Le Meurice

  • Paris Hotel Le Meurice

A Palace in Paris


228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 - Le Meurice website

Any discussion about Paris hotels must include a palace. I chose the 180-year-old Le Meurice because of its authentic French charm.

The origins of the hotel dates back from 1771 when Augustin Meurice, founder of the hotel, created a new style of hotel to attract clients from Britain. The hotel hence opened at the terminus of the diligence from Calais, on rue de Rivoli. This very original concept was to offer services that would simplify the life of English-speaking travellers like the settlement of administrative formalities, making available rooms for conversation, a bureau de change, and staff speaking English.

It’s only in 1835 that Le Meurice hotel moved to a new luxury building opposite the Tuileries Gardens, its current address.

The hotel has been revamped several times ever since, with its latest renovation being in 2006, some of it by Philippe Starck and his daughter, incorporating touches of contemporary design while staying true to its tradition of “bon goût”.

Sleeping elsewhere? You can still experience its grandeur with lunch or afternoon tea at the Le Dali restaurant (Salvator Dali was a hotel regular).

If you pass on its exquisite pastries, perhaps check out its chic “bar 228”, with live jazz performed nightly. They also boast a Michelin-star restaurant by chef Alain Ducasse.

Le Meurice is conveniently located opposite the Tuileries Gardens, and the front rooms enjoy one of the most beautiful views in Paris. The hotel also has a fantastic spa, by Valmont.



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