Oh la la it’s the Shangri La

The Antiques Diva in Paris

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 80px; line-height: 70px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>It’s a tough job… but somebody has to do it! It’s my obligation to know what’s chic in Paris and I’m aghast to confess I missed the Grand Opening event of the new Shangri La in Paris last year. My job leading antique tours meant I was booked elsewhere, perhaps a custom tour in Madrid or maybe it was London… I forget now, but the point is the Shangri La is the hottest thing to hit Paris since Coco stepped out in a little black dress and I hadn’t yet been to it! Needless to say I had to remedy the situation. You know I love the Ritz in Paris, considering it the ultimate Parisian institution and I’ve got some shocking news – the Ritz is closing its doors for a year long renovation. Rumor has it that the competition with the Shangri La meant this Grand Madame of Parisian culture needed a facelift for she was looking a little tired and dare I say it, old… out of date. Et voila, with the Ritz closing its doors temporarily it was more important than ever that I get up to speed, so I called Allison, one part of the French blog team La Momand said, “Let’s rendez vous chez Shangri La.” Allison was there before I could say “Bonjour Cherie“!

The Antiques Diva in Paris

The Antiques Diva in Paris

The Antiques Diva in Paris

We were suitably impressed, deeming it worthy of an afternoon tea or coup de champagne, loving the ladies loo, and Le Bar, but preferring the quiet intimacy of the empire salon tucked away in a back corner of the establishment. I ordered champagne with strawberry purée, La Mom chose a champagne martini with Campari and martini bianco and my niece Kyrra opted for raspberry juice. When my husband arrived a couple of hours later we ordered a second round, rose wine for Allison & me and a Horse’s Neck for Monsieur!

Toma Clark Haines The Antiques Diva

The Antiques Diva and La Mom in Paris

While we didn’t take the time to see some hotel rooms we felt well-assured this was a place fit for a diva! In fact it was built in 1896 as the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte and this chic hotel in the 16eme arrondissement has The Antiques Diva ® seal of approval.

Cheers!
The Antiques Diva ®

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Lady Lotus, a Horse’s Neck is one of my favorite cocktails: Whisky, Ginger Ale, Bitters and Lemon. Refreshing!!

  • Wow – how wonderful ladies! Everyone looking fab in their Paris black. Allison – Loving the glasses — you look very smart — oh yeah — you are!
    Bonne ete y’all.

    Bisous,
    Jessica

  • Looks like my kind of place (or the kind of place I’d like to think is my kind of place!). I’ve read the stories about the “grand” Paris hotels closing for renovations due to the increased competition from, notably, Shangri La. Good on them for shaking up the establishment!