Mandarin Oriental opens new Paris hotel

Mandarin Oriental opens new Paris hotel

The Mandarin Oriental has opened in Paris this week, becoming the third luxury Asian hotel brand in less than 12 months to launch in the French capital.

The newly-built, eight-story property on Rue Saint Honore features 99 rooms and 39 suites going.

The property is the 27th worldwide for the Hong Kong based group, which takes its name from two of Asia’s top hotels - the Mandarin in Hong Kong and the Oriental in Bangkok.

The hotel cost an estimated 200 million euros to build and features a 900 square metre spa, a 40-seat restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx.

Last December rival Hong Kong group Shangri-La opened an 81-room hotel across the River Seine from the Eiffel Tower.

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Singapore’s Raffles hotel took over management of the Royal Monceau, close to the Champs-Elysees, in October after a full renovation overseen by design guru Philippe Starck.

Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels plans to open its first Peninsula hotel in Europe, near the Arc de Triomphe, in 2013 in what used to be the Hotel Majestic.