Kings and queens, diplomats, authors, artists, movie stars and starlets alike have all directed their drivers to 228 Rue di Rivoli, Paris, the address of the famed Hotel Le Meurice—and this ain’t just any hotel.
Guests here should take the time to read up on the property’s history, featuring appearances by the likes of Salvador Dali, Rudyard Kipling, King George VI and the King of Spain Alphonse XIII, Ginger Rogers and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few.
Ideal for shopping, Hotel Le Meurice is just opposite the Tuileries Gardens, a minute’s walk east to the Champs Elysees, famous for its high-end outlets. To the west, meanwhile, your clients can spend days exploring the Louvre—trust us, they’ll need all the time they can get.
But Hotel Le Meurice itself is nearly a museum in its own right, showcasing 18th century architecture and the decor of Louis XVI. And, after its most recent encounter with designer Philippe Starck, the property is left in a refreshed contemporary chic style that continues to pay tribute to its past.
Two restaurants at Hotel Le Meurice offer meals so exquisite you’d think they were made for royalty. Yannick Alleno heads the fine dining restaurant concept Restaurant le Meurice, where the hotel says meals are served “with precision, without extravagance, faithful to true flavors and excellently presented.” For a truly immersive experience, have your clients dine at the Chef’s Table located directly in the kitchen. Meanwhile at Restaurant le Dali, your clients will feel the spirit of Salvador Dali—once a yearly resident of the property—through the expressive decor that includes footed chairs featuring ladies shoes, lamps with drawers, and the famous lobster telephone of Hotel Le Meurice.
Guests have their nightcaps at Bar 228, sipping one of the 17 exclusively-Le Meurice cocktails on the menu while getting into the groove with two jazz musicians who play nightly.
Valmont, an upscale brand of Swiss cosmetics, is the leading authority at Hotel Le Meurice’s onsite Spa Valmont. Treatments range from facials to scrubs, massages to mani-pedis. The 860-sq.-ft. fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment, while the spa’s terrace is the perfect place for pre- and post-treatments, offering umbrella-shaded deckchairs and a light menu of vitamin-packed salads, detox macaroons, fresh fruit and vegetable juices and more.
The crowning touches of any hotel, of course, are the guestrooms. At Hotel Le Meurice, 160 guestrooms and suites span seven floors, each featuring a private bar with refrigerator, oversized marble bathrooms, complimentary shoeshine service, cabled and wireless Internet access, TV Internet connection with wireless keyboard, laptop computers and fax machines with an assigned private fax number available in-room, jukebox with 1,500 titles, interactive TV entertainment system and iPod radio-alarm clock.
Of those 160 though, 42 are suites and jr. suites, which overlook the Tuileries Gardens and feature views of the Paris skyline and its monuments. The most exceptional suite available would have to be the top floor Belle Etoile Royal Suite, where a 360 degree view awaits from the 2,691-sq.-ft. terrace, featuring sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera and the Grand Palais—all of this complementary to the 2,960-sq.-ft. of indoor living space.Guests lucky enough to call this space their home will enjoy private elevator access, a sitting room, dining room, pantry, kitchen, walk-in closet, expansive Italian marble bathroom with whirlpool bath, and spacious bedroom. And if this isn’t enough space for your guests, they always have the option to add two adjoining rooms for a combined 3,982-sq.-ft. apartment.
Rates for the Royal Suite are given only by request, but we can share standard rates with you, which start at $985 per night. Current specials include the Discover Paris package, which offers rates from $660 per night. For more information, call (800) 650-1842 or visit lemeurice.com.