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by Lisa Grimaldi | December 01, 2010
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The Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, is set to debut this month in the 16th arrondissement. The property features 81 guest rooms designed by Yves-Pierre Rochon, 9,700 square feet of meeting and event space, two restaurants and a fitness center.

Le CuisineLe Royal Monceau–Raffles Paris reopened in October following a two-year, head-to-toe refurbishment and redesign by Philippe Starck. The property, with 85 guest rooms and 55 suites, is now managed by Raffles Hotel Group and features three meeting rooms, two restaurants and a private cinema. A 15,000-square-foot spa will debut in February.

A two-year expansion and renovation has been completed at the Hotel Lotti. The property has added 44 guest rooms, for a total of 159; its 10 meeting rooms have been updated, and a patio with palm trees has been added.

The 90-room Hôtel W Paris-Opéra will open for business in April 2011. The property is adjacent to the Paris Opera and Galeries Lafayette department stores.

The Peninsula Paris is set to open in 2013; the 200-room hotel will be housed in a former government building in central Paris.

The former Hotel Campanile is now the Timhotel. The property has 246 guest rooms and two meeting rooms.

Mandarin Oriental, Paris, is set to open in summer 2011. The hotel will have 138 guest rooms, seven meeting rooms and a spa.

The 266-room Hotel Con­corde Saint-Lazare has been renamed the Concorde Opéra Paris. The property offers 12 meeting rooms.

The 55-room Crowne Plaza Paris Champs Elysées has been rebranded as the Inter­Continental Paris Avenue Marceau. The property has one 3,000-square-foot meeting room.

At press time, French media outlets reported that Starwood Capital will sell the world-famous Hotel de Crillon -- which first opened its doors in 1909 -- for approximately US$350 million to Saudi investors with ties to the royal family. According to Le Figaro, the buyer might have to spend an additional US$160 million to renovate the 147-room luxury property, which has seven meeting rooms. The reports also said the hotel will be managed by Kempinski Hotels.

Alrov Properties and Lodgings Ltd. has acquired the 100-year-old Hotel Lutetia, which features 231 rooms and 10 meeting rooms. The property will remain under the management of Concorde Hotels & Resorts.

Set to open this month is the boutique hotel Pavillon des Lettres. Each of the property's 26 rooms is associated with a letter of the alphabet and a writer.

The Buddha Bar Hotel Paris is slated to open next fall. Details on number of guest rooms and meeting space were not available at press time.

Luxury goods firm LVMH is developing a 100-room hotel and conference center in the former La Samaritaine department store. The property is expected to open for business in 2013.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris La Défense, is scheduled to open in 2012. Details on guest rooms and meeting space were unavailable at press time.

The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Con­ference Cen­ter has been certified ISO 14001 by the International Or­ganization for Standardization for implementing a set of sustainability standards that reduces the 757-room property's negative impact on the environment.

Hall 7 at Paris-Nord Villepinte Con­vention & Exhibition Center opened in September. The new facility features approximately 162,000 square feet of exhibit space and has been recognized as a pilot project for the French government's forthcoming HEQ (High Environmental Quality) certification of exhibition halls.

The Parc Zoologique de Paris in the Bois de Vincennes is undergoing renovations and will reopen in 2012. The zoo features 130 species in six sections, including an aviary and a greenhouse. Continued...