Paris: A wedding and honeymoon dream come true
In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in one of Paris' most beloved neighbourhoods the exquisite Shangri-la Hotel occupies an elegant 1896 palace that was once home to Prince Roland Bonaparte the emperor Napoleon's grand-nephew.
After undergoing a four-year renovation, designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and his craftsmen restored this palatial property to its former glory. Passing through original iron gates, guests arrive in a small, protected courtyard under a restored glass porte cochère.
Two Ming Dynasty inspired vases flank the entryway and set the tone from the outset for Asia-meets Paris elegance. Bathed in natural light, the hotel lobby features high ceilings and refurbished marble while imperial insignias and ornate monograms of the Bonaparte family integrated into the architecture, are complemented with Asian influence in the decor.
The swimming pool at Shangri-la
The grand curved staircase is a definite showstopper with a cast iron and marble stairs. A discovery took place upon renovating the dropped ceiling of a conference room, revealing a magnificent glass and steel structure embedded in the rooftop. Most bedrooms and suites have access to a balcony or terrace offering stunning views.
All rooms complimented by rich textured fabrics and velvets feature refrigerators, minibars, and espresso makers along with relaxing touches in bathrooms including rainfall showers, deep soaking tubs, designer toiletries and bathrobes. Guests can dine at three impressive Michelin-starred restaurants Shang Palace, La Bauhinia & two star "L’Abeille" where executive chef Christophe Moret offers mouth watering French Haute Cuisine with subtle & delicate flavours.
Dream Wedding & Honeymoon Destination
Shangri-la Paris is also a magical setting to hold your dream wedding managing to blend oriental design with classic French decor. Three superb signature suites are perfect for intimate receptions. The hotel has four reception rooms that can be fully privatised to host up to 500 people for a cocktail reception, 280 people for a sit-down dinner and 150 people for a dance party.
The dining room at Shangri-la
Its first-floor terrace with a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower – possibly one of the finest in Paris – can also be made available for private functions. "Chi" the spa at Shangri-la has a 15-metre-long swimming pool and treatments to pamper the bride and groom in preparation for the big day.
A number of personalized options are also available including arranging the bridal bouquet and groom’s buttonhole to bridal party beauty services (makeup, hair & manicure). A dedicated wedding consultant and staff with a flair for French- Asian hospitality are at your service throughout the event. For your dream honeymoon after the ceremony in Paris the Shangri-la team will work with you to craft every unforgettable detail in the most romantic city in the world.
Romance On Your Doorstep
The property is centrally located in the 16th arrondissement, just minutes from the Place des Etats-Unis, the Place d’Iéna and the Place du Trocadero, on the Chaillot Hill. The Triangle d’Or, the Champs Elysées, and a myriad of luxury boutiques and museums are also just a stone’s throw away. Art lovers will enjoy the treasures of the Palais Galliera, Palais de Tokyo, Museum of Man, Museum of Modern Art and the Marmottan Monet Museum. Now the most luxurious palace hotel in the French capital, Shangri-La Paris flawlessly combines French "joie de vivre" with world standard Asian hospitality. For best rates visit shangri-la.com/paris.
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Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio