Shangri-La Paris
Royal Pedigree

In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, near the Arc de Triomphe and Jardin des Tuileries, stands this aptly named hideaway in a landmark building that was once the home of Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. Following years of meticulous, historian-overseen renovations, the hotel's common areas still ring with the gilded touches of the structure's past, with grand Murano-glass chandeliers, a vaulted ceiling emblazoned with zodiac symbols, and a dramatic "Stairway of Honor" made of brass and forged steel. Guests luxuriate in serene, city- and Eiffel Tower-view accommodations decorated in an Empire style of soft blues and ecru with crystal and silk accents; bathrooms are spacious and modern. Popular with guests and discerning Parisians alike, the two on-site eateries (both Michelin-starred) blend not only the past and future in decor and service, but east and west with its award-winning cuisine; there's also a clubby bar designed to evoke one of Napoleon's cushy traveling tents, and a sumptuous afternoon tea served in a two-story rotunda.

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