Seine River Paris: Curiosities, Boat Tours, and Hotels on the Riverbanks

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Seine River Paris: Curiosities, Boat Tours, and Hotels on the Riverbanks

The Seine is a river in France that flows through Paris. With more than 37 bridges across the Seine River in Paris, the most famous are Pont Alexandre III, Pont Neuf, and Pont des Arts.

In this article, you will find out some curiosities about the river, as well as options for tours and hotels near the banks of the river in Paris.

Facts about the Seine River

  • The River Seine is 777 km long;
  • It is the second-longest river in France, after the Loire;
  • From Le Havre to Rouen in Normandy, it is the only part of the Seine used by ocean-going vessels;
  • The area of its hydrographic basin is approximately 75,000 km²;
  • The Seine flows into the English Channel;
  • The River Seine originates approximately 30 km northwest of Dijon and flows northwest through Paris before emptying into the English Channel.

Boat Tours on the Seine River

Boat Tours on the Seine RiverPhoto Credit: Diogo Fagundes

Taking a boat tour on the Seine River in Paris is a must to enjoy the city’s sights from another perspective.

  • Boat Tour – lasting 1 hour and with a value starting from 16 Euros, the tour starts at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and passes by several monuments in Paris. Book here.
  • Boat Trip with Lunch – lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes, the boat trip passes by the main attractions of Paris and offers a 3-course lunch (starter, main, and dessert) without drinks. There is also a romantic lunch option. Book here.
  • Dinner Boat Cruise – lasting 2 hours, the gourmet dinner boat tour also offers 3 courses (starter, main, and dessert) without drinks. There is a romantic and vegetarian dinner option. Book here.

Take the opportunity to book a Free Walking Tour in Paris and discover with a guide the city’s iconic monuments, the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte, and more. Book here.

10 Best Hotels Near the Banks of the River Seine

1. Off Paris Seine

Off Paris Seine©Off Paris Seine

The Off Paris Seine is the first floating hotel and bar in Paris and is highly rated by many travelers.

It offers comfortable accommodation, some with a view of the river. The rooms have a TV and minibar.

The hotel has a plunge pool and a marina.

86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France

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2. Hotel Notre Dame Saint Michel

Hotel Notre Dame Saint Michel©Hotel Notre Dame Saint Michel

Hotel Notre-Dame Saint Michel is a boutique hotel offering comfortable accommodation on the Seine banks overlooking Notre-Dame Paris Cathedral.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a work desk.

1 Quai Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris, France

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3. Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris

Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris©Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris (Apart hotel Paris)

Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris is an aparthotel near the Pont Neuf and offers some accommodations with river views.

All accommodation has a flat-screen TV and a kitchenette.

The apar thotel has a gym.

53 ter Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris, France

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4. Les Rives de Notre-Dame Hotel

Les Rives de Notre-Dame Hotel©Les Rives de Notre-Dame Hotel Paris

Les Rives de Notre-Dame Hotel is a hotel located opposite the Sainte-Chapelle on the banks of the Seine.

The rooms are comfortable and equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk, electric kettle, and minibar.

15 Quai Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris, France

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5. Juliana Hotel Paris

Juliana Hotel Paris©Juliana Hotel Paris

The Juliana Hotel Paris is a hotel with modern facilities located near the banks of the river and a 15-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower.

The rooms are equipped with a TV, coffee maker, and minibar.

The hotel has a gym and sauna.

10-12 Rue Cognacq Jay, 75007 Paris, France

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6. Yooma Urban Lodge Eiffel

Yooma Urban Lodge Eiffel©Yooma Urban Lodge Eiffel Paris

Yooma Urban Lodge Eiffel is a modern, value-for-money hotel offering accommodation options for families with a private bathroom.

The rooms have a TV and a work desk.

The hotel has a gym and sauna.

51 Quai de Grenelle, 75015 Paris, France

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7. Novotel Paris Center Tour Eiffel

Novotel Paris Center Tour Eiffel©Novotel Paris Center Tour Eiffel

The Novotel Paris Center Tour Eiffel is a short distance from the Pont de Grenelle and a 15-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower.

Rooms have a flat-screen TV, electric kettle and minibar.

The hotel has an indoor pool and a gym.

61 Quai de Grenelle, 75015 Paris, France

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8. Hôtel de Lille

Hôtel de Lille©Hôtel de Lille

The Hôtel de Lille is a boutique hotel within walking distance of the riverside and the Orsay Museum.

The rooms are equipped with a TV, coffee maker, and minibar.

40 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, France

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9. Hôtel Mercure Paris Bercy Bibliothèque

Hôtel Mercure Paris Bercy Bibliothèque©Hôtel Mercure Paris Bercy Bibliothèque

The Hôtel Mercure Paris Bercy Bibliothèque is a hotel with modern and colorful facilities within walking distance of the National Library of France.

All rooms have a TV, electric kettle, and minibar.

The hotel has a bar.

6 Bd Vincent Auriol, 75013 Paris, France

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10. Hôtel d’Orsay – Esprit de France

Hôtel d'Orsay©Hôtel d’Orsay – Esprit de France

Hôtel d’Orsay – Esprit de France is located in an 18th-century building close to the banks of the Seine and Orsay Museum.

Rooms have a TV, electric kettle, and minibar.

93 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, France

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+ Cities and Communes on the Banks of the Seine in France

  • Le Havre
  • Rouen
  • Les Andelys
  • Vernon
  • Rosny-sur-Seine
  • Andrésy
  • Maisons-Laffitte
  • Boulogne-Billancourt
  • Le Coudray-Montceaux
  • Boissettes
  • Samois-sur-Seine
  • Thomery
  • Varennes-sur-Seine
  • Marolles-sur-Seine
  • Marnay-sur-Seine
  • Pont-sur-Seine
  • Troyes
  • Clérey
  • Fouchères
  • Bourguignons
  • Bar-sur-Seine
  • Gyé-sur-Seine
  • Mussy-sur-Seine
  • Étrochey
  • Sainte-Colombe-sur-Seine
  • Nod-sur-Seine
  • Saint-Marc-sur-Seine
  • Quemigny-sur-Seine
  • Source-Seine

Featured Photo by Maximilian Zahn

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