Celebrate France's 223rd Bastille Day in style by staying in a great hotel with balcony views of the pomp and circumstance or a front row seat to the playing of El Marseillaise! Parades and fireworks are just the start of the celebrations to honor the storming of the Bastille this July 14th. Here are a few hotel recommendations for a 'revolutionary' stay in Paris during the Independence Day celebrations.
The epitome of French rococo luxury, this opulent hotel encloses the Plaza du la Concorde and is the perfect location to appreciate French culture on their most important national holiday. Located at the top of le Champs-Élysées, Hôtel de Crillon offers balcony views of the finale of the Bastille Day Military parade festivities on the 14th which includes a military fly-over.
In the hilltop neighborhood of Trocadéro surrounded by 5-star restaurants and Paris' premier attractions, the hotel overlooks the gardens and Eiffel Tower. The tower's dazzling light show will have a backdrop of the magnificent Bastille Day fireworks display. I hope you will take advantage of the suites' unobstructed view of this spectacle -- a welcome exclusive retreat from the crowded balcony below. The Eiffel Trocadéro is currently running a special for Bastille Day offering rooms at 149 Euros per night.
In the heart of the Triangle d'Or area, the Hotel Plaza Athénée is a mere few steps away from the River Seine and the Eiffel Tower, offering balcony views of both. I hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy the premium views of the festivities in your own private suite. The Plaza Athénée has several unique features like its high tea, courtyard framed in ivy covered walls, and classic red awnings.
A block from the Arc de Triomphe festivities sits Le Royal Monceau, Champs-Élysées, The Best New Hotel of 2012 according to Tatler Magazine's Travel Guide. You may see Raffles in design magazines for its chic, artistic décor which recycles the original buildings' assets while integrating them into their winning design concept. The hotel emphasizes its artistic flare in the on-site gallery and contemporary art bookstore while other highlights include the aromatic garden and modern courtyard, uncommon features in a Parisian hotel. You don't have to leave your room to witness Paris' art scene since Le Royal Monceau has art books, newsletters, acoustic guitars as well as works on the walls of all 85 rooms and suites.
The Art Deco style of this 5-star hotel gives it a strong presence which complements its large spaces and luxurious gardens. The Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris is a 10 minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe, where I know you will enjoy the parade from its very start! Additionally, I find this an excellent hotel for accommodating business needs as it has nineteen meeting rooms! I invite you to enjoy a drink in the Purple Bar and experience its unique ambiance and Parisian nightlife.
In honor of the day, stay at the Hotel Paris Bastille, located in the 11th arrondissement (district) of Paris, which used to house the now demolished prison. Two blocks from the Place de la Bastille circle, metro station and Royal Opera House, this hotel welcomes you with clean lined modern decor and spacious rooms for around 230 Euros per night. A favorite of customers, the Paris Bastille is a true 4-star hotel. It offers visitors the chance to experience the neighborhoods and daily life of the Parisians, and is only a few metro stops away from Paris' well-traveled areas.