A grand history in the City of Lights
The opulent Le Meurice hotel is located in the heart of Paris, France, just across the street from the Tuileries Gardens, The Louvre museum and the Musee d’Orsay. The hotel maintains an impeccable and flawless mien, while still showing the soft glow of the patina of history. The lobby looks out to the winter garden with its shimmering glass ceiling. A discreet staff will provide for any inquiries and can help plan the busy traveler’s day with suggestions for upscale shopping and the best time to visit monuments.
The history of Le Meurice is long and dotted with royal names and the etoiles of stage, screen, the literary world and fashion. Many celebrities have used Le Meurice as their Parisian pied à terre. Founded over 200 years ago, the original clientele in 1771 were largely British travelers on the long journey to Paris, put up in a coaching inn owned by Charles-Augustin Meurice. A second inn opened in 1817 in Paris to welcome the guests after their long journey. The hotel moved to its present location in 1837.
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.’
Throughout the years, the hotel became a haven for aristocracy and noted for lavish dinners that could go on for hours.
Current guests can still enjoy the beautiful rooms, careful and attentive service and the echoes of history at Le Meurice. The rooms themselves continue the elegance of the lobby with oil paintings, oriental carpets and historical furniture. The marble baths were upgraded in a recent renovation so all feature spacious tubs and showers with high speed jets.
The extremely exclusive restaurant, also called Le Meurice, is a favorite of gourmands and extends the history of grand hospitality even further.
Location: 228 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France 75001; 40 min by taxi to Charles de Gaulle, may vary due to traffic.
Luxury style: History lives at Le Meurice and tradition is revered from the greyhound emblem on the logo to the customs of service honored by staff from top to bottom. History buffs and connoisseurs will enjoy the ministrations of Le Meurice and of course,if you are a queen or an internationaljetsetting playboy, you will feel right at home.
What we’ve heard: Le Meurice lives up to its reputation and service, all with a definite French flavor.