The writer Patrick Sûskind, in "the Perfume" very accurately describes the atmosphere (and the smell!) of the street. The Kapla center offers workshops for children. With small pieces of wood called Kapla, they can build monsters, houses or cars. Children, a lot more than their parents, know that game and love it. The center also offers to babysit your kid during the course! They're really friendly.
A city gym which stands out for its athletics course, the Centre Sportif Elisabeth is easily accessible by public transportation.