Le Meurice was built in 1815 as the first palace hotel in Paris. It sits across from the Tuileries Garden, and is a stone’s throw from The Louvre and Musée des Arts Decoratifs.
Recently, the property tapped interior designer Charles Jouffre to oversee the refresh of the hotel rooms, along with the creation of the new Pompadour Suite. Featuring a solid oak Versailles parquet, Regency-style wood paneling, hidden doors, a Louis XV fireplace, cornices, chandeliers, rich trimmings by Maison Declerq, and lots of velvet, the new designs simply scream luxury.
Philippe Starck was also brought in to update the interiors of the common spaces, like the restaurants Le Meurice and Le Dali (pictured above), Le Bar 228, and the Galerie Pompadour, while Alain Ducasse was assigned to run the culinary concepts.
So naturally, we paid a visit to the property in June, in order to check out the 160-room hotel. Here’s what we did during our first 12 hours in Paris.
Arrive at the hotel. It’s too early for the room to be ready, so we enjoy freshly-baked goods (a croissant tower!), strong coffee, and fruit at the sumptuous, two Michelin-starred Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse off the lobby. It looks like a room out of Marie Antoinette.
Get into our gorgeous suite overlooking the Tuileries Garden. Unpack in this 800-square-foot room, decorated with rich fabrics, touches of gold, and marble and Louis XVI-style furniture.
Back at the hotel to unwind after a long day. Visit the luxurious Valmont Spa for a quick run on the treadmill. Make note to come back for a massage another day, and then head back to the suite to get ready for dinner.
Head out for the night. Tonight, we are dining at Rech, a seafood restaurant, which is a nice walk across the Seine from the hotel.
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