Away with the stars
Several 4- and 5-star hotels in the surrounding chic arrondissements offer breath-taking views of the Eiffel Tower. One of the most impressive is the Shangri-La (from €600), which caused a sensation in 2010 when it opened in the 16th arrondissement, just across the river from the Eiffel Tower. Its classic style (ornate moulding, dazzling gilding, crystal chandeliers, antique furniture and original masterpieces) is a shining example of French heritage and the terrace suites with privileged views of the Eiffel Tower give visitors an opportunity to experience the very best of the City of Light. In the same neighbourhood, the Hôtel Sezz (from €270) offers a more intimate environment. The sense of luxury is discreet but palpable, using sophisticated yet understated interior design to unite the refined décor with top-of-the-range technology.
Crossing the river to Avenue Suffren, which flanks the western side of the Champ de Mars, we come to the Pullman (from €180), which is located practically at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. This modern classic is in need of a little TLC according to some guests, but the views over Paris from its rooms and restaurant remain an extraordinary treat, and its central location makes it good base from which to explore the city. Nearby on the Boulevard de Grenelle, the Mercure (from €150) offers similar levels of comfort and service, with guests highlighting the quality beds, the attentive staff, the Nespresso machines and free mini-bar among its many strengths.
Located less than a 10-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, these 4-star hotels all come highly recommended by travellers. Their common features include elegant, classic décor, cosy rooms, discreet, efficient service and a privileged location. The Walt (Place de l’Ecole Militaire) and the Inter Hotel la Bourdonnais (refurbished in 2014) both conceal pleasant courtyard terraces, while the Marquis (towards Avenue de Suffren) benefits from a peaceful location and the Derby Alma was completely renovated in 2012. Rates start from between €110 and €170.
3 affordable options
“Affordable” in this context means around €100 for a double room. In the area surrounding the Eiffel Tower, hotels that meet this criterion are quite scarce and visitors should be prepared to sacrifice the size of their room for its location. The Hôtel Eiffel Rive Gauche, with rates from €76, is probably the cheapest option, its friendly atmosphere and charming public areas both complimented by visitors. The Hôtel de l’Alma (from €90) is described as calm and relaxing, and offers the advantage of a patio terrace for breakfast in warm weather. Lastly, the Hotel de la Tour Eiffel (from €90) has made a commendable effort with its snug, modern decoration.