Built in 1891 as the mansion of Prince Roland Bonaparte, this beautifully restored hotel highlights elements from its classical French roots, and celebrates the heritage and international flair of the Shangri-La brand through subtle Asian touches.
The most intimate of all 69 Shangri-La hotels, the Paris property was once the private home of Prince Roland Bonaparte, the grand-nephew of Napoleon. Built in 1896, the restored palace has Empire-style interiors by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon (who worked on another little Paris hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel George V).
With 100 rooms, including 37 suites, the hotel’s most lavish quarters are rather difficult to choose. La Suite Imperiale was Roland’s private apartment and maintains opulent original moldings and high ceilings. It has a private dressing room and a balcony overlooking the Place d’lena. Then there’s La Suite Panoramique, with a huge wraparound terrace capturing sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine.
Located near the Trocadero in the 16th arrondissement, Shangri-La Paris is just a short walk to the popular Christmas Market in the Jardins du Trocadero — a little holiday village with over a hundred stalls selling food and trinkets through December. Of course, in warmer months, you’ll want to spend time in the hotel’s own private gardens, designed by a star urban landscaper who’s also worked on the Tuileries and Trianon Palace. The gardens has 1,500 plants, including “Asian exotic” and rare species, inspired by Prince Roland’s own love of botany (he kept the world’s largest private herbarium, later relocated to Lyon).