Paris 5 star hotel Le Meurice is located on rue de Rivoli opposite the Tuileries Garden between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum.
The history of the hotel began in 1771 in Calais, where upper-class British travelers on their way to Paris would arrive after crossing the Straits of Dover. Because so many British travelers stayed at Le Meurice, (where all the staff spoke English), the hotel was nicknamed ‘City of London’. And nowadays one the hotel features is attentiveness to the foreigners who are not fluent in French. Famous English author William Makepeace Thackeray once wrote, “If you don’t speak a word of French, if you like English comfort, clean rooms, breakfast and maîtres d’hôtel; if in a foreign land, you want your fellow countrymen around you, your brown beer, your friend and your cognac – and your water – do not listen to any of the messengers but with your best British accent cry heartily: ‘Meurice!’ and immediately, someone will come forward to drive you straight to the rue de Rivoli.”
There are 45 suites and junior suites, most of which overlook the Tuileries Garden and have spectacular views of the Paris skyline. On the first floor, two Presidential Suites offer high ceilings and sumptuous furnishing throughout. Prestige Suites – on the second and third floors of the hotel, have their own beautifully designed living rooms. The Marco Polo Suite on the sixth floor is a uniquely atmospheric apartment with an exotic décor evoking the journeys of the 13th century traveler, whilst Belle Etoile Suite – on the seventh floor, has a vast private terrace with spectacular panoramic views of Paris. The hotel has six specially adapted rooms for disabled guests with full facilities, as well as a special entrance in the hotel lobby. Non-smoking rooms are located on the third and fourth floors of the hotel and are available upon request.
The hotel is also offering marvelous Banqueting and meeting rooms if you’re planning a special celebration or an important business event and Spa Valmont if you are looking for the oasis of relaxation and tranquility.
Restaurant le Meurice serves Haute French cuisine in an elegant dining room with magnificent décor originally inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles, and reinterpreted in 2007 by Philippe Starck- a French product designer and probably the best known designer in the New Design style.
Restaurant Le Dali (One of the hotel’s most outrageous guests was the surrealist painter Salvador Dali, who spent at least one month per year at Le Meurice)
Bar 228 (The bar named after the hotel’s address on 228 rue de Rivoli, this place has become “the rendez-vous” of Parisians)
Yannick Alléno- the Head Chef at the le Meurice has been awarded a third star, the Michelin Guide’s highest honor–is called as one of the youngest Paris culinary geniuses.