Paris is seeing a consistent influx of hotels of Asian brands. Three new hotels have been launched in the French capital in the last twelve months. The Mandarin Oriental is the latest and opened in Paris this week. The hotel housed in a newly built eight storey property on Rue Saint Honore features 99 rooms and 39 suites. The Mandarin Oriental brand belongs to a Hong Kong based group who have now 27 properties worldwide in their portfolio. The name is the combination of Asia’s two iconic hotels – the Mandarin in Hong Kong and the Oriental in Bangkok.
It is an elite premium hotel built at an estimated cost of 200 million euros. The new hotel boasts of a 900 square metre spa that is sure to become popular with the guests and Parisians alike. The Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx oversees a 40 seat restaurant in the exclusive hotel and will definitely become a star attraction for the new property. Just last December, Paris had witnessed an opening of a new hotel by a rival Hong Kong group Shangri-la. They had organized a grand opening for their 81 room hotel which is located across the River Seine from the Eiffel Tower and boasts of rooms with some stunning views.
The other Asian group that has moved into Paris recently is the Raffles hotel from Singapore. They have taken over the management of the Royal Monceau. Located close to the Champs-Elysees, the property had undergone an extensive and comprehensive renovation overseen by the design guru Philippe Starck. Raffles hotel reopened the renovated property under their management in October last year. Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels will be the next Asian hotel brand to open in Paris. They are building their first Peninsula Hotel in Europe near the Arc de Triomphe in what used to be the Hotel Majestic. The new hotel would be ready by 2013.