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Le Meurice, Paris, France - Hotel Review

The Art of Reincarnation

View of the Louvre from the Belle Etoile Royal Suite at Le Meurice in Paris, France
View of the Louvre from the Belle Etoile Royal Suite at Le Meurice

A member of the exclusive Dorchester Collection, the legendary Le Meurice hotel is experiencing its third incarnation. Dating back to 1817, when it opened its doors at a different address as a coach inn for British traders, the property has been revitalized by architect Jean-Loup Roubert, who called upon expert builders, restoration experts and artisans to return the palace to its original spirit and grandeur. An impressive 240 square meters of gold leaf adorn the walls of the lobby, which displays a mosaic from 1903, composed with more than 500,000 pieces of sandstone.

Among its transformations, one of the most notable is the elegant style provided by French designer Charles Jouffre. Jouffre takes his inspiration from the hotel’s classic origins, which he brings into the present with a contemporary palette and playful accents. His goal: modern comfort with the mood of a refined eighteenth-century home.

"The Hotel of Kings," as it is often called, has one of the most magnificent suites in Paris, Belle Etoile Royal Suite. The happy guests who stay here can enjoy up to 2,960 square feet of space and a terrace that boasts at 360-degree view of Paris. Amenities include private elevator access, sitting room, dining room, walk-in closet and bedroom with a bathroom of Italian marble. There is also a pantry and a kitchen for a butler and personal chef.

Elegant guest room at Le Meurice in Paris, France
The marble bathroom of a guest room at Le Meurice in Paris, France
Elegant guest room
Marble bathroom

Le Meurice, which ranks as one of the best grand hotels in Paris, requires a restaurant to complement its image. Restaurant Le Meurice provides a gracious and elegant dining experience showcasing French gastronomy with creative, light and exquisitely flavored dishes. Guests can also dine in the Philippe Starck-designed Restaurant Le Dali, featuring a mural by his daughter Ara Starck and Salvador Dali-inspired accents. Before meals, guests can sip Champagne or whisky in the chic setting of Bar 228.

Ultimate relaxation presents itself in the form of Spa Valmont for Le Meurice, where this exclusive Swiss brand offers its followers the refinement and extreme effectiveness of cosmetic care, including exclusive anti-aging treatments. Further V.I.P. treatment can be found in the My Little Paris Passport program, providing guests with the opportunity to experience the city as a Parisian for 24 hours. Guests are able to enjoy the City of Light's best-kept secrets in fashion, design, gastronomy and more.

Ideally placed in the heart of Paris on the Rue de Rivoli, directly opposite the Jardin des Tuileries, Le Meurice is a must for your next trip to Paris. Enjoy its many pleasures, and consider yourself in good company: one of the most famous regular guests was Dali (hence the namesake restaurant), who used to shock passersby below his hotel window by throwing things out of it... or dangling a lobster on a fishing pole.

 

Le Meurice
228, rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement
Paris, France
33 01 44 58 10 10
| Reserve with KIWI Collection for the best rate!
www.lemeurice.com

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(Updated 08/30/13 CT)

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