Encompassing more than 800 square feet, the new Pompadour Suite at Le Meurice, Paris comprises a spacious living room, bedroom and marble bathroom. It can be combined with two other bedrooms to create a luxurious Parisian apartment of over 4,050 square feet — ideal for families or groups of friends traveling together. This is the first of what will be a series of refurbished signature suites.
Renowned designer Charles Jouffre was recruited to decorate the suite. The first thing you notice when you step into the room is the meticulous attention to detail — hand-carved wood paneling, Versailles parquet floors, and silk textiles by Prelle, a Lyon-based workshop dating back to 1752. Bien sûr, there’s also a bust of Marquise de Pompadour herself, modeled after an original by the Manufacture de Sèvres.
Flat-screen TVs are hidden behind period “paintings” on the wall and unveiled at the click of a remote control. In fact, the easy-to-use technology deserves a shout-out; a simple switch controls the black-out curtains on the windows, and another illuminates the “Do Not Disturb” light on the door. On the desk, what looks like a sleek objet d’art hides international electrical adapters.
Madame de Pompadour was the mistress to Louis XV and a passionate patron of the arts, notably behind the founding of the Sèvres porcelain factory.
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