Le Meurice Paris
History, iconic luxury and Michelin stars characterise this five-star experience
One of the world’s most iconic addresses, Le Meurice has held sway as the jewel in the crown of French luxury hotels since 1835. Magical, 18th century architectural splendour is combined with state-of-the-art comfort and efficiency, while the hotel's three Michelin-starred restaurant is a widely-celebrated destination in its own right. But while everything about Le Meurice purrs sophistication, children will be equally entranced by the hotel’s Family Package, which offers excursions, specially-tailored culinary treats, a hotel treasure hunt, custom-made wooden boats for sailing in the Tuileries Garden pond, and carousel rides. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the Spa Valmont, with its new treatments by the Swiss cosmetics company. Le Meurice is a whole world of quintessentially French hospitality awaiting discovery.
Rooms and Suites
At Le Meurice, every room and suite is a spacious, peaceful oasis of calm, providing guests with the ultimate in luxury. Each of the seven floors has a distinct style, with 160 beautifully appointed rooms decorated in a style recalling Louis XVI. All rooms feature exquisite marble bathrooms with shower and bath. Each room is soundproofed and has air conditioning, wifi, multiple telephone lines and cable television. The hotel has six rooms specially for disabled guests with full facilities, as well as a special entrance in the hotel lobby. Non-smoking rooms are located on the third and fourth floors of the hotel and are available upon request. All rooms and suites feature a private entrance and sitting area, writing desk, seasonal arrival amenities, in-room safe, private bar with refrigerator, daily selection of local and international newspapers, marble bathroom with separate shower and bath, custom bath products by Penhaligon’s, twice daily maid service, including evening turndown, and adjustable air conditioning. Technology available includes wifi, private fax, modem port, DVD player, laptop computer and fax on request, TV internet, and iPod radio-alarm clock.
Amongst the suites, the Marco Polo suite is remarkable, described by architect Nicolas Papamiltiades as "the perfect hideaway for couples in love." This 70 square-metre apartment is elegantly appointed in a romantic, poetic, French style. The spirit of Marco Polo is expressed by the ship-like curve of the eaves, the swathes of silk and precious fabrics, the exotic hardwood floor, the furnishings in the most noble materials, the Oriental artefacts and figurines.
Restaurant Le Meurice
At breakfast, lunch or dinner, restaurant Le Meurice offers a rich, subtle and varied menu. With precision, without extravagance, faithful to true flavours and excellently presented, Chef Yannick Alléno's three Michelin-star cuisine is modern and daring.
"I try to think of what people will like" says Yannick Alléno. Sommelier Nicolas Rebut is on hand for advice on the most suitable wines. Restaurant Le Meurice is a true tour in culinary arts, including a new concept of tableware names Ondes©, a collection of plates designed by Yannick Alléno himself. The tour continues with a champagne bar and a refrigerated wine cellar accessible directly from the dining room, and containing 616 labels. The oldest bottle is a Château Cos D'Estournel 1928 Saint Estèphe.
The decor of Restaurant Le Meurice is inspired by the Salon de la Paix at Château de Versailles, reinterpreted by Philippe Starck in 2007. This 17th century “grand siècle” style interior is based on three paintings dating from 1905 to 1907, when the hotel was extensively refurbished for the first tie since it had opened. Theophile Poilpot (1848-1915) was a French Académie painter who painted in the “pompier” style.
The interior comprises antique mirrors, chandeliers, bronze, marble and more frescoes. The pure white and silver interiors produce an effect of romantic elegance at its finest, with views onto the Tuileries Gardens. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Restaurant Le Dali
Restaurant Le Dalí is refreshing in every way, most importantly in its menu (which has a section titled "100% cheeky"). It is an interior where the great Dalí's presence can still be felt, with many references to his work, such as a Daliesque chair with feet in the form of women's shoes, a lamp with drawers, or Le Meurice's unmistakable lobster on a telephone. Philippe Starck's refurbishment design here is based on a giant canvas painted by his daughter Ara Starck, measuring 145 square metres, in shades of gold and ochre. Open every day for break, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Tea at Le Dalí
Surrealist Salvador Dalí was a regular guest at Hotel Le Meurice, staying for at least a month every year. His requests were often rather surreal: once he asked for a herd of sheep delivered to his room, where he proceeded to draw his pistol and shoot at them. Luckily his weapon was loaded with blanks. On another occasion, he asked for a horse. Yet another time, he asked staff to capture flies for him in the nearby Tuileries Garden, paying them five francs a fly. Dalí's spirit lives on at Restaurant Le Dalí, with unconventional décor including a lamp with drawers. "Contemporary afternoon tea" at Le Dalí, served from 3.30 p.m. until 6.30 p.m., is an "à la Française" version of the classic English tradition, created by the hotel's Pastry Chef Camille Lesecq: delicate finger sandwiches, traditional scones, inventive macaroons, French cakes, mini fruit tarts and imaginative pastries. Accompanied by a wide selection of teas, coffees, hot chocolates, or dare a glass of champagne!
LUXOS recommends: Le Mug de Chocolat, a subtle blend of Guanaja and Caraïbes chocolate
Named Bar 228 after the hotel's address on 228 rue de Rivoli, this place has become a favourite Parisian "rendez-vous." Its cosy atmosphere recalls the warmth of British clubs, and though substantially renovated by Philippe Starck in December 2007, the plush and mellow decor remains faithful to its origins, with wooden bar stools and leather chairs. The atmosphere is enhanced by tobacco-colour shades and highlighted by the sparkle of rare crystal decanters. The three Lavalley paintings depicting evening scenes at Château de Fontainebleau reinforce the effect of discreet luxury. The bar has a selection of over 50 whiskies and malts, as well as 300 drink references, including 17 exclusive creations, such as the Cocktail Starcky or The 228. According to locals, the "228" serves the best sandwiches in Paris, while the "Croque Meurice" is a "deluxe" version of the traditional croque-monsieur. Bon appétit… Every evening, enjoy two jazz musicians provide a live soundtrack, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The pianist is accompagnied by a bass guitarist, a guitarist or a drummer. Open every day from noon to 2 a.m.
The Spa showcases advanced treatments by Valmont, leading Swiss cosmetics brand. Examples include the Glaciers Moisturising Vitality Treatment, or innovative procedures such as the Eye Contour Lifting Intensive treatment, exclusive to Le Meurice. For the body, there is a wide range of massage treatments, utilizing "Thermes Marins de Saint Malo" products: an example is the Exclusive "Meurice" body massage. Finally, in order to leave Spa Valmont with a healthy glow on your cheeks, you could try a little touch of make-up "By Terry," a delight for all women! In fact, the Spa's "3 in 1" concept enables you to leave with a perfect face, body and complexion. The sunny terrace is equipped with umbrellas, deckchairs, and little tables to freshen up, have a light lunch and enjoy the spring menu: fresh salads full of vitamins, carpaccios, light sandwichs, Detox macarons, fresh fruits and vegetables juices, frappucinos, ice teas and so on. The Spa is open from 8am to 10pm, and from 10am to 8pm for treatments.