Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
10 avenue d’Iéna
T: (33 1) 53 67 19 91
They were fully booked when I was there, but I'd love to stay here on a future trip to Paris. The hotel is located at one of the best areas; in the 16th arrondissement within distance of Trocadero and across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. Most of the rooms/suites have AMAZING views! Perfect for a romantic getaway in Paris.
Before I go any further, here's a bit of interesting history about the hotel:
It was originally built in 1896 as the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte; the grand nephew of Napoleon. Years and years later, Shangri-La acquired the building and spent four years to renovate and restore it. They ensured that the integrity of the original home was preserved. The hotel officially opened its doors in December 2010, becoming the first Shangri-La hotel of Europe.
The lavish interiors are reminiscent of the Bonaparte family. If you observe closely you can see their imperial insignias and ornate monograms incorporated into the details.
THE SERVICE: As you can usually expect with any upscale restaurant, the service was excellent. The servers were very friendly, attentive, efficient and knowledgeable about the menu. The food also arrived very quickly, with the waitress explaining every dish as they came.
THE COST: €€€€
A bit on the pricey side, it would be difficult to spend less than €100 ($130) per person on a three-course meal; wine, tax, and tip excluded.
Here are a few photos I took during the small tour I got after lunch.
Le Bar; cozy and elegant. I LOVED the horse paintings.
Walking around the salons/ballrooms, I felt like I was touring a grand palace like Versailles.