Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Best of a Travelife 2013: The two-storey suite of the Shangri-la Paris




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I stayed in an extraordinary number of beautiful hotels, living a Travelife in 2013.

So when I had to think about my favorite hotel room among the rooms I stayed in, in perhaps about 20 or 30 of the world's most beautiful hotels, it was a tough choice.

SOME OF THE BEST HOTEL ROOMS IN THE WORLD

The beautiful Four Seasons Serengeti
The shortlist included: 

1) A two-bedroom villa at the Four Seasons Serengeti in Tanzania
2) The historical suite of the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India 
3) A riverside villa at The Siam in Bangkok
4) A plantation villa/ suite at the Kahanda Kanda  in Sri Lanka
5) My stand-alone suite at The Alphen Boutique Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

I loved all of these hotel rooms, and I'm sure there are a couple more I've missed out on.

The reception room of the Shangri-la Paris

THE GRAND HOTELS OF PARIS

However, the winner for 2013 has got to be my beautiful two-storey suite at the Shangri-la Paris, which I stayed in last June.

I've stayed in almost all the great and grand hotels in Paris by now, and most of the these have been wonderful experiences.

A nice touch of Asian, with Japanese green tea as a choice for a welcome drink.

For my last trip to France, however, I chose the Shangri-la Paris for two reasons:

1) It's the newest grand hotel to open in Paris. It's also not very big, so it has a very private and exclusive atmosphere compared to the other hotels. Some of the other famous hotels have too many tourists coming in and out.

2) I had it on good authority that the owners and the CEO of one of the world's top luxury hotel chains (that doesn't have a hotel in Paris as of this writing) always stay there and are raving about it. They don't want to stay anywhere else now.

A FASHIONABLE AREA OF THE CITY



The Shangri-la Paris is in a very nice area of the city, near the Plaza Athenee and the George V.

It's housed in a mansion that once used to be owned by and lived in by the Bonaparte family, although not by Napoleon himself.

On my way to breakfast.
The congee at the Shangri-la Paris is the best in the city...

A ROOM WITH A VIEW

The living room of my suite at the Shangri-la Paris

The other thing I really wanted was a lovely room with an equally lovely view.

Like everyone else, there are some things I'll happily splurge on and some things I'll happily scrimp on when traveling, because most of us can never have everything we want in this world.




And two of the things I'll happily splurge on are nice hotels and good meals.

I don't need to shop up a storm when I travel, but I definitely can't stay in a lousy hotel on a never-endingly eventful Travelife.

YOU TOOK MY BREATH AWAY

Just look at how high the ceiling of my living room is...

My suite at the Shangri-la Paris was really beautiful -- the kind that takes your breath away for a moment, when you enter.

The suite consisted of two floors, and the living room was completely open so that you had two storeys of height.

Talk about a dramatic entrance.

The view from the Shangri-la Paris

In one corner was a staircase that led to the ensuite bedroom and a large walk-in closet.

It also had double exposures including a large terrace with a marvelous view -- this alone is really quite rare in Paris.

PERFECT FOR TRAVELING WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY

A very nice welcome to Paris

This suite is perfect for traveling with family or friends because you can close it up at a main entrance for two bedrooms. 

There's an adjoining bedroom connected to the suite via a long private corridor, too.

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JUST LIKE AN APARTMENT IN PARIS

Once you close the door, it's really just like a fancy apartment in the best area of Paris -- except you get great room service and the best congee breakfast in Paris.

Or perhaps the best congee breakfast vs. anywhere in Europe for that matter.

The living room of my suite


We had Parisian friends over for champagne at sunset on one evening before a very nice dinner out somewhere.

It was the perfect place to begin just another memorable night in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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