|Shangri-La’s Panoramic Suite looks out over some of Paris’ most famous landmarks.|
Blame Woody Allen for filling up all the summer flights to France. His latest movie, Midnight in Paris, is so adoringly smitten with the city that Variety says “you half expect to see the Paris tourism office listed among its backers.” For clients dreaming of a glorious romp through the city that’s launched a thousand flicks (and books and songs), here are some splendid new accommodation picks.
A Princely Palace
For their first hotel in Europe, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts went the perfectionist route. They hired designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, whose artistic eye has transformed some of the finest hotels in the world, to doll up the interiors of a historical palace in the 16th arrondissement. The Hong Kong-based group had scored a prime piece of real estate in the City of Light: the former residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte (yes, a close relation to that Bonaparte) just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower.
To put things in perspective: You can’t get much closer to the monument that sparks imaginations around the world. From your roost in the penthouse Panoramic Suite, all of Paris is at your feet—a visual montage sure to inspire even the most jaded of travelers. Below, boats ply the Seine’s currents in front of the Jean Nouvel-designed Musée du Quai Branly. Other city landmarks rise above the rooftops: the Grand Palais, the Pantheon, the Notre Dame cathedral. In the distance, the otherworldly dome of Sacré-Coeur gleams from the top of Montmartre.