The new botanically inspired Garden Wing
at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris has opened its doors, welcoming guests to experience
an exceptional ode to nature and elegance.
Located next to the 19th century hôtel
particulier originally commissioned by Prince Roland Bonaparte, the Garden
Wing features a beautifully landscaped French garden in its inner courtyard,
with the Eiffel Tower as an incomparable backdrop.
The garden, which sits adjacent to the
hotel’s two-star gastronomic restaurant L’Abeille, run by Executive Chef
Philippe Labbé, is open to visitors and guests. An inspired composition of
flowers and plants makes Shangri-La Hotel, Paris’ garden truly rare among Paris
Created as an extension of the hotel’s
main building, the Garden Wing is directly accessible from the hotel’s lobby. The
wing’s landmark façade blends seamlessly with the main building, perfectly
complementing its architecture and wrought-iron details. With this addition,
the hotel offers 11 new rooms and 9 suites arranged over five floors, bringing
the hotel’s total room count to 101. On each of these floors, rooms and suites
may be combined to form spacious private apartments.
As is typical of Haussmannian buildings in
Paris, the guestrooms on the lower floors of the wing have exceptionally high
ceilings and large windows that optimise natural light. Elegant furnishings and noble materials, such
as precious woods, exclusive fabric prints and a curated selection of Asian
art, harmonise with the serenity of the garden outside.
Of the 20 rooms and suites in the Garden
Wing, half overlook the imposing Art Deco-era Palais d’Iéna, while half faces
the Eiffel Tower and provides an enchanting view of the hotel’s private garden.
For each space, internationally acclaimed designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has
created a décor that reflects the house’s imperial inspiration, spirit and
style, evoking the elegance of a private Parisian apartment. An elevator set
within the building’s handsome, original oak staircase leads to the upper
floors, where guestrooms, and even some bathtubs, enjoy one of the best views
of the Eiffel Tower available in the French capital. Guestroom amenities
include complimentary Wi-Fi, ample dressing room/boudoirs and generous closet
space featuring automatic motion-sensitive lighting technology, bathrooms with
separate bath and shower, fogless mirrors with integrated flat screen TVs and
heated marble floors.
Set in what used to be the private home of
a member of Parisian’s high society, the Garden Suite and the Garden room on
the first floor share a semi-circular terrace overlooking the gardens. Ideal
for apéritifs or dinner on a summer evening, this area is beautifully bordered
by flowers, such as camellia sasanqua.
At the heart of the newly reconfigured hotel
lies a beautiful and unique garden à la française which occupies the entire
inner courtyard. A stunning stylistic exercise in symmetry and perspective, the
garden stretches the full length of the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant,
L’Abeille, all the way to the opposite street. Landscaped by French Architectures & Scènes d’Exterieur agency
in homage to Prince Bonaparte, a noted botanist in his day, the garden’s
perimeter is planted with exotic and flowering trees – among them are Japanese
maple, Persian ironwood, shadbush and eucalyptus. Like living embroidery, lush, sculpted
topiary, evergreens and trellises provide additional visual structure. Colourful
seasonal trees, such as rosebushes, mimosa, jasmine and magnolia, are
interspersed with plants and other shrubs to create a distinctive yet
harmonious oasis in the middle of Paris. At the lawn’s end, a pergola recalls
the terraced aesthetic of Mediterranean gardens, while monumental Medici
planters complete the grandeur of the setting.
Thanks to its new wing and garden, Shangri-La Hotel Paris has blossomed
into its full splendor.