Review: Shangri-La Hotel, Paris – the Luxury Travel Expert

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As we speak: Assessment of Shangri-La Resort, Paris

The historic Shangri-La Paris, as soon as residence to Prince Roland Bonaparte (a nephew of Napoleon), is called one of many French capital’s best resorts. Friends can select from 100 rooms, together with 36 suites, many with a non-public balcony and breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and the lodge’s non-public backyard. Two gourmand eating places provide distinctive types: La Bauhinia is nice for informal fare, whereas Cantonese dishes are served at Michelin-starred Shang Palace. Chi, The Spa – with its therapy rooms, health middle, and naturally lit swimming pool – completes the luxurious lodge expertise.

Shangri-La Paris options in my high 10 checklist of the perfect luxurious resorts in Paris.

Have you ever ever stayed at Shangri-La Paris? If that’s the case, what was your expertise? Depart a remark.

On this evaluation (extra data under my YouTube video):


PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Nestled within the French capital’s residential sixteenth arrondissement, the Shangri-La Paris Resort enjoys a excellent location on Chaillot Hill throughout the Seine, dealing with the Eiffel Tower and a stone’s throw from Place du Trocadero. The realm across the property has one of many highest concentrations of museums in Europe. Simply steps away, the famend Guimet Museum presents Paris’ most intensive everlasting assortment of Asian artwork. Artwork lovers will even benefit from the treasures of the Palais Galliera, Palais de Tokyo, Museum of Man, Museum of Trendy Artwork and the Marmottan Monet Museum, all inside strolling distance. To not be forgotten, the distinguished Avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysées are a brief stroll away.
  • The lodge is housed in a historic mansion, which was inbuilt 1896 as the house of Prince Roland Bonaparte, a grandnephew of the French emperor Napoleon. After Prince Roland Bonaparte handed away on the age of 66, his daughter Princess Marie offered the property to the Suez Canal Financial institution Firm, which reworked the palace into luxurious residences, including two storeys and a cupola over the bottom flooring, impressed by the work of Gustave Eiffel. Acquired in 1944 by the French Middle of International Commerce, the constructing served to welcome international dignitaries and focus on worldwide enterprise agreements all through the remainder of the twentieth century. The Shangri-La Resort Group acquired the constructing in 2006 and reworked the location into its first European lodge.
  • Upon buying the constructing in 2006, the Shangri-La Group took quick steps to register the constructing with Monuments Historiques, demonstrating the group’s understanding of and respect for the historic and cultural significance of the previous residence to Paris and to France. The 4 years spanning the renovation challenge, the identical period of time taken for the constructing’s unique building, are testomony to each the dimensions and the painstaking element the group dedicated to restoring the constructing. Underneath the steerage of architect Richard Martinet and inside designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the renovation crew included main renovation specialists to be able to be sure that the integrity of the unique residence was protected and restored.
  • The lodge’s beautiful exterior blends the architectural types from each the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries generally known as “eclectic design.” The palace’s magnificent façade is impressed by the Louis XIV model with intricate masonry of stone from L’Oise. Sculptors Steiner and Houguenade, who additionally rose to fame for his or her craftsmanship on the Louvre and the Tuileries Palaces, have been commissioned to carve the façade’s in eclectic model, that includes the household coat of arms – lion heads and antlers. Passing by the unique iron gates, visitors arrive on the Shangri-La Paris Resort in a small, protected courtyard underneath the restored glass porte cochere. Two Ming Dynasty impressed vases flank the entryway and set the tone from the outset for Asia-meets-Paris class.
  • On the within, the Shangri-La Paris Resort stays true to the constructing’s historical past with a formidable Empire model decor. Bathed in historical past, the lodge’s majestic foyer options excessive ceilings, refurbished marble and a grand staircase. There are a number of thoughtfully positioned alcoves on the foyer’s facet, which supply discreet nooks for visitors to seek the advice of with Shangri-La personnel (e.g. concierge and check-in space). Imperial insignias and ornate monograms of Prince Roland Bonaparte, subtly built-in into the design, are complemented with Asian affect. In entrance of the reception room are a group of meticulously restored salons which operate as a lounge and look as in the event that they could possibly be straight out of the Palace of Versailles.
  • The Shangri-La Paris Resort presents 100 spacious rooms together with 37 suites. South-facing and bathed in pure mild, 40% of the rooms and 60% of the suites characteristic a direct view of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. All rooms are embellished in shades of blue, white and ecru, protecting each European Empire and Asian aesthetics. Throughout my go to, I used to be upgraded to a Terrace Eiffel Tower Room on the fifth flooring, which featured an outsized bed room (with the most important mattress I’ve ever slept in), a walk-in closet, and a non-public, furnished terrace offering spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. The marble-clad rest room was outfitted with two sinks, a shower tub, and separate cabins for a rainshower and bathroom. Premium Guerlain toiletries have been offered.
  • The Shangri-La Paris Resort presents its visitor a culinary expertise in two refined eating places:
    • Shang Palace Restaurant obtained one star within the 2012 Michelin Information and stays to today the solely Michelin-starred Chinese language restaurant in France. Government Chef Samuel Lee and his brigade of 4 Hong Kong cooks guarantee its genuine culinary model and serve dishes which are impressed by Southeast China’s culinary traditions.
    • Positioned beneath an impressive Thirties-era, Eiffel-inspired metal and glass cupola, La Bauhinia is the lodge’s extra informal eating venue. The menu spans Western and Southeast Asian traditional dishes, specializing in genuine conventional favorites. Signature Asian dishes embrace Yam Som O (Thai pomelo salad) and Otak-Otak (filet of cod with yellow curry and coconut milk), whereas French signatures embrace salmon tartar, sea bream and rock oyster, in addition to roasted saddle of milk-fed lamb
  • The lodge invitations its visitors to attain steadiness and serenity at CHI, The Spa, which pulls inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La, a spot of non-public peace, enchantment and wellbeing. Spa remedies are primarily based on pure therapeutic strategies present in conventional practices shared by many Asian cultures. Positioned in what have been as soon as Prince Roland Bonaparte’s stables, the spa can also be residence to a magnificent indoor swimming pool, which is  bathed in pure daylight due to monumental glass home windows. An out of doors terrace offers a tranquil area for visitors to calm down. Above the pool is a state-of-the-art health middle which options biking machines, treadmills, elliptical trainers, and Vario cardiotraining machines amongst others.
  • The lodge is managed by Shangri-La Resort & Resorts, one of many world’s main luxurious lodge manufacturers. Via nature-inspired design, pleasant culinary & cultural experiences, and its impeccable service, the model goals to presents its visitors a Shangri-La second. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the Shangri-La Group has grown from a single lodge enterprise to a worldwide portfolio comprising actual property and funding properties, wellness and way of life services. As we speak, the Group owns, operates and manages 100+ resorts underneath 4 manufacturers: Shangri-La, Kerry Inns, JEN, and Merchants. The corporate is a part of the Kuok Group, one in all Asia’s most dynamic multinational conglomerates and a frontrunner in properties, logistics, agribusiness, maritime and hospitality.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW
  • Greater than half of the rooms and suites at Shangri-La Paris have a direct view of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine (and a few lodging include a terrace or balcony). The Eiffel Tower view from the lodge’s high suites has even featured on numerous glamorous style and journey magazines. Nonetheless, the draw back is that some rooms and suites don’t include these iconic Eiffel Tower views. The lodge web site clearly states which rooms have a view and which don’t, so my recommendation is to ebook the room that finest suit your style and expectations.
  • Positioned proper off of the Seine in probably the most costly neighborhoods of town, the property is a brief stroll from the Eiffel Tower and a 15 min stroll to the Champs-Élysées and loads of retailers, eating places, and bars. Nonetheless, the property is far from the glitter of town’s Golden Triangle (the place most vacationer points of interest are situated), however there’s a metro station simply steps from the lodge’s entrance.
  • The Shangri-La Paris is likely one of the most unique 5-star resorts within the French capital, and its rooms, meals and spa providers are priced in response to its stellar status. For instance, anticipate to pay 42 euro per particular person for a continental breakfast (solely when breakfast will not be included within the room charge). However although the property is very costly (and you need to know that moving into), its costs are comparable to what’s charged at different ultra-luxury resorts in Paris.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 9/10
  • Design: 10/10
  • Pool: 9/10
  • Rooms: 9/10
  • Meals: 8/10
  • Breakfast: 9/10
  • Spa: 9/10
  • Service: 9/10
  • Worth for cash: 8/10
  • General expertise: distinctive 9/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Get monetary savings: get complimentary VIP perks when reserving by way of Virtuoso (e.g. improve, day by day breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD lodge credit score; a a technique airport switch with VIP meet & greet upon arrival can also be supplied for visitors staying in a Deluxe Suite class and above).
  • Get monetary savings: make use of Shangri-La’s finest charge assure. When you discover a higher charge, the Shangri-La Resort Group will honour that decrease charge, plus offer you an additional 10% low cost off the decrease charge.
  • Get monetary savings: Golden Circle is Shangri-La’s frequent visitor program. Each time a visitor stays, enjoys a spa therapy or dines at any Shangri-La Resort & Resort, they are going to take pleasure in unique privileges and advantages throughout many various features of the group’s lodge and resort choices. Golden Circle Award Factors can then be redeemed in direction of lodge stays, eating or spa experiences at any Shangri-La lodge, resort, Kerry lodge, Merchants lodge and Resort Jen. Factors may transformed into airline miles. Learn my evaluation of Golden Circle right here.
  • Room tip: Guide a room with an Eiffet Tower view since that’s why you wish to keep at this lodge within the first place.
  • Learn my ideas for getting ready your journey in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Paris is finest visited between April and Might (spring) or September by November (autumn), proper earlier than or straight after {the summertime} excessive vacationer season. You’ll take care of fewer vacationers, take pleasure in considerably delicate temperatures (town’s climate is notoriously finicky), and in addition expertise Paris because the locals do, at its laid-back finest.


HOW TO GET THERE

Paris can simply be reached by airplane, practice or automotive. For these coming by airplane: there are three airports in Paris: Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais. The 2 principal airports are CDG to the north-east and Orly to the south and each airfields are properly related to town middle, whereas Paris Beauvais airport is situated fairly far up north and utilized by funds airways.


PHOTOS
HOTEL EXTERIOR
HOTEL EXTERIOR
HOTEL EXTERIOR
HOTEL EXTERIOR
HOTEL ENTRANCE
HOTEL ENTRANCE
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY: RECEPTION ROOM
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
GUEST ROOM FLOOR
GUEST ROOM FLOOR
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
TERRACE EIFFEL TOWER ROOM
GYM
GYM
CHI, THE SPA
CHI, THE SPA
CHI, THE SPA
CHI, THE SPA
CHI, THE SPA
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL: OUTDOOR TERRACE
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL: OUTDOOR TERRACE
HOTEL GARDEN
HOTEL GARDEN
SHANG PALACE AT SHANGRI-LA PARIS
SHANG PALACE AT SHANGRI-LA PARIS
LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
BREAKFAST AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
BREAKFAST AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
BREAKFAST AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
BREAKFAST AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
BREAKFAST AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
BREAKFAST AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
BREAKFAST AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
BREAKFAST AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT

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