With an enviable location on the Rue de Rivoli, opposite the Tuilleries Gardens, between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, Le Meurice is within walking distance to make attractions including the Louvre and the Opera. At the back of the Rue de Rivoli is the Rue St Honore, with the best luxury shopping in Paris.
Le Meurice Paris is housed with a heritage building which dates from the eighteenth century, and had thoroughgoing renovations in 1905 and again in 1998-2000. The last was courtesy of Philippe Stark who instilled a more contemporary vibe.
There’s a blown up painting of an elegant hand crossways over reception, a long “mirror” of white sand where you can finger- inscribe your design by the lobby, a centrepiece of modern Murano glass in the restaurant. The lobby floor, green and white marble, has recently been restored. And there are some fun pieces courtesy of one of the hotel’s artist guests, Salvador Dali (he stayed here a month a year) – a cabinet of hand-mirrors, to reflect his view that what you see in a mirror is infinitely various – and a geometric conversation chair. The hotel sponsors a modern art prize yearly.
Le Meurice has two main restaurants – the fine dining Restaurant le Meurice which overlooks the Tuileries Garden headed by 3 Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse and the more casual Restaurant Le Dali which is situated under a 145 square metre (1560 square feet) canvas painted by Ara Starck, the daughter of Philippe Starck. There is also has the cocktail bar Bar 228 with nightly live Jazz music which is a favourite for both locals and hotel guests. The bar features leather armchairs and dark woodwork furnishings.
There’s no single style across the 160 hotel rooms and suites; the fourth and fifth floors are light Louis XVI style, the second and third less ornate, bits of the third is Empire, the sixth, more like elegant Parisian apartment. I stayed in a Prestige Suite overlooking the Tuilleries Gardens with a lavish living ideal for entertaining and a separate empire style bedroom with a hugely comfortable bed which includes soft luxurious Garnier-Thiebaut linen.
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