Shangri-La Hotel Paris: Former Palace of Napoleon’s Grand Nephew
A Night in the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
If you scan the Internet for the most romantic city in the world, Paris is quite likely to be at the top of most lists.
And if you’re looking for the most romantic city in the world for a special romantic getaway, then we figure you might as well stay in a palace once owned by Prince Roland Bonaparte (Napoleon’s grand nephew), with a view like this from your hotel. Agree?
Carol and I were fortunate to spend a night in the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris for a night during our recent visit to Paris. We were suppose to spend two nights, but weather in the U.S. delayed our trip a day. 🙁
Also, when we arrived, the hotel was completely sold out, so they decided to put us up for the night in the La Suite Impériale, a 3,000 sq.ft space that once was Prince Roland Bonaparte’s private apartment inside this massive palace. Unquestionably, the finest hotel room we’ve ever experienced. More on that later…
The first thing you should know about Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is that less than four years after its opening, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris has been awarded the coveted “Palace status”, which enables the hotel to join the prestigious circle of Parisian “Palaces”. Established in 2010, the Palace status is designed to award official recognition to the finest 5-star hotels that have exceptional qualities embodying French standards of excellence and contributing to enhancing the image of France throughout the world.
A fabulous 5-star hotel with “Palace Status” to boot!
First impressions were very high when we pulled up to the front door. As this was formerly Prince Bonaparte’s residential palace, it sits in a historic residential district that was hand selected by the prince for its proximity to the Seine and its strategic location at the heart of Paris’ most exciting urban and social scenes. Plus, for today’s tourists, the Eiffel Tower is readily visible, and within walking distance.
The other impression that was immediately noticeable was an unspoken, fanatical attention to detail that belied pretentiousness, but yet seemed to whisper, “you’re going to have a fabulous and luxurious stay in our very special hotel”.
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.
For the exclusive use of its guests, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, offers a fitness centre with the possibility of a personalized coach during the day. Guests can enjoy an in-room relaxing spa experience until the opening of the Wellness Area. The hotel features a 24-hour gymnasium, which is accessible with your room key from 6am to 10pm. A 16-metre indoor swimming pool with natural day-light and an outdoor teak patio.
Keep reading, we have fabulous complimentary VIP perks available for your stay!
Restaurants and Bars
At Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, diversity and quality come together to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Guests can opt for a casual dining experience under a stunning glass cupola at La Bauhinia, a French gourmet dinner at L’Abeille, which was honored with 2 stars in the Michelin Guide 2013, or an authentic Chinese culinary journey at the first Shang Palace signature restaurant in Europe, awarded 1 star in the Michelin Guide 2013.
We enjoyed an absolutely fabulous dining experience at L’Abeille which we’ll share with you in a separate post. Just take a peek at my photograph to the right and this is certain to give you an idea of the quality of the dining experience available. Magnifique! (link to dining review)
Le Bar, with its authentic Empire décor, offers guests the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from its extensive cellar. Open from afternoon to late evening, Le Bar is an ideal place for brief business or leisure meetings with its comfortable private lounges.
The Shangri-La, Paris is the very first Shangri-La property opened in all of Europe. And here we found a magical blend of Asian hospitality with all of the Savior faire of the French.
We’ve enjoyed many fabulous hotels in our travels, but the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris has climbed right up into our top five hotel experiences. Absolutely fabulous in every way. We highly recommend a stay!
Let us book your stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
When you book your stay through our travel agency, Roaming Boomers Travel Services, we have complimentary perks to bring your way through our affiliation with Virtuoso®, the world’s leading international luxury travel agency network.
Plus, when you book your stay with us, you won’t pay a penny more than if you make the reservation yourself.
So here’s the $64,000 question: if you aren’t paying anything more for your stay, and we bring you our expertise and complimentary VIP amenities, why on earth would you consider trying to book this experience on your own?
Complimentary VIP Amenities
Take a peek at the complimentary VIP amenities we have for you when you book your stay with us:
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Complimentary American Breakfast for up to two in-room guests daily
- 85 euros food credit per room per stay (equal to 100 USD, not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- VIP Welcome Amenities
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Plus, at various times, the hotel has offered our guests complimentary fourth night stays!
To book your stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, or to get your questions answered, call us at (480) 550-1235, or use our convenient online information request by clicking the red button below.
Disclosure: our stay was provided by the kind folks at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. The Roaming Boomers maintains all publishing control and we’re happy to share our experiences with you without interference. We call ’em as we see ’em. Note: photographs, except were noted, were provided by the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris.
Oh, here’s a photograph of Carol enjoying our fabulous suite, the former personal residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte. Pretty nice, huh?
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