Best Hotels to Stay in Paris
Paris had always been a destination for traders, students and those on religious pilgrimages, but its 'tourism' in the proper sense of the term began on a large scale only with the appearance of rail travel, namely from state organisation of France's rail network from 1848. One of Paris' first 'mass' attractions drawing international interest were, from 1855, the above-mentioned Expositions Universelles that would bring Paris many new monuments, namely the Eiffel Tower from 1889. These, in addition to the Capital's 2nd Empire embellishments, did much to make the city itself the attraction it is today.
After a day spent exploring Paris crowded, twisting streets, these are some of the best hotels where you can escape the hubbub at the end of the day.
If you've ever wanted to be part of a Paris modern art installation while you sleep, here's your chance. On the roof of the neo-classical Palais de Tokyo — Paris's cutting-edge contemporary arts centre — you can spend the night in a designer pod with the best view in the city. The Everland hotel is an art installation by Swiss artists Sabrina Lang and Daniel Baumann. Described as a kind of ultra-modern tree-house on one of Paris's best-placed rooftops, it has a panoramic view of the Seine and the Eiffel tower.
Its name might make it sound like a Berkshire retirement home, but this smart Parisien house in the 16th arrondissement is in fact a quirky but chic hideway with a B&B feel. With only eight rooms, decorated like the home of a true Parisian dandy, it feels more like staying with posh friends. Good value and not far from the Eiffel tower, it's a good starting point for exploring western Paris.
Hotel Arvor Saint Georges
A cosy house near Montmartre and Pigalle, with rooms winding up a staircase to a rooftop view. Its mix of white minimalistic bedrooms and funky downstairs décor makes you feel more like you're in a Parisian bourgeois-boheme flat-share than a hotel. Be sure to ask for one of the recently renovated rooms – particularly with a good view over the patio and backyard.
Hotel Beaumarchais is a cheap and cheerful option for young people on a budget, or those travelling in a group and sharing a room. With incredibly bright carpets and décor with oddities like plastic bathroom furniture, it provides a basic but chilled-out Paris base on the edge of the hip Oberkampf district with its bars and clubs.
Hotel du Nord
Tucked away in a quiet street near the Gare du Nord, this is a simple, down-to-earth and incredibly good value Parisian house, that's very proud of its local neighbourhood feel. With homemade jams served at breakfast, it feels more like a cheap but cosy B&B than a hotel. They have 10 bikes available to guests free of charge.
Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais
Furnished in the style of a private townhouse in the time of playwright Beaumarchais (Marriage of Figaro) and Mozart, this "bonne adresse" on the edge of Paris's chic Marais district is cosy and atmospheric, but also good value. Fear not Paris chintz, this is the tasteful historic version. The hotel's location is a definite plus point. Turn left and cross the busy boulevard, rue de Rivoli, and it's a quick walk from the Seine and its islands. But turn right and meander through the narrow streets of the Marais, and you're in a warren of bars, restaurants, chocolatiers and stylish shopping — a short walk from Places des Vosges, the Picasso museum and the Jewish delis of rue des Rosiers.
A colourful, chilled-out, family-friendly and nicely-priced small townhouse hotel on the Left Bank. Modern art murals decorate the entrance hall while modern white, grey and red colour schemes dominate the simple upstairs and attic rooms.
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