Le Meurice

Paris, France

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Why we choose Le Meurice

Don’t like to settle? Bring your high expectations to Le Meurice, a Parisian standout that caters to an elite crowd

  • Let your tastebuds be transported by their two Michelin-star French chef
  • The Guest Preference Form lets them know your likes and dislikes
  • A limo and a host(ess) greet you at the airport and ensure priority treatment on request, at additional cost

If you’ve always been more partial to Marie Antoinette than the revolutionaries who overthrew her, this is the place for you. There’s no more glamorous hotel in what’s arguably the most glamorous city in the world. Let that sink in a minute, and then consider whether you’re up for a no-holds-barred immersion into sumptuous splendor.

What you need to know about the hotel

Le Meurice combines 18th century Parisian opulence with the latest in contemporary comfort and elegance

  • The 2691-square-foot Belle Etoile Royal Suite gives you 360° views of the city and its highlights
  • The hotel is nicknamed Hôtel des Rois (Hotel of the Kings) because it’s hosted so many heads of state
  • You’re in good hands at Bar 228 with 36-year veteran bartender William Oliveri, who specializes in decadent cocktails like the “Starcky”

Le Meurice takes its distinction as the first French palace hotel seriously, and there’s nothing subtle about its opulent 18th century architecture and over-the-top style. An overhaul of the public spaces in 2007 by Philippe Starck did introduce a more modern element, though it still maintains the regal glamour it’s long been known for. The 160 guestrooms include 42 suites, and most of them have spectacular views of the Paris skyline. All of the soundproofed rooms have a decidedly Louis XVI flair and, most importantly for summer visitors, air conditioning—something you can’t take for granted in Paris.

Dining is a thing of beauty at Le Meurice, especially at Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse where you can experience two Michelin-starred Ducasse’s take on French haute cuisine. An added bonus: a welcoming attitude, free from the cliché snobbery you might anticipate at a Parisian luxury hotel.

Where is it and what's nearby

Museums and monuments and shops—oh my! The very best of the high life is just another day in Paris

  • You’re just steps from Place Vendôme and Rue Saint-Honoré, with luxury boutiques like Hermès, Chanel, Dior and Cartier
  • A private, starlit dinner cruise on the Seine is the ultimate in Parisian-style romance
  • Even non-museum-lovers can’t resist the Louvre and its treasures (Mona Lisa, anyone?)—only a few blocks from the hotel

Le Meurice lies in the heart of Paris, where it has presided over the Tuileries Garden since 1835 (though its iconic history began in Calais in 1771). The hotel occupies a fabulous location, between Place de la Concorde and the Musée du Louvre, and within easy walking distance of popular attractions such as the Opéra and the Palais Royal. A short car ride (or Metro ride if you’re feeling communal) takes you to the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. We love that the world-famous sites and experiences in Paris, which are largely at your doorstep when you stay at Le Meurice.

How to enjoy Paris

From the iron pinnacle of the Eiffel Tower, to the white stone domes of the Sacre Coeur and the multi-colored pipes of the Centre Pompidou, Paris is not short of iconic and instantly recognizable architecture

  • The Louvre is a must, though be warned it is staggeringly huge, you could easily spend a day, a week, mooching through its echoing galleries
  • For art on a more intimate scale, visit the Musée Rodin: the sculptor’s exquisite mansion is home to The Kiss and sits within gorgeous gardens
  • Head out of town to visit the Château de Versailles where the treaty that ended the First World War was signed in the lavish Hall of Mirrors

To feel the essence of Parisian romance, explore the winding, lantern-lit streets of the Marais, and sample the menus of Art Deco bistros and restaurants that twinkle below their Michelin stars. For cobbled alleys and stairways you’ll want to photograph, head to Montmartre. When your feet begin to complain, continue sightseeing from the comfort of a Bateau Mouche and enjoy the river-eye view of Nôtre Dame and Pont Neuf.

To truly indulge in the art and joy of shopping, you really need to step inside the Galeries Lafayette. The wares of this upmarket department store are stunning, but browsing can be tough when your eyes keep being drawn to the fabulous domed atrium and lavish balconies. For prêt-à-porter chic, head to rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where you’ll find France’s leading fashion labels including Chanel, Hermès and Dior.

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    When to visit Paris

    Visit in July to witness the spectacle of the Tour de France when the city’s most famous street, les Champs-Élysées is transformed into a race track for lycra-clad skinny men. The party atmosphere throughout the city is palpable – the French love their cycling – and the final stage of the greatest cycle race on earth is celebrated by all.

  • You need to know

    Breakfast in the main dining room is served seven days a week. Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse is open Monday thru Friday for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is closed from July 19th to August 26th 2014

  • A word from the hotel

    For the ultimate experience at Le Meurice, I recommend sipping a Bellini on the terrace of the Belle Etoile Suite as you look out across Paris. I swear you’ll remember the moment forever!
    Julien Lapierre, Maître d’Hôtel

  • We say

    Traditional architecture with 21st century luxury service.

  • We say

    The Tuileries Garden in front of the hotel is great for families with children.

  • Awards and accolades

    Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse has been awarded three Michelin stars

  • A word from the hotel

    For the best views in Paris, request one our suites overlooking the Tuileries Garden to enjoy an impressive 180° view on the Paris skyline, with spectacular views the city’s most popular monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.
    Franka Holtmann, General Manager

  • Awards and accolades

    Le Meurice features in Condé Nast Traveler’s Platinum Circle. This honor is awarded to hotels that have been on the Gold List for five years running.

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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with The Dorchester Collection we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Guaranteed one category room upgrade at time of booking
  • Junior suites: upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Credit of 100 units of local currency once per stay (applied to final bill)
  • Daily full breakfast (breakfast menu only), available in any outlet including in-room dining, for up to two people per bedroom (excludes alcohol and caviar)
  • Daily unlimited internet access for unlimited number of devices (no download limit)
  • For Suite bookings (excluding junior suites): DAILY credit of 100 units of local currency per suite

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