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Hotel des Deux-Iles

ABOVE: The vaulted lounge of the Hotel des Deux-Îles, a three-star hotel on the Île Saint-Louis near the footbridge to the Île de la Cité and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Hotels on the islands (Cité and St-Louis)

You won't find a more central location for sightseeing than the Île de la Cité (the site of Nôtre Dame Cathedral, La Conciergerie, and the church of Sainte-Chapelle). From the island, short bridges lead to the Left Bank and Right Bank, which are so close that the Left Bank's Saint-Michel Métro and RER station has entrances on both the mainland and the island.

Hotels are in short supply on the Île de la Cité, but you'll have better luck on the immediately adjacent Île Saint-Louis, a small and narrow island that is one of the most exclusive residential neighborhoods in Paris. Hotels on the Île Saint-Louis include the highly-rated Hôtel de Lutèce, the cheerful Hôtel des Deux Îles, and the four-star Hôtel du Jeu de Pomme. The Hôtel Saint-Louis en l'Île is another possibility.

We should mention that the Île Saint-Louis is quiet at night and in the early morning, but on weekends or during peak season, the main street down the center of the island is packed with tourists and locals from other neighborhoods.

The footbridge to the Île de la Cité can be almost impassable on Sundays and at other busy times when it's taken over by street performers. If you're going to stay on the Île Saint-Louis, we'd recommend coming outside of the busiest tourist months.

Transportation to the islands: From Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport, or the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord, take the RER "B" line to the Saint-Michel station and exit via the stairs on Île de la Cité. From there, you can walk to your hotel or apartment.

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In this article:
Types of accommodation
Left Bank: Latin Quarter, St-Germain
Left Bank: Eiffel Tower, Invalides
Right Bank: Champs-Élysées to Louvre
Right Bank: Opéra
Right Bank: Marais
Île de la Cité, Île Saint-Louis
Charles de Gaulle, Orly, and Beauvais Airports
Other areas of Paris and its suburbs

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Left Bank Hotels (5th, 6th, 7th East)