Today, the child and pet friendly Hotel Le Meurice remains one of the most fashionable luxury hotels in the city thanks to its excellent location, beautiful interiors with a blend of classic and modern decor, formal ambiance, impeccable service and gourmet restaurants. We enjoyed our stay and would gladly return.
The hotel offered children’s candies and sweet treats in the room on arrival. In addition to a special children’s room service, the Happy Meurice Package included a teatime signed by Camille Lesecq in the Le Dalí restaurant. There was babysitting service, strollers and high chairs available on request.
Class Of Accommodation Five Star Hotel
Concierge Léonard Crépiat
Connectivity A 24-hour high speed connection to the internet cost us 20 euros.
General Manager Franka Holtmann
Handicapped Access Five rooms were located next to elevators and designed with extra large doors at the entrance and in the showers to allow wheelchair access. There was braille on the elevator keys.
Length Of Stay Two nights
Location On the famous Rue de Rivoli in the heart of Paris.
Owned-Managed Bruneï Investment Agency (BIA)
Pets Allowed Yes . According to promotional materials, “for more than 100 years, Le Meurice has been happy and proud to welcome guests and their dogs.” Dogs of guests receive a tag and bowl engraved with their name, a selection of small toys to play with, guided walks with a groom in the Tuileries gardens, baskets to sleep in during their stay, and a Salvador Dali inspired egg with an haute couture faux-fur trim.
Size The 160-room hotel occupied the entire seven story building and employed 400 staff.
Year Opened-Renovated The hotel was established in 1835. The most recent renovations of the lobby, bar and restaurants were completed in 2007. Philippe Starck was brought in to assist with the renovations at that time.
Franka Holtmann, the general manager, invited Philippe Starck to redefine the interiors of Le Meurice. Beyond the eighteenth-century decor, his concept was to draw the eyes to “a harmony of beige tones highlighted with red and black, to wood, glass and metal, to touches of velvet, satin and leather. The surprising and the sublime lovingly entwine in this most French of palaces, for the delight of all our senses… for absolute well-being.” The décor was designed to contrast the classic with the contemporary, playing off Salvador Dali themes (he had spent time as a guest in the hotel) and to emphasize stone, gold, earth, and warm tones.
Past the minibar and on the same side of the hallway, there was a closet with hanging space behind painted wood double doors. A door in the same design led into the room itself. The room was populated with two twin beds with duvet covers and three pillows, set next to each other and against a cloth and wood elegant headboard framed by matching glass topped wood night tables with lamps. One night table had an Alcatel telephone and another had a iPod doc.
Elaborate pale yellow walls, high white ceilings with moldings, a crystal lamp in the center of the room and two wall lamps across from the bed. A dual tone taupe carpet covered the floors. The wall to wall carpet had a subtle pattern in the center which was framed by a solid color in the center. There was a small wood table with a marble top near the room entrance. Next to the bed, and across the room from the desk, there was a tall built-in closet with shelf and hanging space and a flatscreen Samsung television on a shelf in the middle.
Natural light filtered through two large vertical windows that opened onto a central courtyard. The unexceptional view was of the courtyard and facing hotel room windows. See through white shades covered the windows while thick dark curtains protected the room from sunlight and added privacy at night. An additional set of taupe metal curtains framed the windows. Between the two windows there was a pretty wood desk facing the wall with an armless chair, a lamp, a second corded phone and information materials. A luggage rack occupied the left corner of the room. Across from the bed there were two gold and brown upholstered armchairs with a marble top round table between them where a white orchid sat in a simple pot. Two gold and glass framed photos hung above the bed and another larger one hung on the wall opposite the bed.
The temperature was controlled via a central air conditioner with a digital thermostat; its vents high on the wall above the built-in closet.
Le Dali also served “French style” afternoon tea daily from 3.30 p.m. until 6.30 p.m. During our stay we sampled the Terroir Tasting Menu at Le Meurice that focused on the products from the area surrounding Paris. The dining room itself was beautiful with Louis XVI decor, ceiling and wall art, tiled floors dating back to the early 1800s and handsome white marble with black streaks. The service was excellent.
One afternoon we stopped for a drink at Le Bar 228. At first we were turned away because we had no reservations although the bar was mostly empty. As we walked away toward our room the staff person asked us if we were guests. When we confirmed we were he immediately procured a table for us and offered to send our shopping bags and coats to the room. We enjoyed the cozy ambiance and drinks.
Facilities There were two restaurants, Le Meurice and Le Dali, Le Bar 228, five meeting rooms, and Spa Valmont for Le Meurice.
Fitness Center And Spa The 300 square meter Spa Valmont for Le Meurice had three treatment rooms for facial and body treatments and a fitness area with ten machines. During the warm seasons it was possible to have a snack or relax at the spa’s terrace with umbrellas, deckchairs, and little tables.
Two new conference rooms, Le Grand Castiglione and Le Petit Castiglione, were capable to hosting professional meetings and conferences around light lunch menus supervised by Chef Yannick Alléno.
Other Security was a big part of the hotel features. On entering the building a staff person approached us to inquire what we sought. It was necessary for us to insert our room key in the elevator in order to reach our floor. Although most of the time the room was quiet we sometimes heard sounds from neighboring rooms and there were sounds of construction (hammering and drilling on the morning and late afternoon of our arrival).
Among the famous figures who had stayed at the hotel were Grace Kelly, Salvador Dali, Kirsten Scott Thomas, Albert Einstein and Orsen Wells.
Date Of Review March 2011
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Service There was twice daily maid service, including evening turndown. The maid brought two extra pillows.The staff we interacted with were attentive and efficient.
Would You Stay There Again? Yes