In the realm of uncompromising luxury, there are hotels, and then there are hotels. It is stating the obvious to say that Le Meurice is among the latter. One of the most acclaimed hotels in Paris, this monument to fine living opened its doors in 1835 and has served as home away from home for royalty, presidents and celebrities from around the globe. While this hotel has an illustrious past, it is not content to rest on its laurels. It has maintained its inimitable élan while embracing the present, with interiors redesigned by Philippe Starck, house dining under the guidance of legendary chef Alain Ducasse and a spa featuring the finest in Swiss skincare. Guest rooms and suites are decorated in the style of Louis XVI, and for those seeking the ultimate in decadence, the Belle Etoile Royal Suite measures in at 2,691 square feet and boasts a private terrace with 360-degree city views that take in nearly every one of the city's famed landmarks.