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Shangri-La Paris

Address: 10 Avenue d’Iena

Neighborhood: 16th Arrondissement

City: Paris

Phone: 011-33-1-53-67-19-98

Website: www.shangri-la.com/paris

Expert Review

Paris has its fair share of top-notch luxury hotels, but there’s a newcomer that is giving the grand dames a run for their money. The December 2010 opening of Shangri-La Paris marked the Hong Kong-based luxury brand’s first foray into Europe, with a decidedly French twist. The posh new hotel, formerly home to Prince Roland Bonaparte (Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew), is located in the tony 16th arrondissement near the bustling Place du Trocadero. Originally built in 1896, the riverside mansion has been painstaking restored to its former glory by architect Richard Martinet and its interiors reimagined by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, featuring a mixture of traditional Louis XV décor with modern Asian accents. Many of the 81 rooms (including 27 suites) feature stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine, and all have marble bathrooms with heated floors, soaking tubs and rain showers, and Bvlgari’s white tea bath products. For a true splurge (and the best view in the house), the 2,420-square-foot Shangri-La Suite has walls of windows overlooking the Eiffel Tower, a private dining room, a Jacuzzi, and a 1,000-square-foot wrap around terrace. Assuming you don’t stay in your room the entire stay, there are two top-notch restaurants (plus the Asian-inspired Shang Palace slated to open summer 2011), a cocktail bar manned by Christophe Leger (the former head barman at the Ritz), and a series of gilt-encrusted private salons and banquet rooms that could be lifted straight from Versailles. An extensive fitness center and spa are slated to open in fall 2011.

Tags: luxury | expensive | spa | views | hotel restaurant | hotel bar

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