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Five hundred metres from the Eiffel Tower stands an opulent Parisian building that was built in 1896. There’s history here, as it was once the residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte (Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew). Today, the palatial building is now home to the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel. Much of the hotel is inspired by the building’s noble past, which is meticulously blended with modern luxury to create a chic and impressive stay in the 16th arrondissement. The Eiffel Tower views – quite possibly the city’s very best – don’t hurt, either.
Each room is uniquely designed, and many of the furnishings were custom made to accentuate the building’s history. Shades of cream, pastel blue and gold characterize nearly all of the rooms, which feel appropriately regal with their embossed silk wallpaper, stately furniture and numerous potted orchids. Over half of the rooms have a view of the Eiffel Tower, and a host of them have private balconies as well – snag one of these rooms to have your morning Nespresso with an incomparable view.
Shangri-La is home to France’s only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant; called Shang, it serves both traditional and innovative Cantonese cuisine with a fabulous assortment of dim sum. If one Michelin star isn’t enough, head to L’Abeille instead – the elegant French restaurant boasts two. For more casual dining, La Bauhinia serves every meal (in addition to brunch and afternoon tea), in a lovely dining room flooded with natural light from the enormous glass cupola overhead. Le Bar Botaniste is a stylish place to wind down the evening with a plant-inspired cocktail among the flora and absinthe fountains.
Chi, the hotel’s spa, occupies what was once the building’s stables. There you’ll find a fitness centre, a lovely pool with an outdoor terrace and an extensive menu of treatments to keep you pampered (including the much-appreciated Jet Lag Rescue Massage).
The hotel is a bit removed from the thick of things, but a nearby subway station makes exploring the city rather easy. And there’s still plenty to do nearby, especially for the art lover and history buff. The Paris Museum of Modern Art is a five -minute stroll away, while the Marmottan Monet Museum and Palais de Tokyo are also within easy walking distance. Visit one of the many other nearby museums, explore the local gastronomy and visit the Eiffel Tower for a quintessential Parisian day.
How to get here
35 minutes by road from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
101 rooms & suites