The hotel favoured by Queen Victoria, the Spanish royal family and the Maharajah of Jaipur, Le Meurice is still one of the finest in Paris, located just a few moments from the Louvre. Founded in 1835, the seven-storey hotel is as elegant and regal as its history might suggest, whilst still being comfortable and welcoming.
Perhaps it’s the fact that after Salvador Dalí’s ocelots came to stay, nothing seems particularly outrageous, but the staff at Le Meurice are unflappable. Alongside the grandeur and formality, there’s a fun-loving side to the hotel; in the lobby, amidst all the polished marble and glittering chandeliers, there’s a frosted mirror on which you can leave a message or scrawl your signature. New Philippe Starck interiors give the hotel a modern kick. The rooms and suites are clad in silk and satin, with huge marble bathrooms.
Michelin-starred chef, Alain Ducasse, takes the helm of Le Meurice’s dining options, which include the much-admired Restaurant Le Meurice and Restaurant Le Dalí, which features an Ara Starck ceiling mural. Bar 228 is home to nightly live jazz, and for total relaxation, you might want to pop into Le Meurice’s popular Spa Valmont for a rejuvenating treatment.