Hôtel Le Meurice A fresh new look for the first Parisian palace
After having celebrated its 180th anniversary in 2015 and having renovated its magnificent suites, this palace overlooking the Tuileries Gardens has benefited from a restoration of its restaurant spaces under the guidance of Philippe Starck.
One of the City of Light most precious jewels lies deep in the heart of historic Paris. In the Vendôme district – just a step away from the Louvre Museum and opposite the Tuileries gardens – the Hôtel Le Meurice embodies French excellence in the art of elegant living. The hotel was opened during the Restoration at 323, rue Saint-Honoré, where it welcomed monarchs, aristocrats, artists and writers. From the Prince of Wales to the King of Montenegro, and Alfonso XIII to the Maharajah of Jaipur, the most powerful men of the day were delighted by the highly Parisian charms of Le Meurice. In 1835, the hotel moved to the 228 rue de Rivoli and remained in that particularly fine location. Ever since, its story has been written in letters of gold – a story of opulence and exceptionality maintained by decorator Charles Jouffre, the man behind the décor of the great lobby of the Opéra Garnier, who, in 2008, brought all the style of an 18th century residence to the luxury hotel, giving it a unique image tied to its rich, prestigious past. The hotel has 118 rooms and 42 suites – one of the most extensive collections of suites in Paris. The greatest is the Belle Etoile Royal Suite on the top floor; 275 sq. m. inspired by the aesthetics of the 19th century opening onto a private panoramic terrace that provides one of the most unforgettable views of Paris anywhere. Recently renovated, the three Presidential suites styled to reflect 18th century tastes offer a unique view of the Tuileries Garden. Among the woodwork and silks, antique books and 19th century paintings of these temples of excellence, time seems to be on hold. The artist Salvador Dali himself drew inspiration for his surrealist works there, staying in one of the Presidential suites for at least a month every year for more than three decades. Today, the Spaniard’s genius lingers like a note suspended in the air of the hotel – Le Dali restaurant surrealist décor has been revamped by the famous designer Philippe Starck. At this restaurant, guests can savor Mediterranean and Parisian dishes or taste the delicious desserts from the young and talented Cédric Grolet during tea-time. Recently updated, the gourmet Restaurant “Le Meurice Alain Ducasse” is brighter and more contemporary than ever with new seats and artworks. The chef Jocelyn Herland cuisine’s has been awarded 2 stars by the 2016 Michelin Guide that makes both Parisian and international gastronomic customers come running. The renovated Bar 228 – home of the famous bartender William Oliveri – and the Galerie Pompadour are an extension of the designer vision where classic style meet design and surrealist artworks. Between its stone walls, Le Meurice continues to write its legend, enriched by the histories of those who keep it alive. A legend inscribed in the ink of dreams.