228 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75001
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- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Foodies, Honeymooners, Art, History, People watching, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Food - Expert review of Hôtel Meurice
The Meurice has been a symbol of grand hotel splendour ever since it opened in the early 19th century serving British travellers to the Continent but it has also known how to modernise, combining chandeliers with every modern comfort. I love this place because it somehow succeeds in feeling very special yet also welcoming and despite international standards of luxury remains very Parisian.
Regally positioned opposite the Tuileries gardens on a grand arcaded avenue. A great Right Bank location very near both the Musée du Louvre and cutting-edge fashion shops.
160 sumptuous rooms and suites have kept their Louis XVI styling but been recently redone in gentle pastel shades and seductive satins. Bathrooms are grandiosely marble with separate shower and bath. The suites, most of them overlooking the Tuileries gardens, are bigger than most Parisian apartments, with vast salons and dressing rooms. The Presidential Suite on the 1st floor has vast windows overlooking the Tuileries and can be linked up with adjoining suites – or the entire floor if you wish. The 7th-floor Belle Etoile Suite is decked out in 19th-century style complete with butlers' pantry and has a vast roof terrace for sunning in splendour.
The reception rooms were recently revisited by Philippe Starck, with a frosted mirror in the lobby where guests can scrawl messages and surreal furnishings in the Dali lounge-restaurant-tea room, in reference to former habituee Salvador Dali.
Main restaurant Le Meurice is one of Paris's very top tables (book ahead) under chef Yannick Alléno in a splendid Neo-Recoco setting. Alléno also oversees the less formal Dali – very popular with the high-powered for a casually chic business lunch – where the menu varies from inventive modern dishes to a smart club sandwich and desserts you choose from the glass cabinet. It's also the place for Afternoon Tea. Off to the side, the Bar 228 is all wood panelling and leather.
The Valmont spa offers numerous facials and massages and promises you can leave with "the perfect face, body and complexion" – who could refuse? There's also a spacious gym.
The hotel has uniformed doormen, legions of flunkeys, twice-daily maid service, yet of all Paris's palace hotels, I think this is the one where the concierges somehow get the balance just right between deference and friendliness, providing a welcome for all from honeymoon couples and business magnates to families. Special menus and baskets can even be provided for pets, as can walkies for your dog in the Tuileries.
High-flying business execs and romantic couples, although there's also a real welcome for families (teddy bear, kid's passport, etc). All nationalities, notably British and American.
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- 228 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75001
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service