The areas – the Eiffel Tower – The Left Bank of Paris
In the course of the last half-century, the area around the Hôtel de l’Exposition Tour Eiffel has changed considerably: individual housing has been replaced by residential complexes and office blocks. A multitude of shops of all kinds creates a typically Parisian effervescence in this part of the 15th arrondissement. In the evening, the bustle of the daytime fades and the streets resume their quiet habits of before. The convenience of the public transport system allows hotel patrons to easily organise their movements around the capital.
There is no shortage of things to see, starting with the immediate vicinity. Honour where honour is due: the EiffelTower, the great lady of Paris, is in fact within walking distance from the Hôtel de l’Exposition. No introduction is needed for the famous metal tower, built by engineer Gustave Eiffel, which was originally not intended to last. People out for a stroll can enjoy the immense space of the Champ de Mars to relax and admire the view of the dome of the Invalides and Trocadéro.
Art lovers will carry on a few hundred yards further to the Quai Branly museum, the latest of the great Paris museums: inaugurated in 2006, it is fully devoted to non-western art. Then they can simply cross the bridge to the other bank of the Seine where, beyond Trocadéro park and Chaillot Palace, lies the Musée de l’Homme, the Musée Guimet and the Musée d’Art moderne.
Enthusiasts of major sports events are spoilt for choice: line 10 (Charles-Michel metro station) connects them in a flash (15 mn) to the Parc des Princes or Roland-Garros stadiums.
Another metro station close to the Hotel (Dupleix) connects to the Champs-Elysées or Montparnasse station in a few minutes.
The high speed suburban train network, RER, provides an easy connection to Versailles and the château and also to the Musée d’Orsay.
Lastly, for those who are in Paris for a trade fair, there is a bus connection to the Parc des Expositions Convention centre at the Porte de Versailles.