Luxury hotels are supposed to look luxe and act luxe - but this one even smells luxe.
As you step off Avenue d'Iéna in the refined 16th arrondissement (just across the Seine river from the Eiffel Tower), through the courtyard entrance, a luxurious scent wraps itself around you.
This is the Essence of Shangri-La, a blend of 25 ingredients - mainly musk and white tea - that sets the tone for what will no doubt be one of the most luxurious experiences of your life.
The Shangri-La combines all that is chic about Paris with the discreet, high-end service for which Asia is renowned.
It's the sort of hotel that will notice you've missed something off your usual room-service breakfast - and rectify it before you realise. Stay in La Suite Chaillot to enjoy a wraparound terrace with views of the Eiffel Tower.
If the budget doesn't stretch to the £5,620 per night rate, don't worry: around half the rooms and suites have views of the city's famous landmark.
The food is not to be missed. Choose from: Shang Palace for Michelin-starred Chinese, the two-Michelin-starred L'Abeille for classic French, or La Bauhinia for Western and Oriental favourites - it's worth a visit for the petit fours alone!
WOW FACTOR: Perch yourself alongside the impeccably dressed locals at Le Bar and order the signature Pink Lady cocktail.
TRAVEL TIME: 2 hours by Eurostar
WHEN TO GO: Spring, Summer