The Eiffel Tower is at the crossroads of three Paris arrondissements — the 7th Arrondissement, where it is located on the river; the 15th, that borders the Champ de Mars to the southwest; and the 16th Arrondissement across the river. As it turns out, our top-pick hotels near the Eiffel Tower are found in each of those arrondissements. All of our recommended hotels are within a fifteen- or sixteen-minute walk of the Eiffel Tower and close to Metro stations.
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At only 350 metres, and a 4-minute walk, the Pullman Paris is the closest hotel to the Eiffel Tower, but that's not the only reason to consider staying here. In a new building, the Pullman has all of the amenities you expect in a modern hotel. Rooms here are definitely larger than you find at most other Paris hotels. The views on the Eiffel Tower can't be beat.
The Eiffel Tower, and Trocadero across the river, are close, but other Paris attractions are farther away. Luckily, the nearest Metro station is only a five-minute walk and, woosh, seven minutes later you can be at the Arc de Triomphe. (RER Line C is also 5 minutes away, where you can catch a train that gets you to Saint-Michel in under 7 minutes.) The Pullman has a nice central garden courtyard and many of the rooms look out onto it. But, if we're staying here, we're going to get one of the rooms with the Eiffel Tower view!
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Between the Champ de Mars and the raised tracks of Metro Line 6 is where you'll find hotel Le Marquis Eiffel. Having "Eiffel" in a hotel's name is no guarantee it will be close to the Tower, but this one is — only a twelve-minute walk along the paths of the champ. Le Marquis Eiffel is housed in a classic early 20th-century building with high ceilings, completely fitted with modern hotel conveniences and oozing a boutique hotel feel. We choose the Executive Double rooms — they give you more space plus a little table. You always need a place to set your wine glass.
Le Marquis Eiffel is found on a short, quiet street sporting the things that Parisians need, like grocery stores, a boulangerie, and a boucherie. Getting to the rest of Paris is easy since Metro station La Motte-Piquet is only a 5-minute walk, where you can pick up line 6 (Arc de Triomphe/Champs-Elysées), line 8 (Concorde/Opera), or line 10 (Odeon & Saint-Germain-des-Prés).
Avenue de la Bourdonnais runs along the northeast side of Champ de Mars from the Seine at one end to École Militaire at the other — and that's where you'll find Hotel de la Bourdonnais. An unassuming, though nice enough, exterior doesn't quite prepare the guest for what's inside. A design team from Oscar Ono Interiors (a manufacturer of exquisite wood products) has created an overall theme around traveling and adventure that uses warm, comforting colors; wood; soft fabrics; and a few bright accents to create this calming oasis just a 12-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower.
Le Walt mixes classic France decor themes with modern forms and sensibilities. Even though not particularly large, the bedrooms seem grand — with large paintings, a warm color palate, and, in some cases, views on the Eiffel Tower, which is only a 15-minute walk through the Champ de Mars.
Access to the rest of Paris is easy since Metro station École Militaire is directly in front of the hotel. Hotel Le Walt features a secluded garden terrace, where you can relax with a drink or take your breakfast.
Closer to the river Seine, and grander in presentation, is Derby Alma, another hotel that gets a Superb rating from us. The entry, lobby, and lounge areas seem so very… well, grand. Each guest-room is individually decorated in a distinct, even quirky, style. Rooms here are a little larger than some of the other nearby hotels; we prefer the Junior Suites that really give you space to stretch out in.
Some of the upper rooms give you views onto the Seine and the modernistic Musée du Quai Branly. As for the Eiffel Tower, it's seven minutes away on foot. The RER (Gare du Pont de l'Alma) is four or five minutes' walk, while Metro Alma-Marceau (Line 9) is just across the river from that.
Let's take a stroll across Pont d'Iéna to the other bank of the Seine and cut through the Jardins du Trocadero along Avenue des Nations Unies to get to our next hotel — Hotel Maison FL. Located on a quiet neighborhood street filled with local shops, Maison FL is in an Art Deco style building, restored to its former glory by interior architect François Champsaur. The jewel-tone colors against natural woods make for agreeable spaces throughout the hotel.
When you book at Hotel Maison FL be sure to choose one of the suites or deluxe rooms with a terrace — the views are wonderful. It's a pleasant 16-minute walk to the Tower, along paths in the gardens. Metro Passy is only two minutes away, where Line 6 gives you access to the rest of Paris.
We've saved the best, the most glorious, the most highly-rated, and (of course) the most expensive for last. On the same side of the Seine as Maison FL is the Shangri-La Paris, one of only a handful of hotels in Paris to receive the coveted Palace classification. This is a step above five stars and represents the ultimate in hotel luxury, comfort, and service.
This is one of the newer hotels on the Paris luxury scene; it took three years and umpteen-million Euros to renovate the mansion of the grand-nephew of Emperor Napoleon III and turn it into a classic luxury hotel. The rooms are apartment-size — every room has a terrace with views on the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. Not only can you view the Eiffel Tower from your room, you can walk to it in ten minutes.
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