The new Shangri-La Hotel in Paris is said to be the former private residence… (Marcus Wortz )
'Tis the season to be jolly for affluent travelers headed to Paris with the opening Dec. 17 of a new Shangri-La Hotel in the capital’s tony 16th arrondissement.
The Hong Kong hotel group’s inaugural foray into the luxury European market comes two months after the Royal Monceau reopened as a Raffles hotel. (Fans of the Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental will have to wait into next year or beyond to stay at Paris outposts of those brands.)
The Shangri-La occupies what is said to be the former private townhouse of Prince Roland Bonaparte, grand nephew of Napoleon. The 19th century building underwent four years of painstaking renovations. If artisans labored to conserve the building’s classic stonework facade and wrought-iron fence, the interior exhibits touches of an Asian sensibility that reflects the chain’s antecedents.
Next door to the Musée Guimet and the Trocadéro, the Shangri-La also trades on the appeal of the Eiffel Tower across the river, which graces the view from many of the hotel’s 54 rooms and 27 suites.
The top floor’s Suite Panoramique takes in a wealth of other landmarks – Montmartre, the Grand Palais, Les Invalides, Panthéon and Notre Dame – behind 45 feet of bay windows or from its 1,000 square-foot terrace. The suite fetches more than $17,000 a night, but less breathtaking rooms start at about $1,000, or more than $1,300 for those with Eiffel Tower views.
Info: Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, (866) 565-5050. Stays may also be booked online, but only with a two-night minimum.