Did you know that Parisians once thought the Eiffel Tower was unsightly and wanted taken down? The writer Guy de Maupassant famously said that he ate lunch every day in le Tour Eiffel, as it was the only place in Paris from which it could not be seen. It has since become an iconic symbol associated not only with Paris, but all of France – and nothing will prepare you for that first breath-taking glimpse, so why not have it be where there’s a bed nearby for proper swooning? If you’re planning a trip to Paris it’s not a bad idea to find a hotel near the Eiffel Tower; so without further ado, here is a list of hotels you can chose from – no matter your travel budget.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
One of Paris’ most legendary hotels, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée is just steps from the famous Champs-Elysées and close to the iconic Eiffel Tower. For all the Sex and the City fans out there, you may remember it is from a balcony of her room at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée that Carrie first sees the Eiffel Tower.
However, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée has been a famous luxury hotel since long before the days of Carrie Bradshaw. This elegant hotel with classic Parisian décor, international clientele and attention to service and detail is sure to impress. It is also known for its celebrated Chef Alain Ducasse, whose eponymous restaurant brings foodies from the four corners of the world.
If you can’t afford to stay at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée – and really, few of us can - drop in and splurge on a €20 cocktail; you’ll be treated like a celebrity and you’ll also have the opportunity to absorb just a little bit of Parisian chic.
Pretty, with a Price Tag to Match
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel
Located just a short way from the Champs-Elysées and close to the Eiffel Tower, this hotel sits on the other side of the Seine in the 16th arrondissement. If you’ve never been to Paris before and you want to splurge, you can’t do better than this place – especially if you can save up your Radisson Blu Goldpoints and cash in, in style!
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Located on the Left Bank, the Pullman Paris is a quick walk from the Eiffel Tower. With views of the Eiffel Tower from your balcony, you’ll see why the price tag matches the view!
Hotel Eiffel Seine
Ok, so it doesn’t have a view from the rooms – but this renovated boutique hotel could not be closer to the Eiffel Tower if it tried. The lobby is an Art Nouveau dream, the lounge bar is impossibly chic, and there’s a multilingual staff to help you with whatever you need. It’s small, clean and perfectly located for sightseeing and exploring, with several Métro stops nearby and a stone’s throw away from the other side of the Seine via the Pont de Bir-Hakeim.
Les Jardins d’Eiffel
This three-star, 80-room hotel located close to Les Invalids and Eiffel Tower and has balconied rooms with excellent views of the Eiffel Tower. Rooms not facing the famous tower overlook a tranquil courtyard. There is also air-conditioning at this hotel, which can be a welcome reprieve in hot summer months). As you nibble on your brioche at the free breakfast and examine your map of Paris, you’ll see that from Les jardins d’Eiffel you are just a short walk to the Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, Pont Alexandre III, the Seine and the Grand Palais.
Splendid Hotel Tour Eiffel
This three-star, 7th-arrondissment hotel is located at the corner of two wide Haussman style, tree-lined boulevards. The rooms may be small, but every one has a view of the Eiffel Tower and they always have special offers, so put this one high on your list when you’re booking your hotel in Paris.
Vacation Rentals for a Group
HomeAway Vacation Rental in Montparnasse
This isn’t a hotel – but it does sleep 8, with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, so if you are a group looking for a holiday rental with a view of the Eiffel Tower, you’ve just hit the jackpot. I mean, look at that picture from the website, for goodness sake. I’m halfway through packing my bags already.
Book this rental now, before I do!