A regal retreat in Paris
160 Rooms / 42 Suites
Housed in the oldest palace in France, Le Meurice has been part of the Paris landscape since 1835. What began as a hotel for upper-class British travelers has since welcomed an impressive roster of royalty (King of Spain Alphonse XIII, the king of Montenegro, the sultan of Zanzibar, the maharaja of Jaipur), presidents (French President Doumergue, Franklin Delano Roosevelt), accomplished artists (Giorgio de Chirico, Yehudi Menuhin, Beyoncé and Jay Z), designers (Coco Chanel) and writers (Walter Lippmann, Rudyard Kipling). Today, Le Meurice remains one of Paris’ most lavish hotels. It has undergone five major renovations, most recently in 2016. Acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck kept the classic feel of the hotel, but modernized and accentuated it with whimsical yet subtle touches (check out the frozen mirror where you can draw on the frosty surface with your fingers).
Aside from the hotel’s rich history and striking design, its location is a big draw. Directly facing the Tuileries Garden and situated between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, Le Meurice is walking distance to some of Paris’ most popular and historical attractions. In the first arrondissement, the hotel also sits on the doorstep of the city’s best designer boutiques. As one of the most exclusive luxury shopping areas in Paris, Faubourg Saint-Honoré is home to famous names in fashion such as Chanel, Cartier, Hermès and Gucci.
In keeping with the tastes of its varied guests, Le Meurice doesn’t simply stick to one type of room. Instead, rooms and suites range from Empire-influenced décor in the Castiglione wing to floral, Louis XVI-style accommodations on the fourth and fifth floors. The second and third floors are dedicated to those who prefer a less ornate room, while the sixth-floor rooms are made to resemble Parisian apartments.
On the first floor are two presidential suites and a junior suite, all formally decorated in the 18th-century Louis XVI style with one-of-a-kind pieces. While the first-floor location of the covetable rooms may seem odd, it is a historic touch — the elite stayed on the ground level before elevators were introduced into hotels. And on the seventh floor is the Belle Etoile Royal Suite, which is the most opulent in the hotel and features a terrace with a 360-degree view of Paris.
All rooms are equipped with luxurious fabrics from Rubelli and Braquenié, marble bathrooms, soundproofing along with access to John Lobb-trained butlers who provide complimentary shoe shines and programs for kids and pets.
You don’t want to miss a meal at the hotel’s amazing Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse. This gastronomic gem led by world-renowned French chef Alain Ducasse offers breakfast, lunch and dinner service in the most elegant of settings. Salon de la Paix in the Palace of Versailles inspired the dining room that’s outfitted with 17th-century décor, a fresco ceiling and gilded crown molding. Ornate in the best possible way, Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse also has a touch of modern thanks to Ducasse’s menus and designer Philippe Starck.
Named in honor of one of Le Meurice’s most famous loyal guests (Salvador Dalí spent at least one month per year there), Le Dalí is located in the heart of the hotel. Comfortable and inviting, the restaurant is bathed in warm colors such as gold, brass, orange and cream. The design showpiece of Le Dalí is the massive 1,560-square-foot gold and ochre mural created by Ara Stark (daughter of Philippe), which covers the ceiling. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea service, Le Dalí has a small but diverse menu that includes dishes featuring seasonal produce.
Outfitted in dark wood, rich leather, crystal decanters and a hand-painted ceiling fresco, Le Bar 228 is an inviting and posh place to kick back with a drink. Serving Dom Pérignon by the glass, innovative specialty cocktails and more than 50 kinds of whiskies and malts, head bartender William Oliveri will make you want to have every nightcap in this haunt.
The Other Amenities
When you need a break, head to Spa Valmont pour Le Meurice. The three-treatment-room spa may be small, but you’ll bask in its cool, modern aesthetic, hammams and cutting-edge services.