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


Wednesday newsletters at all times characteristic a resort or flight assessment.

At present: Evaluate of Shangri-La Lodge, Paris

The historic Shangri-La Paris, as soon as residence to Prince Roland Bonaparte (a nephew of Napoleon), is named one of many French capital’s most interesting lodges. Company can select from 100 rooms, together with 36 suites, many with a personal balcony and breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and the resort’s non-public backyard. Two connoisseur eating places provide distinctive kinds: 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 heart, and naturally lit swimming pool – completes the luxurious resort expertise.

Shangri-La Paris options in my prime 10 record of the very best luxurious lodges in Paris.

Have you ever ever stayed at Shangri-La Paris? In that case, what was your expertise? Go away a remark.

On this assessment (extra info under my YouTube video):


PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Nestled within the French capital’s residential sixteenth arrondissement, the Shangri-La Paris Lodge enjoys a very good 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 may also benefit from the treasures of the Palais Galliera, Palais de Tokyo, Museum of Man, Museum of Fashionable 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 resort is housed in a historic mansion, which was in-built 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 bought the property to the Suez Canal Financial institution Firm, which remodeled 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 Heart of International Commerce, the constructing served to welcome overseas dignitaries and focus on worldwide enterprise agreements all through the remainder of the twentieth century. The Shangri-La Lodge Group acquired the constructing in 2006 and remodeled the positioning into its first European resort.
  • Upon buying the constructing in 2006, the Shangri-La Group took instant 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 development, 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 workforce included main renovation specialists in an effort to be sure that the integrity of the unique residence was protected and restored.
  • The resort’s beautiful exterior blends the architectural kinds from each the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries referred to as “eclectic design.” The palace’s magnificent façade is impressed by the Louis XIV fashion 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, had been commissioned to carve the façade’s in eclectic fashion, that includes the household coat of arms – lion heads and antlers. Passing by the unique iron gates, company arrive on the Shangri-La Paris Lodge 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 magnificence.
  • On the within, the Shangri-La Paris Lodge stays true to the constructing’s historical past with a formidable Empire fashion decor. Bathed in historical past, the resort’s majestic foyer options excessive ceilings, refurbished marble and a grand staircase. There are a number of thoughtfully positioned alcoves on the foyer’s aspect, which supply discreet nooks for company 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 set 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 Lodge presents 100 spacious rooms together with 37 suites. South-facing and bathed in pure gentle, 40% of the rooms and 60% of the suites characteristic a direct view of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. All rooms are adorned in shades of blue, white and ecru, holding 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 personal, furnished terrace offering spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. The marble-clad rest room was geared up with two sinks, a shower tub, and separate cabins for a rainshower and bathroom. Premium Guerlain toiletries had been offered.
  • The Shangri-La Paris Lodge presents its visitor a culinary expertise in two subtle eating places:
    • Shang Palace Restaurant obtained one star within the 2012 Michelin Information and stays to this present day the solely Michelin-starred Chinese language restaurant in France. Govt Chef Samuel Lee and his brigade of 4 Hong Kong cooks guarantee its genuine culinary fashion and serve dishes which might be impressed by Southeast China’s culinary traditions.
    • Positioned beneath a powerful Nineteen Thirties-era, Eiffel-inspired metal and glass cupola, La Bauhinia is the resort’s extra informal eating venue. The menu spans Western and Southeast Asian traditional dishes, specializing in genuine conventional favorites. Signature Asian dishes embody Yam Som O (Thai pomelo salad) and Otak-Otak (filet of cod with yellow curry and coconut milk), whereas French signatures embody salmon tartar, sea bream and rock oyster, in addition to roasted saddle of milk-fed lamb
  • The resort invitations its company to attain stability and serenity at CHI, The Spa, which pulls inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La, a spot of non-public peace, enchantment and wellbeing. Spa therapies are based mostly on pure therapeutic strategies present in conventional practices shared by many Asian cultures. Positioned in what had 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 because of huge glass home windows. An out of doors terrace gives a tranquil house for company to chill out. Above the pool is a state-of-the-art health heart which options biking machines, treadmills, elliptical trainers, and Vario cardiotraining machines amongst others.
  • The resort is managed by Shangri-La Lodge & Resorts, one of many world’s main luxurious resort manufacturers. By means of nature-inspired design, pleasant culinary & cultural experiences, and its impeccable service, the model goals to presents its company a Shangri-La second. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the Shangri-La Group has grown from a single resort enterprise to a world portfolio comprising actual property and funding properties, wellness and way of life services. At present, the Group owns, operates and manages 100+ lodges underneath 4 manufacturers: Shangri-La, Kerry Inns, JEN, and Merchants. The corporate is a part of the Kuok Group, one in every of Asia’s most dynamic multinational conglomerates and a pacesetter 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 resort’s prime suites has even featured on numerous glamorous trend and journey magazines. Nonetheless, the draw back is that some rooms and suites don’t include these iconic Eiffel Tower views. The resort web site clearly states which rooms have a view and which don’t, so my recommendation is to guide the room that finest suit your style and expectations.
  • Positioned proper off of the Seine in one of the 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 outlets, eating places, and bars. Nonetheless, the property is far from the glitter of town’s Golden Triangle (the place most vacationer sights are positioned), however there’s a metro station simply steps from the resort’s entrance.
  • The Shangri-La Paris is without doubt one of the most unique 5-star lodges within the French capital, and its rooms, meals and spa providers are priced in response to its stellar status. For instance, count on to pay 42 euro per particular person for a continental breakfast (solely when breakfast is just not included within the room fee). However despite the fact that the property is very costly (and you must know that stepping into), its costs are related to what’s charged at different ultra-luxury lodges 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
  • Total expertise: distinctive 9/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Get monetary savings: get complimentary VIP perks when reserving through Virtuoso (e.g. improve, day by day breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit score; a a method airport switch with VIP meet & greet upon arrival can also be supplied for company staying in a Deluxe Suite class and above).
  • Get monetary savings: make use of Shangri-La’s finest fee assure. If you happen to discover a higher fee, the Shangri-La Lodge Group will honour that decrease fee, plus provide you with an additional 10% low cost off the decrease fee.
  • 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 Lodge & Resort, they’ll take pleasure in unique privileges and advantages throughout many various points of the group’s resort and resort choices. Golden Circle Award Factors can then be redeemed in the direction of resort stays, eating or spa experiences at any Shangri-La resort, resort, Kerry resort, Merchants resort and Lodge Jen. Factors may additionally transformed into airline miles. Learn my assessment of Golden Circle right here.
  • Room tip: E book a room with an Eiffet Tower view since that’s why you need to keep at this resort within the first place.
  • Learn my suggestions for getting ready your journey in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Paris is finest visited between April and Could (spring) or September by November (autumn), proper earlier than or immediately after {the summertime} excessive vacationer season. You’ll cope with 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 aircraft, practice or automotive. For these coming by aircraft: there are three airports in Paris: Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais. The 2 predominant airports are CDG to the north-east and Orly to the south and each airfields are properly linked to town heart, whereas Paris Beauvais airport is positioned fairly far up north and utilized by price range airways.


PHOTOS
HOTEL EXTERIOR
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HOTEL ENTRANCE
HOTEL ENTRANCE
LOBBY
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LOBBY: RECEPTION ROOM
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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
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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
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DINNER AT LA BAUHINIA RESTAURANT
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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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