Place du Trocadéro
Shangri-La is one of the most family-friendly hotel brands around, often partnering with charities like Make-A-Wish on fun initiatives for kids. At their Paris property – which was once home to Prince Roland Bonaparte and sits just across from the Eiffel Tower – the smallest of guests are brilliantly looked after by Bamboo the panda, the hotel’s mischievous mascot. At check-in, little ones are presented with their very own passport, which they can use to travel around the hotel and collect stamps at each checkpoint (at the Shang Palace restaurant, say, or the spa). In their room, they’ll discover a mountain of Bamboo-themed gifts, including a cotton backpack, a tiny umbrella for rainy days, a colouring book, slippers and a panda-shaped cookie, as well as their own mini Bamboo stuffed toy to accompany them on their adventures around the city. He even makes an appearance in the restaurant, where little fingers can tuck into the Asian dishes using their very own panda chopsticks.
Arc de Triomphe
This Belle Epoque offering right by the Arc de Triomphe has all sorts of inventive ways to keep kids entertained, which come courtesy of their Peninsula Kids’ Academy. Budding chefs with a sweet tooth won’t be able to get enough of the Kids’ Candy Wonderland experience in the hotel’s kitchen, while sports buffs will love the Dream Team excursion, where they get the chance to go behind the scenes at Paris Saint-Germain football club. There are also treasure hunts in the Louvre and French lessons on offer, for those more culturally inclined. Kids are more than welcome to splash around in the indoor pool at the hotel’s spa – one of the largest in the capital – and there are children’s menus in all the restaurants, as well as a special kids’ brunch held every Sunday with French brand Tartine et Chocolat, where little ones can get stuck in with crafts and storytelling sessions.