Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, aruguably the most luxurious, beautiful hotel in Paris, has been awarded the covered “Palace Status” less than four years after its opening. As a “Palace Hotel”, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris joins the prestigious circle of Parisian “Palaces”. Established in 2010, the Palace status is designed to award official recognition to the finest five-star hotels that have exceptional qualities embodying French standards of excellence and contributing to enhancing the image of France throughout the world.
The members of the Atout France jury (France Tourism Development Agency) were captivated by the soul, history and character of Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, which was constructed in 1896 by Prince Roland Bonaparte, who was the Emperor’s grand-nephew. During the time the Prince lived in the palace, the aristocracy and upper classes gathered with men of letters and scientists in this majestic setting, that honored the Bonaparte family. Having undergone complete refurbishment and enhancement by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts from 2006 to 2010, the Prince’s residence is now listed with the French institution, “Monuments Historiques”.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris offers an incomparable fusion of Asian hospitality and French “art de vivre”, and a unique position in Paris, located just across the Seine and a few steps from the Eiffel Tower. The majority of the hotel’s 101 rooms and suites offers breath-taking views of Paris’ sights.
The hotel’s three restaurants are among the best culinary addresses in the capital: “L’Abeille” the French gastronomic restaurant with two Michelin starred Chef Philippe Labbé; “Shang Palace” the only Chinese restaurant in France awarded one Michelin Star; and “La Bauhinia” (see photo below), the beating heart of the hotel with its French and Asian fusion cuisine.
The Shangri-La’s breathtaking spa is a haven of tranquillity right in the heart of Paris, boasting relaxing treatment rooms, a 16-meter (52.5-foot) pool drenched in natural light (the largest hotel pool in Paris) and state-of-the-art fitness facilities.
The property also boasts historic banqueting and function spaces, all blessed with daylight and covering a total area of 550-square-meters (5,920-square-feet), reminding guests of the magnificent receptions hosted by Prince Roland Bonaparte at the end of the 19th century.
“I would like to thank the Atout France jury members for exalting Shangri-La Hotel, Paris to the position of an exceptional hotel embodying French excellence and elevating France’s prestige on the world stage,” says Stefan Bollhalder, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. “This distinction constitutes a fitting reward for the staff teams who toil day after day to ensure our clientele’s well-being, under the guidance of the five key values of Shangri-La: humility, respect, courtesy, generosity of heart and sincerity.”
The Shangri-La Hotel, Paris offers 81 elegant rooms including 27 suites decorated by renowned interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. With a classical French style and elegant tones of blue, gold and cream, each room preserves the charm of a high-class private Parisian residence. Most rooms and suites have access to a balcony or a private terrace and offer stunning views of the city, the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine.
The hotel’s beautifully appointed suites range from 55 to 125 square meters and each offers a spacious layout of separate rooms. The suites are decorated in a warm French style with noble fabrics, natural wood and marquetry for a true residential feel. From the Eiffel Suites, guests can admire the French capital, starting with a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is centrally located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, just minutes from the Place des Etats-Unis, the Place d’Iéna and the Place du Trocadero, on the Chaillot Hill.
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