The French capital has no shortage of luxury hotels and the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is a relative new-comer to that exclusive collection. Opened in 2010, the property was the first for the Hong Kong-based luxury hotelier. The location is quite perfect, both geographically (in the fashionable 16th) and historically (housed in a former royal palace). The hotel was carefully created within what was the palace of Roland Bonaparte, the grand nephew of Napoleon. With a perfect location almost directly across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, most of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer postcard views of the iconic structure.
The hotel has two beyond-fantastic, over-the-top signature suites, considered the best (and most expensive) in Paris. La Suite Imperial is an explosion in Second Empire style and design, created within and recreating what was Prince Bonaparte’s vast private apartment and living space. The other suite, La Suite Shangri-La, is a modern apartment in the sky, taking up most of the hotel’s roof space on the 7th floor. Here’s a tour of that beautiful suite.
The suite’s best feature is a spacious terrace, with the Eiffel Tower towering above you and the city laid out in front of you. Aside from being the best suite in the city to stay in, it’s also very popular as a place to host parties and events.
The suite delivers the view throughout all the living areas with floor-to-ceiling windows. You can see the Eiffel Tower from the living room, from the bed and from the bathtub as well.
Beyond that 1,000 square foot terrace, there’s another 3,000 square feet of stylish interior space to enjoy. Desgined by hotel master designer Pierre Yves-Rochon, the Shangri-La Suite offers a much more modern design than the Second Empire style Imperial Suite. The space feels more like a very cool Paris apartment, than a hotel suite.
Aside from the wonderful Shangri-La service, guests have some delicious dining options in the hotel. There’s a fancy, two-Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant, L’Abeille and a very cool Euro-Asian spot called La Bauhinia. Finally, there is Shang Palace, the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in France.