- Detailed Review
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The Versaille-style splendor of the Parisian hotel, Le Meurice, has drawn well-heeled guests to its doors for nearly 200 years. Already one of the city’s most stylish hotels (and undoubtedly one of its most historic), recent restorations have made it even more idyllic than ever. Its enviable location is also hard to beat – The Louvre is a ten-minute walk away, high-end boutiques are even closer and the hotel’s location on the rue de Rivoli means that the glorious Tuileries Gardens are, quite literally, just across the street.
Elegant rooms are well-appointed and pleasantly free of the over-the-top flashiness that defines many luxury Parisien hotels. They’re still plenty grand, though – the most formal among them are the historic first-floor suites with the upper floors providing more variety in size and design. Throughout, expect high ceilings, beautiful brocades, fresh flowers and palatial marble bathrooms. The crown jewel of the lot is the Belle Etoile Penthouse Suite with its private elevator and jaw-dropping 360-degree panoramic Paris views (as seen from an enormous private terrace). Oddly, coffee makers don’t come standard; a coffee with breakfast in the Salon de la Paix-inspired dining room will have to suffice.
Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse (in the aforementioned dining room) boasts two Michelin stars and serves subtle dishes that are consistently exemplary. Serving both classic French and Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of the hotel is Restaurant Le Dalí. The food here is exquisite but the dining room alone is worth going for; dreamy shades and abundant mirrors create a surreal landscape that pays homage to the artist the restaurant is named for. The handsomely decorated Bar 228 is the place to retire in the evenings (or, truly, at any time) to swap stories over artisanal cocktails.
The hotel’s small fitness centre is rather limited – fitness buffs would be better off getting their daily exercise by way of a jog through the gardens – and the lack of a pool is a bit disappointing. There is a spa, however, with a comprehensive list of treatments in a space that feels bright and refreshing.
Le Meurice is lovely year-round, but wintertime visits (during what the hotel calls “Festive Season”) are particularly memorable. The hotel is magically decorated with all manner of lights, greenery and ornamentation. Chilled bottles of Moët & Chandon await guests upon arrival, and the hotel’s restaurants adopt elaborate seasonal menus – including the most elegant Yule Log you’ll likely ever encounter.
How to get here
50 minutes by road from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
160 rooms & suites