The Shangri-La Paris Will Now Open on December 17
It may not be Noël Blanc in Paris this season but it will be a bright, shiny, new one for the Shangri-La Hotel which is now set to open on December 17.
We already knew the hotel would be located in the 16th arrondissement, created out of a former residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte, nephew to Napolean. But instead of 109 rooms, the hotel will now have 81 rooms with marble baths, deep soaking tubs, walk-in showers, heated floors and, fingers crossed, free WiFi.
Also on site will be a full-service spa, swimming pool and for the warmer months, a secluded garden "re-invented" by landscape designer Louis Benech. And of course, no luxury restaurant is complete without a couple of restaurants.
Executive Chef Philippe Labbé is in charge of the hotel’s culinary division. La Bauhinia, the all-day dining restaurant and lounge in the center of the building, features a newly uncovered and restored glass cupola modelled after the Eiffel Tower. The French gourmet restaurant L’Abeille and the city’s first authentic gourmet Cantonese restaurant, Shang Palace, will open in early 2011. Chef Labbé will also oversee the cuisine for Le Bar and the former residence’s banqueting rooms.
We can't see what room rates are like because they haven't opened online booking nor have they posted photos of the hotel. There is a Facebook page
and the photo above is listed as Shangri-La Paris but that view looks a bit like a different city, no? Update: That is a snapshot of the gorgey rooms expected inside the hotel.
Nevertheless, the opening of the Shangri-La is super exciting, not just because it's in Paris, but because it's the first Shangri-La to open in Europe. We can't wait to see how the hotel "blends Asian hospitality with French art de vivre."
And remember when you stay here, you can join up for Shangri-La's new loyalty program.