History of the Hotel
The Hotel Cluny Sorbonne was originally, in the 18th century, a mansion whose owners were a noble family. It was decapitated during the French Revolution of 1789, and the hotel became a popular pension, in this district of the 5th district which was poor and even a little “cut-throat”.
This pension was initially for workers by the week. Then the neighborhood became more of an artists district, over time. That’s why, for example, Arthur Rimbaud lived there. Verlaine lived in the rue Saint-Jacques or rue Gay Lussac, before the Rue de Vaugirard. They met around a table at one of the first cafés in the Place de la Sorbonne, often for a glass of absinthe, or at Montparnasse, like so many other artists of the 1890s. Or at the Brasserie Flanders and the Ardennes.