Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Want to see Paris? You have a stunning, full-on view of its most spectacular totem from the Shangri-La Hotel, as the Eiffel Tower is right in front of the terraces and windows.
When you and your friends indulge in one of the Hotel’s utterly sumptuous Bonaparte dinners, though, the feast for the eyes is actually in the room – the former apartment of Prince Roland Bonaparte himself – because the floral display along the centre of a nine-metre long table radiates the heady scent of 19th century opulence.
The dinner is everything you’d expect from a double-Michelin-starred chef like Christophe Moret and then, with its carefully-researched history, something else again.
The four-course menu – soup, fish, meat, dessert in the grand French manner – is rich with bisques and sauces as the maître h’hotel makes his continual circuit. You’ll try such fare as coq en pate, baba bouchon, boudin blanc mushroom vol-au-vents, spiced foie-gras – all of it mouth-watering even if, perhaps, not quite vegan-friendly. To enjoy this, you need to relish the rare opportunity to be the very grandest of gourmand.
If you’re combining time in Paris with a tour of its many historic attractions your banquet room at the Shangri-La is a great place to start. Once you’ve been announced and taken your place, we guarantee you’ll adore the gilded splendour, the handmade Maison Lelievre tablecloth, the Imperial Crown porcelain, and the bee theme that pervades the room and hints at Prince Bonaparte’s passion for botany.
But you may also like to reflect on the fact that the Prince’s uncle, the great Napoleon Bonaparte himself, probably would have hated the food even if he’d felt at home in the finery. He liked his grub plain, simple lentil or potato soup, roast beef with green beans, and water to drink, and he had quite a habit of wiping his plate clean with bread…
At A Glance…
Shangri-La Hotel Paris is a beautiful hotel set right in the centre of Paris. It was originally built in 1896 as the private mansion of Napoleon’s great nephew, Roland Bonaparte.
Shangri-La Hotel Paris offers 100 rooms including 37 suites with a majority of these offering breathtaking, direct view of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. There are also three restaurants, two of them being Michelin starred and one bar.
- Paris is super accessible from the UK, with direct flights and the Eurostar operating daily enables you to be in The City of Lights in no time.
Why 360 Loves It…
- Our favourite room is the Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite, a two-level layout featuring a mezzanine and spacious living area.
- Shangri-La Hotel Paris is reviving the grand tradition of banquets with their Bonaparte Dinner in the historical setting of Prince Roland Bonaparte’s former private mansion. Guests can savour the cuisine of two Michelin starred chef Christophe Moret.
- The Bonaparte Dinners are held privately and depending on the number of guests will take place in L’Appartement Prince Bonaparte or in one of the ballrooms.