Hotel Britannique’s Chatelet Metro Connects Paris Museums – Monuments Quickly… and you’re right around the corner from this largest underground station in the world!
In fact Châtelet Métro is less than 500 feet away (or 35 seconds)!
-> walk out of the Hotel Britannique and go left
-> take a left at the corner
-> Châtelet metro is down the block on your left
Where can you go from here? Everywhere!
First, learn the metro. You can figure it out in seconds, too (see how convenient this hotel is!). In fact, Paris is so easy to get around via the metro that once you figure it out, you’ll never turn back.
Tips for understanding the metro:
- The lines are color coded. You look to where you are and to where you want to go. Follow that colored line to the end. That is the direction in which you will want to go. For instance, when you travel Chatelet to most tourist spots, you’ll be traveling Line 1 in the direction of La Defense. You disembark along the way (and, yes, there are color coded signs above every metro door to tell you how many stops before you get off). Remember that when you’re returning to Hotel Britannique, you head back the opposite direction (Chateau de Vincennes).
NOW… for the GOOD PART! Hotel Britannique is 35 seconds from Chatelet which is on metro line 1. It’s the major metro line in Paris, as it goes from west to east. And every major must-do is either directly off this metro line, or off a connecting one!
Metro Line 1 Monuments and Museums:
- The Louvre – Metro: Line 1 (exit at Palais Royal Musee du Louvre) – 2 stops from Chatelet.
(Unless you want to do the junky souvenir walk along Rue Rivoli, in which case, you only have 1 stop at exit Louvre Rivoli).
- Tuileries Gardens (Jardin de Tuileries – where kids sail little boats in the fountains) – Metro: Line 1 (exit Tuileries) – 3 stops from Chatelet.
- Place de la Concorde – Metro : Line 1 (exit at Concorde) – 4 stops from Chatelet.
- Champs Elysees (beginning) – Metro : Line 1 (exit at Champs Elysees Clemenceau) – 5 stops from Chatelet.
- Champs Elysees (middle) – Metro : Line 1 (exit at Franklin D. Roosevelt) – 6 stops from Chatelet.
- Champs Elysees (middle-to-end / technically, the part you care about will it end at Arc de Triomphe, the next exit) – Metro : Line 1 (exit at George V) – 7 stops from Chatelet.
- Arc de Triomphe – Metro : Line 1 (exit at Charles de Gaulle Etoile) – 8 stops from Chatelet.
Wait! But how to get to the Eiffel Tower from Chatelet Metro, from Notre Dame, from Hotel DeVille, the Louvre, etc. — Take Chatelet (or anywhere on Line 1 ) to Line 4 (direction – Porte d’Orleans) and exit St-Michel to the RER (don’t worry, it’s still a metro – direction of Versailles-Rive Gauche/ Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) and get off at Champ de Mars, unless you want to get off at Pont de l’Alma to see the Princess Diana tribute. Unless you are staying near the Eiffel Tower, it might very well be the most difficult spot in Paris to get to unless you go by taxi… and you don’t want to stay near the Eiffel Tower because most of the area is just plain boring!