by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 01, 2011
Local Update
The long-awaited 138-room Mandarin Ori­ental, Paris, debuted this summer. The upscale property features a 9,000-square-foot spa, four meeting rooms, an indoor garden and two dining outlets -- Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, a gourmet restaurant that seats 44, and Camelia, which accommodates up to 70.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, opened late last year in the 16th arrondissement. The property features 81 guest rooms designed by Yves-Pierre Rochon, approximately 9,700 square feet of meeting and event space, two restaurants and a fitness center.

Luxury goods firm LVMH is developing a 80-room hotel/mixed-use development in the former La Samaritaine department store. The property is expected to open in 2013.

The 91-room Hôtel W Paris-Opéra, Starwood Hotels & Resort's first W-brand property in France, is slated to open next year. The hotel, which will have a spa, a restaurant and a signature lounge, is adjacent to the Paris Opera and the Galeries Lafayette department stores.

The 200-room Peninsula Paris is set to open in 2013 in a former government building in the city's center.

New Mandarin OrientalAccor has sold the 135-room Sofitel Arc de Triomphe to a consortium of French private investors for approximately US$500 million. Accor will continue to run the hotel under a long-term management agreement. The property, which has six meeting rooms, will undergo a US$36 million renovation as part of the deal.

The famed Ritz Paris is slated to close next summer to undergo a 27-month renovation, during which the property's public areas, cooking school, 162 guest rooms and seven meeting rooms will be upgraded.

Meeting Hotels
Properties include the 1,025-room Le Méridien Etoile, 966-room Concorde Lafayette, 953-room Le Méridien Mont­parnasse, 764-room Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel, 757-room Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center, 514-room InterContinental Le Grand Hotel Paris, 507-room Hilton Arc de Triomphe, 438-room Westin Paris and 245-room Four Sea­sons Hotel George V Paris. For a more extensive list of hotels, go to