Beyoncé’s been busy lately not only giving birth to two humans, but also choreographing a pitch-perfect, step-by-step social media reveal of her new twin babies. So while it might be a while before she and Jay-Z have time for another of their blow-out Eurotrips, you can get a piece of that lifestyle this very summer.
To recap, you might remember that Queen Bey dropped by Paris last year for a stay at one of the city’s most exclusive so-called “Palace Hotels,” the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris during her Formation World Tour. Fun fact: The hotel is actually in a former palace built in 1896 by Napoleon’s grandnephew, Prince Roland.
The singer, along with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy, occupied the hotel’s most expensive accommodation, La Suite Shangri-La. The suite has nearly 3,000 square feet of living space and has its own kitchen and private dining area, and a bathroom with more marble than the Parthenon.
It’s also got a terrace with picture-perfect views of the Eiffel Tower that takes up over 1,000 square feet itself.
The suite can be expanded into a private “apartment” encompassing the hotel’s entire seventh (and top) floor with four bedrooms and over 5,000 square feet of space. That’s more room than pretty much any other denizen of the City of Light enjoys and should be enough for the Carters' growing brood.
The price tag for such luxury? An estimated $19,000 per night… and that’s not including room service or tips. But hey, at least the Wi-Fi is free (or, more accurately, it's included).
If you don’t have the cash to drop on a stay like that, you can still treat yourself to a next-level experience at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris this summer.
In partnership with storied Champagne house Krug, the hotel has opened a limited-time pop-up bar called “Le Bar à Ciel by Krug,” and you can reserve a spot there now through August 27, when it closes. So hurry.
Lest you think this is just some fly-by-night speakeasy, though, think again. Le Bar à Ciel is installed in one of the hotel’s premier guest rooms with its own enormous terrace with panoramic Eiffel Tower views. It is open from just 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. nightly. Our pro tip: Go around 8:00 p.m. for sunset. To make a reservation (and you can’t get in without one), call +33 (0)1 53 67 19 98. You’ll get a special password, which you will then need to pass along at the hotel’s reception desk when you arrive at the appointed time.
From there, you will be escorted personally up to the bar and shown to your seat.
Pro tip number two: When you call in for your reservation, make sure to mention you’d like a spot out on the terrace. The indoor bar has seating and standing room for 14, while the terrace has seats for only 16 guests.
The ambiance out there is like an elegant citified garden party, with lounge-style outdoor chairs adorned by specialty Krug pillows, and tables made from rough-hewn tree trunks. Inside, meanwhile, there’s a small manned bar and a few little corners for canoodling.
The special menu here is comprised of a cornucopia of Krug selections including just a glass of the golden nectar for 55 euros (it’s 280 euros for the bottle) all the way up to the most expensive option: a 4,500-euro bottle of Krug Clos D’Ambonnay 2000 vintage. Bring a bunch of friends so you can buy the magnum of rosé.
If cocktails are more your thing, the options include a Bleu Carré with Johnnie Walker Blue Lable, Zacapa XO, Buckwheat Liqueur, Old Pedro Ximénes, and tonka bitters; and the Dandy Sour with Hennessy X.O. Cognac, Escubac liqueur, lemon juice, and artisanal absinthe, both of which will also set you back 55 euros.
While the fresh-faced waiter will whisk a bowl of cheesy gougères to the table practically as soon as you sit down, there are other small plates to enjoy including center-cut smoked salmon with blinis and condiments, or Caviar Gold selected by Maison Kaviari with all the traditional fixings.
Is it a night in your own whole-floor Parisian pied-à-terre? No. But an evening at Le Bar à Ciel is at least a momentary glimpse of the good life with the same exact view of Paris Beyoncé paid $19,000 for last month.