On my most recent trip to Paris, I had the pleasure of spending three glorious nights at Le Meurice aka “the Hotel of Kings.” Hotel Le Meurice is the definition of luxury and Parisian chic, it’s no wonder that it has become the favorite hotel of fashion, film, and music royalty. Some of the hotels past guests have included Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, Salvador Dali, Justin Bieber, Kristen Stewart, Kanye West and it’s known as the favorite hotel of Jay-Z and Beyonce. As part of the prestigious Dorchester Collection of fine hotels, you can expect only the best in five-star amenities and five-star service while calling Le Meurice your home in Paris.
Le Meurice has an unbeatable location in the 1st arrondissement on Rue de Rivoli, just opposite the Tuileries Gardens, between the Place de la Concorde and the Musee du Louvre. It’s also surrounded by the world’s most well known fashion houses as the flagship locations of Hermes, Dior, Chanel, and many more are at your footsteps on Rue St Honore. Choosing Le Meurice as your home base in Paris, provides easy access to all of the culture, dining, shopping, nightlife, and people watching that Paris has to offer.
From the moment you arrive at Le Meurice, you know you have been transported into an elegant dream in Paris. There is no shortage of hotel personnel on hand to assist with your baggage (which you will need so you can twirl around and admire the décor while someone else minds your belongings!) A seamless check-in is standard ops and before you know it, you’re escorted to your room and shown where everything is and how to operate its controls.
As elegant as the hotel is, there is no sign of pretentiousness as everyone greets you with a warm smile and offers to assist with recommendations, tours, and offers their service should you require anything at all. I have a client who is a high level executive at a securities firm who was staying at Le Meurice a few months back, he was having breakfast at the hotel while on the phone with his wife and casually mentioned to her that he forgot his iPod so he would have to forgo his morning run. Within five minutes, (and after apologizing for overhearing his conversation) a hotel employee approached him with an iPod for him to borrow that was loaded with songs in the genre of music he preferred per their guest preference form! My client couldn’t believe it! That is service!
Each of Le Meurice’s 160 guest rooms are the epitome of opulence. From luxury bedding to the Dorchester collection’s signature robes, slippers, and bath amenities courtesy of Penhaligon’s of London Quercus line of products. The bathrooms feature gorgeous marble throughout with a separate standup shower and deep soaking bathtub, which I put to good use after spending the day sightseeing on foot!
The true standout suite and gem of this hotel is the Royal Belle Etoile Suite. It is the most exclusive suite in Paris, located on the 7th floor with a HUGE terrace boasting 360 degree unobstructed views of Paris. From Sacre Coeur to the Eiffel Tower, the city of lights is yours from this suite. Whether you want to bask in the sun from your lounge chair, read the newspaper with the Louvre as your backdrop, or enjoy a special dinner while admiring the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, there is no better place to do so then Le Belle Etoile Royal Suite. This suite is a favorite of royalty, A-Listers, and worldwide jet setters, and at a price tag of 17,000 Euro per night, it too could be yours.
Dining at Le Meurice has set a standard that would be incredibly difficult to match anywhere else in the world! The food and beverage program is overseen by none other than world renowned Chef Alain Ducasse, who by the way, has more Michelin stars than I can count! Their fine dining Restaurant Le Meurice, overlooks the Tuileries Garden and has been awarded the top honor of three Michelin stars. Restaurant Le Dali is their more casual dining room designed by none other than Philippe Starck with influences of one of Le Meurice’s most notorious guests, Salvador Dali. Bar 228 at Le Meurice oozes with class and is the perfect place to ‘see and be seen’ while enjoying a custom cocktail. Whether your day calls for a custom made bellini before heading out on the town or an after dinner drink, a rendezvous at Bar 228 is a must while staying at Le Meurice.
Rates at Le Meurice vary by season but generally start at 800 Euro per night. Whenever booking any luxury hotel, do the smart thing and call a reputable travel agent such as myself. There is a never a deal online for five-star hotels that a travel agent can’t add value to. Not only do good travel agents have connections to get you that upgrade or that specific room you want, but agencies who are members of Dorchester’s Diamond Club will get you the following bonus amenities:
85 EUR hotel credit to be used at the spa, bar, or dining.
Breakfast for two people included daily (a value of 58 EUR per person).
Upgrade to the next highest room category based upon availability.
Early check-in and late check-out.