Shangri-La was a brand we were only vaguely familiar with, and while not inexpensive, it was offering what seemed to be the best value for a larger suite in Paris. We were overwhelmed positively and had one of the overall finest hotel experiences of our lives. (Think Singapore Air meets Ritz Carlton)
We tend to use Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons as the standard of comparison for other hotels and this property stands up very favorably to any comparison. First, let me put a concern we had to rest...while Shangri-La is largely an Asian based brand, this hotel exudes classic Paris chic and doesn't present itself as Asian styled in any regard. (Not that we are opposed to that style, we love it in certain places but it didn't feel right for Paris) The common areas are richly luxurious, beautifully architecturally with elegant styling...quite impressive but immediately comfortable at the same time.
The rooms and overall property have more of a Ritz Carlton classic style as opposed to a more transitional Four Seasons style. The room itself exceeded any RC room in terms of style, fit and finish. The attention to detail was quite amazing, from the furniture, to the beveled marble, the carpet and other soft materials, lighting and of course, the bathroom...large, spacious and very luxurious. I can't stress enough the quality of the room and the extent to which we were impressed.
The staff is what you would expect from any world-class five-star property...expect everyone to know you by name from hour one, to be incredibly helpful at every opportunity and to seemingly all love their jobs and employer! The concierge desk was everything you would expect and then some.
We only dined at the hotel for breakfast, which was superb in every regard. Room service was perfect, having never waited more than 20 minutes. The bar, while smallish, was classic in design and feel. The gym was adequate, probably quite good by European standards but we did not try the spa while we were there. There is a beautiful indoor pool inlaid with mosaic tile...quite beautiful and never more than a couple of people utilizing it.
We stayed in a split-level suite which was very spacious and had a very pleasing view of a large, beautifully sculpted garden courtyard along with a partial view the the Eiffel Tower. My only caution with this room layout would be the stairs, they are small, circular and steep.
The location is perfect, easy walking to the Eiffel Tower (5 minutes), the Louvre (25 minutes) shopping at Avenue Montaigne and Champs-Élysées (25 minutes) and many other must-visit locations. Car service was always prompt when required.
Overall an amazing hotel experience, we are quite glad that we took a chance on the Shangri-La and can't imagine staying any place else in Paris. We also look forward to visiting other Shangri-La properties...we really were that impressed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 101 rooms and suites, three restaurants, one Bar and four events and reception rooms, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris cultivates a warm and authentic ambience, drawing the best from two cultures: the Asian art of hospitality and the French art of living. ... more less
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