The Eiffel Tower has reopened today following a two-day workers’ strike—a perfect excuse for me to start fantasizing about that next trip to Paris. Coincidentally, there’s a spate of hotel news coming out of the City of Light. Here’s a highlight reel:
In the posh 16th arrondissement, the Seine-facing Shangri-La Paris just launched a summer terrace with Eiffel Tower views. If you’re not lucky enough to be staying here, the terrace is open to the public from 5 to 11 p.m. this summer—stop in for a glass of Rosé and watch the sun sink into the horizon. The property also just opened its Garden Wing, adding 20 rooms and suites (half of which have Eiffel Tower views) and a private landscaped French garden.
Meanwhile, the Philippe Starck-designed Le Royal Monceau–Raffles Paris was just given the “Palace Distinction” designation by Atout France, the country’s tourism development arm. Only six Paris hotels have managed to snag this coveted status—including the Four Seasons George V and Hotel Le Bristol. Palace Distinction or not, this whimsical, 8th arrondissement retreat had already won us over with its en-suite acoustic guitars and Pierre Hermé macarons.
Speaking of Palace Distinction hotels, the iconic Hôtel Plaza Athénée—also in the 8th—just announced a restoration project that will add fourteen guest rooms and suites and new public spaces. The bad news: the hotel will close its doors between October and early May to complete the renovation. The silver lining: some of that amazing Art Deco-style furniture and artwork will be auctioned off in Paris this fall, so a piece of the hotel can be yours—for a price.
Finally, we’re still eagerly awaiting the completion of the famous Ritz Paris (closed since last August for a two-year renovation), as well as the debut of the Peninsula Paris, which will make a big splash in the 16th in the coming months. Rumor has it that the property will be a stunning rooftop bar—reason enough for a trip across the pond in 2014.
Jennifer Flowers is the Travel News Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.