The new botanically inspired Garden Wing at
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, has opened its doors.
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.
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 eleven new rooms and nine 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.
Of the 20 rooms and suites in the Garden
Wing, half overlook the imposing Art Deco-era Palais d’Iéna, while
half face the Eiffel Tower and provide 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 beautiful French capital.
Guestroom amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi
- a brand standard, 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
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.
The garden is open to visitors and guests.
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 of this most
amazing of cities.
At the lawn’s end, a pergola recalls the
terraced aesthetic of Mediterranean gardens, while monumental
Medici planters complete the grandeur of the setting.
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