A longtime resident of Paris, Le Meurice proudly overlooks the Garden des Tuileries
The lounge that shows off the best of French interior design at Le Maurice
The seriously seductive Bar 228
Restaurant Le Dali with its surrealistic Dalianesque ceiling, painted by Ara Starck
Classic perfection in design and cuisine at the Restaurant Le Maurice
The finest furnishings in perfect classic proportion — all yours in the Presidential Suite
As one of the most famous palatial Paris hotels, Le Maurice has been welcoming discerning guests for almost 200 years and still counting.
In 1771 postmaster Charles-Augustin Meurice launched his career as a hotelier when he opened an inn in Calais, France to receive arriving guests from across the English Channel. By 1817 he was providing coach service from Calais to Paris where he had built another inn. In 1835, The Hotel Le Meurice re-invented itself in grand fashion at its present site overlooking the Jardins des Tuileries.
The hotel became an immediate success and was an elite destination for high-profile guests including Queen Victoria and composer Tchaikovsky. In 1905, new hotel owners commenced a 2-year major renovation program. As with other luxury hotels of the early 20th century, individual guest bathrooms were added and other state-of-the-art improvements. Le Meurice continued to receive privileged clientele from around the world— royalty, government, and stars of film and fashion. Le Meurice also became the sought-after setting for Parisian society, weddings and formal dinners, and even live theater.
Recently, Le Meurice completed further major improvements. The public spaces were regenerated by the acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck. Starting with this well-preserved architectural gem, Starck and his design team have given us a great visual gift. The hotel’s original historic features have been restored and the interiors reinvigurated in glorious French fashion. The creative license given to Starck has produced irresistible public spaces that appeal to both international and French clientele.
Le Meurice offers 160 guest rooms and suites created by French interior designer Charles Jouffre. Rooms are elegantly laid out and appointed with the finest furnishings and accessories, relfecting the eternally-fashionable Louis XVI period.
Le Meurice offers two restaurants for fine dining. Restaurant Le Meurice has a formal, elegant setting in a beautifully-restored salon overlooking the Jardins des Tuileries. Restaurant Le Dali, named after a famous regular guest, features a surrealistic canvas painting on the ceiling, created by Phillipe Stark’s daughter Ara Starck. Light meals are served in the Bar 228. The menus are created by Chef Yannick Alleno, who has earned Restaurant Le Meurice 3 Michelin Stars for his culinary mastery.
Le Meurice has outstanding settings for social celebrations, meetings and corporate gatherings. The historic Pompadour Salon features dramatic ceiling heights, gilded moldings on walls and ceilings, and crystal chandeliers. Additional meeting and event spaces are available, some featuring a contemporary atmosphere.
Phillipe Starck extended his flare for the surreal in the Spa Valmont, featuring the products of Swiss-based Valmont. The spa’s curvalinear and geometric shapes, similar to those that inspired Dali, combine with soft colors and fabrics that collectively represent a most unusual and relaxing spa atmosphere.
Image source: the Dorcester Collection
Awards and certifications
Below are the awards and accolades gained by Le Meurice
- 2012 – Conde Nast Traveler US - Gold List
- 2012 – Conde Nast Traveler US – Top 100 Readers Choice 2nd Place Paris
- 2012 – Luxury Travel Advisor Award of excellence – Best Restaurant in a Luxury Hotel / Resort Worldwide
- 2012 – TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Top 25 Hotels in France
- 2102 – Conde Nast Traveller UK – Best Hotel in Europe for Food
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