Whether you’re strolling along the Seine or dining al fresco at a nearby cafe, there are plenty of amazing vantage points to enjoy the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But one location in particular unquestionably trumps all the others: the view from a suite at the Shangri-La Paris. Originally constructed in 1896, the building is the former palace of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, who lived there with his mother and daughter.
Today, the property—located in the 16th arrondissement near the Palais de Tokyo—is one of Paris’ top five-star hotels, blending traditional French décor with subtle Asian touches (the Shangri-La brand hails from Hong Kong.) It is also among the city’s most romantic accommodations: an average of three proposals occur on the property every week. That’s not toosurprising, given how luxurious yet intimate the hotel feels—and the fact that come nighttime, rooms with Tower views are treated to a spectacular light-show, which guests can view from bed.
Beyond its 101 exquisite rooms, the hotel’s amenities are equally impressive. The property has a breathtaking indoor pool, a Michelin-star restaurant and an internationally renowned spa. Plus, the service is incredible. If you forget your iPhone charger, for instance, they’ll charge your phone at the concierge and deliver it to your room at 100 percent.
Which room at the historic property is considered most sought-after among guests? We asked the Shangri-La Paris’ General Manager Stefan Bollhalder for the inside scoop.
The most requested room:
The most requested rooms are usually the Eiffel Tower View Rooms with a terrace, like room number 52.
What makes it so special:
This room has an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris. The terrace allows romantic set-ups—you can have a gastronomic dinner organized, for example. As one of the most romantic hotels in Paris, we have an average of three proposals a week that take place here.
The Eiffel Tower View Room with terrace averages $2,030 per night.
Your personal favorite:
The Imperial Suite
The Imperial Suite is very popular because of its history, as it used to be Prince Roland Bonaparte’s private apartment when he used to be master of the premises. Also, it is our biggest suite, with 18th-century furniture, high ceilings and a princess-like dressing area.
The building was the former home of Roland Bonaparte, the great nephew of Napoleon, who lived in this residence with his mother and daughter. Built in 1896, it had an eclectic style and caught the attention of Parisian socialites of the time. Descendants of the Bonaparte family still come to visit regularly.