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Hôtel Le Meurice 180 years into the heart of French culture

In this anniversary year, we go back in history to the very first palace hotel in Paris, which has played an important role in the influence of French culture, and find out what new things it has to offer.

One of the City of Light most precious jewels lies deep in the heart of historic Paris. In the Vendôme quarter – 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 Paris 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 collection 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’s surrealist décor is crowned by a huge Ara Starck canvas, all in ochre and gold. Another iconic client of the hotel, Andy Warhol, for the occasion of his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, will be honored in October with a special selection of sweet “Choux Pop” offered at the Dali by Cédric Grolet, Le Meurice’s pastry chef. Among several surprises to be announced, is a special “180 Years” menu and an amazing cherry Yule log that should be the perfect finale of the year, which began with the creation of the Diva cocktail prepared by the famous bar director William Oliveri. If art and culinary art are one and the same at the Meurice, remember that in a more classical but equally spectacular style, the gourmet Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse has been awarded 3 stars by the 2015 Michelin Guide. It’s a fine reward for an exceptional table that makes both Parisian and international gastronomic customers come running. 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.

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Hôtel Le Meurice

228 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris Phone : 01 44 58 10 10 www.dorchestercollection.com
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The 8th edition of the Meurice Prize for contemporary art

Before the opening of the FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair) next October, 12th ÉÀ&(, will be held the 12th edition of the Meurice Prize for contemporary art, with a temporary exhibition shown until October 25th. It is a very unique prize organized by the Parisian luxury hotel, which reaffirms its position as a patron of the arts for younger artists. It covers all mode of expression and rewards an international project proposed by an artist and his gallery. The exhibition is open to the public and will present the 6 finalists oh the 8th edition. But who will be the winner? An exceptional moment with a competition much appreciated by the art world.

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