Le Meurice stands out among the Paris palaces with its prime position on arcaded rue de Rivoli, just minutes from the Louvre. Past guests, who included Salvador Dali, and superb staff get the right balance between obsequious and witty. Rooms are awash with pastel-toned satin and Louis XVI chairs.
Truly regal: most of Paris’s palace hotels are in businessy western Paris around the Champs-Elysées but Le Meurice has crowned it over the Tuileries gardens ever since the elegant rue de Rivoli was constructed in 1835. It’s superbly placed for visiting the Louvre but also for financial affairs or classy shopping on rue St-Honoré.
Style & character
It’s very grand yet not stuffy. Dali used to stay here with his ocelots and that has clearly left a legacy of tolerance for guest’s foibles. There are chandeliers and marble galore but also a frosted mirror in the entrance hall where guests can doodle or sign their autograph.
Service & facilities
Top-hatted doormen and uniformed concierges master perfect discretion with a glint of humour. Almost 400 staff can lay on anything from chauffeur-driven tours and the promise of bodily perfection in the Valmont spa to walking your dog.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
The 160 rooms and suites are sybaritic oceans of pastel-coloured silks and bergère chairs à la Louis XVI. The suites are larger than most Paris apartments, with huge walk-in wardrobes. The vast 1st-floor Presidential suite overlooking the Tuileries is perfect for playing at Marie-Antoinette, while the Belle Etoile penthouse has its own private lift, butler’s pantry and 360° views from its rooftop terrace.
Food & drink
Chef Jocelyn Herland arrived at the Alain Ducasse restaurant from the Dorchester this spring, creating a new culinary identity for Le Meurice: think an appetiser to share of steamed organic vegetables surrounded by salt crystals, or marriages like roast sea bass with mixed citrus sauce. The dining room has been rejuvenated by Philippe Starck, keeping the rococo ceiling and lightening it up with pared-back tables and white Saarinen tulip chairs.
Named Bar 228 after the hotel’s address on rue de Rivoli, this refined yet cosy bar is renowned for its sophisticated and welcoming British club style, with a nod to 18th century France. The recently updated bar counter is where you’ll find our indispensable head barman William Oliveri, who has been with the hotel since 1978.
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