Situated in Paris’ 4th arrondissement, Centre Pompidou stands prominently in the city centre and thusly is surrounded by a variety of hotels. This is a desirable area for hotels, so rates can be high. Easytobook.com lists cheap hotels near Centre Pompidou alongside more expensive accommodation. If you can afford to splash out on some extravagance, Hotel Citadines Prestige Les Halles is an excellent four star option very close to Centre Pompidou. For those on a smaller budget, you might like to stay in the two star Hotel de la Vallee, which is much cheaper and is also slightly close to Centre Pompidou. For couples, a good romantic hotel in the neighbourhood is Novotel Les Halles, which is an impressive structure with an inviting piano bar and beautifully presented rooms.
The area surrounding Centre Pompidou is an excellent place to find Paris hotels, places to eat and a variety of tourist attractions. Designed by an international team of architects and structural engineers, Centre Pompidou is an example of high-tech architecture. Located in the Beaubourg area of Paris, Centre Pompidou is locally referred to as the ‘Beaubourg’. The centre takes its official name from the President of France, Georges Pompidou, who initiated its inception and who held his position for 1969 to 1974. Centre Pompidou stands near Les Halles and the Marais and houses a public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne and the Bibliothèque publique d’information. Some of the art movements represented in the museum include Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. The museum has a total of 50,000 works of art which include various paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs. There are close to two thousand items on public display there.
The building structure of the Centre Pompidou is very distinctive and has been described by critics as ‘an oil refinery in the centre of the city’. The coloured external piping is one of the especially notable features of this building. The air conditioning ducts are painted blue and the water pipes are colored in green. The construction of the building is very transparent as the steel beams that make up the Pompidou Centre's framework are on the outside. The intention of the architects was to place all the service elements outside the building's framework and thereby turn the building ‘inside out’. The area immediately outside of Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, is known for its street performers that entertain the gathered throngs, especially on warmer days. Miniature carnivals sometimes feature on the square, providing a variety of entertainment and activity.
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