Whether you're on your first trip to Paris or your 50th, catching a glimpse of "La Tour Eiffel" will likely make your heart skip a beat. When Gustave Eiffel's wrought-iron tower debuted at the 1889 Exposition Universelle, Parisians were outraged and harshly criticized its design. But the world's first Iron Lady successfully seduced the City of Light -- and defined its skyline. Looking for a luxurious hotel to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle from your bed at night? We've got you covered. Think finding a room with the coveted view is out of reach? Think again. Herewith, our top picks for stays at every price point.
This three-pearl boutique hotel is ideal for travelers who want stylish and affordable Left Bank accommodations. Hotel Muguet is set on a quiet residential street in the 7th Arrondissement, just three blocks from the market along Rue Cler, and within a 15-minute walk of the Rodin Museum. The hotel’s 43 guest rooms have modern decor and lavish accents, and all are equipped with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. Views of the Eiffel Tower from some accommodations are stellar and unobstructed. The property’s highlight feature is its bright, glassed-in breakfast room, with vintage-inspired black chairs covered in striking jewel-tone fabric.
For a hotel with a cozy atmosphere that’s steeped in history — and has a prime 7th Arrondissement address plus a reasonable rate — Hotel Duquesne is a smart choice. The building that houses the three-pearl property was originally a pension for young cadets of École Militaire, and the hotel has retained much of the original architecture, including exposed beams, stone walls, and a vaulted ceiling. All of its 34 guest rooms have well-stocked minibars, attractive ebony furniture with chrome accents, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Choice units are on the top floor — rooms 54 and 55 are standouts — with balconies that have direct views of the Eiffel Tower. Breakfast here is served in a charming underground chamber.
With only 19 guest rooms, this three-and-a-half-pearl hotel in the 16th Arrondissement feels like a private residence. The building dates to the 18th century, and it’s located across the street from the Trocadero gardens — arguably the best vantage point to gaze at “La Tour Eiffel.” Decor is a blend of French traditional and posh, modern design. All units have minibars, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi, and the Eiffel Tower Suite has a telescope that’s powerful enough to see people on the monument’s observation decks. The hotel’s features are limited, but the lounge stays open late and guests give the breakfast (available for a fee) high marks.
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel is about as minimalist-chic as it gets, with interiors that border on Brutalist. The four-pearl hotel is located in the 15th Arrondissement only a block from the Eiffel Tower — and most of its 430 guest rooms have balconies that are practically in the landmark’s shadow. Units are sleek, and have 40-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, and CO Bigelow bath products, and many are equipped with iPod docks and Nespresso machines. The 24-hour rooftop gym with panoramic views, and a brasserie with an open kitchen and a terrace are among the hotel’s highlight features.
For an upscale, quintessentially Parisian stay with a superb address, Regina Hotel is hard to beat. This Belle Époque grande dame opened for the 1900 World’s Fair, and is located in the 1st Arrondissement on the Place des Pyramides, across the street from the Louvre and the Tuileries. The property was renovated in 2014, and most of the 124 guest rooms and suites have views of the iconic tower. (Tip: rooms that face west on the fifth and sixth floors are the best.) Decor stays true to the period, but modern lines keep spaces from feeling fussy. All rooms have minibars, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. There’s also a lovely, English courtyard garden, and a handsome Victorian bar.
Five-pearl Le Meurice Hotel is a little slice of heaven situated on busy Rue de Rivoli. The seven-story, 18th-century building is located in the 1st Arrondissement, across the street from the Tuileries. The hotel’s opulent, Louis XVI decor was most recently spiffed up by Philippe Stark, and its palatial lobby has luxurious carpeting, elegant chandeliers, and decorative molding with gilded accents. Several of its 160 guest rooms have excellent Eiffel Tower views (others have great views of the Tuileries Gardens), and some have balconies or private terraces. Standard amenities include iPod docks, minibars, and marble bathrooms that are stocked with high-end Penhaligon’s products and have deep soaking tubs. To top it off, there’s a Michelin-starred restaurant, the fabulous Le 228 bar, and a swank spa.
Hotel Plaza Athenee is the ultimate over-the-top stay — and the hotel of choice for celebs and fashion icons. The five-pearl property shares its Avenue Montaigne address with the world’s most luxurious brands, has an equally exclusive, lavish atmosphere. The hotel’s 208 guest rooms are done in Art Deco or French Regency style, with modern couture fabrics and antique finds chosen by interior designer Marie-Jose Pommereau. All have pillow menus and twice-daily housekeeping, plus minibars that guests can personalize with a choice of 80 liquors. Some rooms include balconies that have picture-perfect views of the Eiffel Tower. Among top features are five restaurants with Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse at the helm, and a Christian Dior-appointed spa with a Turkish bath.
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