Across from the winding river Seine, in plain view of the Eiffel Tower, is the Place du Trocadéro, one of the best-known sights in the City of Light. Within the affluent 16th arrondissement, there are some brilliant places to lay your head for the night – all under the twinkling lights of the iron giant. These are the best hotels around Place du Trocadéro.
The Passy Hotel is filled with greenery | Courtesy of The Passy/Hotels.com
In the heart of Passy Village, not far from the Jardins de Trocadéro, is the luminous Passy Hotel. Filled with fresh greenery, the Passy’s design is modern Parisian, with eggshell blue and hints of gold throughout. But the true highlight is the hidden garden, which is tucked away within the hotel’s courtyard. Each room is individually designed, either overlooking the secret courtyard or with a view of the Eiffel Tower.
Art lovers will appreciate the design of Le Metropolitan, which is located on Paris’s busy Place de Mexico. With rooms featuring an Eiffel Tower view, the mind behind the interiors of this famous hotel is the celebrated French architect François Champsaur, who chose to highlight sleek, modern materials in its design, including black Zimbabwe granite, brushed oak and lacquered metal. The owners of Le Metropolitan have a stunning private art collection on display throughout the venue, including pieces from Paul McCarthy, Georges Rousse, Miquel Barceló and Tony Cragg.
The Belle Époque was the period just prior to World War I where art and design flourished in Paris. At Le Dokhan’s, patrons can immerse themselves in the beautiful era, where artful embellishment is incorporated throughout – from the elevator made from genuine monogrammed vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunks, to the Matisse and Picasso paintings. On the ground floor is one of Paris’s first champagne bars: think live jazz, candlelight and plush velvet armchairs.
Originally a townhouse built in typical Haussmann style in 1892, the Baltimore Hotel started as a place to stay in the 1920s, taking its name from the hotel’s first famous, regular guest: Lord Baltimore. Some rooms feature excellent views over the Eiffel Tower, while others boast that most typical of Parisian views: black metalwork balustrades with colourful boxes of flowers. But perhaps the real highlight of the Baltimore is the restaurant Carte Blanche. Constantly changing with the seasons, chef Jean-Philippe Perol’s menu combines French ingredients with Asian flavours, but at each turn it offers patrons the option of carte blanche: unique dishes listed on the menu under a single main ingredient, created according to the available products and the season.
From the shell of an old 1970s postal sorting office came the Brach Hotel. Marble, brass and walnut define the modern interiors, where imposing metal frames are softened by touches of greenery. The basement and ground floors are open to the public, with the hotel’s restaurant being a major draw whether or not you’re staying the night. But the real attraction is the rooftop garden. Reserved for the exclusive use of hotel guests, here, patrons can indulge in a cocktail on the terrace, which offers a panoramic view of the city, in view of the kitchen’s vegetable garden, and its three resident chickens.