The Shangri-La Hotel Paris is housed in the former private mansion house of Roland Bonaparte.
The building was constructed in 1896 for Prince Roland Bonaparte where he resided with his family. Shangri-La group took it over in 2006 to restore its historic décor and detail.
It took four years to construct, as it exemplified the 17th and 19th centuries and inspired by the Louis XIV style. Steiner and Houguenade sculpted the family coat of arms, lion heads and antlers in the building. The foyer of the hotel still shows the zodiac symbols painted on the ceiling and the billiard room (the Lounge of the hotel), showing Greco-Roman design. As you can understand, Shangri-La went through rigorous efforts to preserve the French heritage of the building.
Architect Richard Martinet and interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon guided a team for four years (the same amount of time it took to construct the building) to restore and protect the original design and intent. Most of the original rooms are still in the hotel, just used for different purposes: the billiard room, the waiting room, Bonaparte’s private living quarters, the stairway of honour- all are a part of the Shangri-La Paris.
The Suite Impériale, the former private apartment of Roland Bonaparte, is the most luxurious of this 5-star establishment. For Eiffel Tower enthusiasts, the Eiffel Premier bedrooms offer a unique view of the most famous monument in Paris. The historic building was redesigned by the architect Richard Martinet and decorated in the Empire style by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. The interior garden is the work of landscape architect Louis Benech.
Led by chef Philippe Labbé, the palace willoffer three restaurants with a gastronomic dining room serving French cuisine, L’Abeille (seats 48), a Cantonese restaurant, Shang Palace (seats 106) and La Bauhinia a 24hr/24 lounge restaurant under the great 19th-century glass roof (seats 78).
A palace has to have its spa and Le Shangri-La offers its guests a well-being space with beauty treatment rooms, fitness room open 24/24 with the possibility of a personal coach, and a 16-metre-long swimming pool that will open at the end of 2012. As well as its elegant bedrooms, equipped with the latest technology and the quality of its service that has given Shangri-La its outstanding reputation in Asia, the palace also seeks to be in a class of its own by its location close to the Étoile and the Champs-Élysées.