Shangri-La Paris: Inside the Paris luxury hotel that is now home to the world’s most famous debutante pup

One of the most lavish and raucous events on the high society social calendar returns after a two-year hiatus.

Le Bal des Debutantes (The Debutantes Ball) is a special, unique and spectacular event celebrating a select group of 20 young women and men from famous families, from Hollywood royalty to actual royalty from around the world. Debutantes born before celebrities include Lori Harvey, Dree Hemingway, Autumn and True Whitaker, Scout and Tallulah Willis, Ava Philippe and Lily Collins.

The event also has a charitable component, and this year Le Bal is raising money for two charities: Chef José Andrés’ World Center Kitchen in the United States and heart disease research at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris.

Founded in 1994 by Ophélie Renouard, the castle was inspired by the 18th century English tradition of introducing young ladies to high society. During the first few years of Le Bal’s history, the event was once known as the Bal de Crillon or Crillon Ball, as it was held annually at a prominent Paris hotel of the same name. But the Hotel de Crillon underwent extensive renovations over the years, and the event moved to several different hotels in Paris before settling at Shangri-La Paris, which hosted the grand event in 2018 and 2019. And this year will mark the return of the event since the pandemic began.

Shangri-La Paris is honored to be one of the few hotels in the city with the distinction of being a palace hotel by the government, signifying both its historical significance and excellence in service and hospitality above and beyond the traditional five. -star counter.

“Shangri-La is classified as a ‘historic monument’ and therefore maintains its charm and the level of sophistication needed to showcase Le Bal at its best,” says Renouard. Luck. “Also, the fact that the Shangri-La is a private venue gives it a special feel, which is a bonus for a private event like Le Bal.”

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114 years after Prince Roland Bonaparte first opened the doors of his palace to Parisian society, today the iconic building once again welcomes Parisians and world travelers within its walls.

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Since its inception in Singapore in 1971, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has more than 100 luxury hotels and resorts with more than 40,000 rooms in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. The hospitality giant is currently based here. Hong Kong.

Located in the posh 16th arrondissement of Paris, the hotel has 100 rooms and suites with enough amenities that guests may not want to leave often, despite being steps away from the Eiffel Tower and Trocadero Square, as well as many other attractions. Palais Galleria with the city’s most famous museums, including Musée Moderne, Palais de Tokyo and Musée de la Mode. (Not to mention the hotel’s 15-minute walk to some of the world’s top fashion boutiques (including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Dior) along Avenue Montaigne and Champs-Elysées.)

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Bathed in natural light, the lobby and foyer feature high ceilings and updated marble.

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But despite hosting one of the world’s most prominent public events, as well as catwalk shows each season during Paris Fashion Week, as well as the Hollywood press (named after the hotel’s premium Shangri-La Suite brand presidential suite). , offering unparalleled views of the Paris skyline)—the hotel itself has a quieter, more subdued atmosphere. It’s one of the most luxurious five-star hotels in Paris and certainly hosts celebrities, but those who don’t usually attract the attention of fans and paparazzi.

Guests feel more at ease in the lounge champagne bar or the secret cocktail bar Le Bar Botaniste. The hotel also often welcomes families and even has new panda-themed amenities for younger children, including slippers with panda emblems, a children’s book and a plush panda toy—all of which kids can take home as souvenirs.

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Today, the hotel at 10 Avenue d’Iéna is once again the address of Paris’ chic and cultured set, as it was more than a century ago.

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The main task for the staff at Shangri-La Paris is to master the art of combining the authentic presentation of Asian traditions and hospitality with the French art of living to develop a strong client base of European and American clients. The tradition of welcoming visitors from Asia.

Originally built as the home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s great-nephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, Emperor of France, it was chosen by the prince for its proximity to the Seine River and its strategic location in the center of Paris for its social scene. Under construction from 1892 to 1896, the town palace remained in the family until Bonaparte’s death in 1924, when his daughter sold it to a financial company shortly after and converted it into office space. After World War II, the state took over the building until 2005, when renovations began before it opened as the Shangri-La in 2010.

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Built as a tribute to the daughter of Prince Roland Bonaparte, the former master of the Parisian estate that now houses Shangri-La Paris, Salon Marie Bonaparte offers an intimate setting for all kinds of events, from business meetings and seminars to even birthday parties. weddings for up to 40 people for lunch or dinner.

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Throughout the hotel, guests will find a mix of French art that comes with the property, as well as paintings and other antiques from across Asia, as Shangri-La installs in its locations around the world. The most historic areas of the former Palace – the cast-iron gate on Avenue d’Iéna, the facade, the roof, the vestibules and gallery, the entrance dome, the marble staircase, the ground-level family rooms (such as the billiard room) and Roland Bonaparte’s private quarters on the second floor in 2009 were registered as national heritage objects by the initiative of the Shangri-La Group.

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With 100 rooms and suites, two restaurants, including France’s only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, as well as a cocktail bar and several historic event and reception rooms, guests can live like a prince or princess in this historic setting.

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The architectural renovation for the rooms (including 37 premium suites) is designed to blend late 19th-century French styles with modern (yet minimalist) luxury. One of the subtle themes of Shangri-La hotels is that every room should have a view, from Kowloon overlooking the Hong Kong skyline to The Shard, a skyscraper offering 360-degree views of London. At Shangri-La Paris, 40% of rooms and 60% of suites offer incredible direct views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River. And most of these rooms and suites (about half with private balconies) are large and well-appointed enough to entertain friends, family or business associates.

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Shangri-La Paris strives to create a warm atmosphere with authentic representations of two cultures: the Asian art of hospitality and the French art of living.

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But the hotel has tried to preserve historic components, with the only noticeable touches being air conditioning and a Nespresso machine that provides a backdrop for a fashion show in one of the connecting lounges.

In total, the reception and event spaces cover 850 square meters (9,150 square feet). Three connecting rooms – the Grand Salon, the Salle à Manger and the Salon de Famille – lead to the historic gallery on the first floor. The ballroom is located on Fresnel Street in the building, a spacious space with integrated audio-visual functions. Frescoes adorn the walls and the ballroom overlooks part of Prince Roland’s former stables.

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Inside the Grand Hall at the Shangri-La Paris.

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Decorated in the style of Louis XIV, the Grand Salon is the building’s main reception area for the hotel, both during the prince’s reign and today. The ballroom features two gilded wood and marble tables, two crystal chandeliers and dozens of bronze sconces (mostly all symbols covered by Napoleon Bonaparte), and a huge white marble fireplace topped with a trumeau mirror.

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Shangri-La is one of the resorts within Paris.

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The Salle à Manger, designed as a tribute to the Napoleonic era, has mahogany carvings of weapons and military trophies on the upper arches above the hall doors and on the windows opening onto the open terrace. Two large statues of eagles with spread wings take pride of place in the room. A Renaissance-inspired fireplace, topped with a two-column mantle, frames a bronze relief by Jacques-Louis-David. Napoleon crosses the Alps.

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Subtle blue tones and artistic touches give the Salon de Famille a feminine touch.

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The Salon de Famille is softer with delicate color tones and artistic touches, this room was mainly used as a residence by women during the court period. It is decorated mainly in the French Imperial style, with painted paneled walls with winged women around a medallion and a sphinx and plant globe on the ceiling.

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Located in the luxurious 16th arrondissement, steps from the Place du Trocadero, the hotel is located across the Seine opposite the Eiffel Tower.

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Shangri-La Paris says the concierge staff and events team can adapt their space to business meetings and events, from conferences to executive retreats, as the hotel’s in-ground spa, pool and fitness center can complement their work schedules with a variety of wellness activities. In addition, the hotel’s award-winning chefs are on hand to organize special gastronomic experiences at La Bauhinia, specializing in both seasonal local French produce and Asian cuisine, especially Thai food, and the best Pad Thai sin Paris and Shang. The Palace is a Chinese restaurant that Shangri-La has installed in many locations around the world. The Paris venue, run by 37-year-old Hong Kong native Samuel Lee Sum, has the distinction of being the only Chinese restaurant in France with a Michelin star.

Prices at the Shangri-La Paris start at €1,600 ($1,599) for a superior double room per night during the winter months.