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A Surreal Stay at Le Meurice, Paris

Le Meurice is so much more than a luxury hotel in Paris, it’s a museum of oddities, a gallery of modern art and a cult classic in the heart of the City of Light. DSC_6608Le-Meurice
Like the Hôtel Plaze Athénée, Le Meurice is part of the renowned Dorchester Collection, but the two hotels are actually very different. Le-Meurice DSC_6605
As soon as we entered the hotel we were greeted by the unique Daliesque artwork that is characteristic of the hotel. Actually, Salvador Dali himself was a regular visitor and spent a month there every year for thirty years. The hotel has kept his spirit alive by naming their more casual restaurant, Le Dalí, after him and the eclectic collection of chairs and artwork pay homage to his work.
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Acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck revitalised the hotel in 2007 and created a totally visual feast with interesting surreal pieces that hark back to the work of Dali. Starck’s own daughter, Ara, created the dreamlike painting on the ceiling with the intention of bringing back the tradition of artists creating huge pieces for a public space.DSC_6757
I particularly liked this table, half bar and half grand piano, typical of the witty furnishings that decorate the hotel. The hotel has been one of the finest in Paris since 1835 and has been reinvented several times but I loved the way Starck captures the history with the traditional furnishings but keeps it modern and contemporary at the same time.
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The restaurant serves a menu of French cuisine but on Sunday there’s a gorgeous brunch offering beautifully presented sweets and savouries.

Our room wasn’t quite ready so we headed out for lunch. The hotel is very conveniently located and it was a short walk around the corner from our previous residence, Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre. Le Meurice was also located right next door to Angelina, a tea room famed for its incredible patisseries and hot chocolate.
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We vowed to get a hot chocolate when we returned for lunch but annoyingly when we got back at around 3.30pm, there was a queue going round the corner. Never mind, we were excited to see our room and spend some time enjoying the hotel. DSC_6670
Our Superior Room was totally lavish with gorgeous golden hues decorated in Louis XVI style with beautifully elegant furnishings and fixtures. Le-MeuriceDSC_6669 DSC_6673
And a sumptuous sofa and armchairs to recline on. DSC_6675
All the gilt touches such as the mirrors, table legs and wall etchings just added to the glamour and brought to mind previous residents of Le Meurice. It was a favourite of Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Ginger Rogers and more recently Beyonce has stayed several times. DSC_6717DSC_6681
A gorgeous marble bathroom with a luxurious clawfoot bath included robes and towels that all carried the gold insignia of Le Meurice.DSC_6689
We also had a gorgeous Juliette balcony.DSC_6693
With the perfect view of the Eiffel Tower and the Roue de Paris…it was even more beautiful at night…DSC_6726 DSC_6747
Before our final night out in Paris we headed down to the bar, named Bar 228 after the hotel’s address 228 rue de Rivoli, described as one of the world’s best bars.
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The bar has also been redesigned by Philippe Starck and it’s decked out with plush chocolate-brown leather sofas, crystal decanters and stylish wood panelling. There are over three hundred cocktails on the menu (!) and fifty different types of whisky! They also had my favourite champagne by the glass, the diet-friendly, Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut.
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The hotel is also home to a two-Michelin Star restaurant, Le Meurice Alain Ducasse, though we didn’t visit for dinner breakfast is eaten in the dining room. I think I can say with no exaggeration, it is quite simply the most beautiful dining room that I’ve ever laid eyes on. Chandeliers drip from the ceiling, exquisite artwork adorns the walls and an intricate tiled floor is perfect for the #Ihavethisthingwithfloors Instagram account. DSC_6845
The beautiful room was actually inspired by Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles and it truly is palatial. DSC_6849 DSC_6850
Sitting on the gorgeous Louis chairs as we admired the frescos and the stunning view of the Jardin des Tuileries from the window, we ordered our breakfast from the à la carte offering.
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All served elegantly with silver service and a gilt-edged crockery. This is how breakfast should be done!

As I mentioned in the introduction, Le Meurice is so much more than a hotel. Like an artist with a quirky personality, the hotel is alive with eccentricities, wit and magic.

Le Meurice
228 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
France
+33 1 44 58 10 10

  • oh wow!
    this looks absolutly fabulous. Paris is just one of those cities you simply can’t decide where to stay. And even worse, each time I come and visit there seems to be some new hotel opening or renovation of an old one…
    I love that bathroom! 🙂
    (and btw the red dress suites you extremly well :P)

    • I know! But of all the hotels I visited, I still love the Plaza Athenee the most, pertly for the special memories. And thanks for the compliment.

  • That view is incredible! What a fabulous sight. Such a shame about the hot choc at Angelina, so you’ll have to go back and try another time. 🙂 x

  • Oh my goodness Angie, this is beautiful! What a delightful hotel; as you say it’s definitely so much more than a hotel, it’s like staying in an art exhibition! I can’t get over that marble bathroom… Not sure you would have got me out that bath until I had been there for at LEAST an hour!!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • OMG … so many things … first of all, that gold shell chair is to DIE for!! Also … that marble bathroom? The dream. Lucky you!! xx

  • Miu

    I like the names being written with tiles. And 300 cocktails? I would have tremendous problems to choose one!

    • ha! True, or you could go nearly every day for a year and have a different one.

  • bethan

    Absolutely stunning, it looks like a palace! Actually it reminds me of the Apartments of Napoleon III in the Louvre

    Whilst it’s not my taste, that bathroom is something else too…

    Bethan | Ethical Entrepreneurship

  • Catherine Lux

    It looks soooo beautiful! In love with that bathroom, and that view is stunning!

    C x | Lux Life

  • TravelWithNanoB

    What a stunning hotel, Angie! Interior design and those unique pieces of furniture looked absolutely amazing. I also swooned over the dining room – pure decadence!

    • Isn’t it fabulous! Though some people might prefer very modern I really enjoyed a bit of both.

      • TravelWithNanoB

        I agree! Even when it comes to home interior design I prefer a little bit of both.

  • Oh, I’ve always wanted to stay at le Maurice!

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  • I’ve had lunch at Le Dali at Le Meurice, but the Sunday brunch looks amazing! I’m tempted to go back on my next trip.

  • Oh everything is such a perfect balance of quirky and luxurious, it reminds me of the best bits of The Sanderson in London! x

  • Looks like you had an amazing time! I want to jump on that bed!

  • What a beautiful hotel, everything inside looks fabulous! I love the old style and unique furnishes, it adds a very luxurious touch. Thanks for sharing!

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  • This hotel is like a treasure trove!! So stunning. Love the attention to detail in the decor – the piano table and tiled floors are just gorgeous. Best of all, the location and views are perfect. I hope you managed to get to Angelina in the end!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • I loved the tiled floors too! We didn’t make it to Angelina, the queue was so long and we just wanted to chance to enjoy the hotel too.

  • Rachel Hosie

    Wow, that hotel looks awesome! Lovely snaps, Angie 🙂 x

  • It looks amazing! So luxurious (:
    Nati xx
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  • Is these places real?! Your photos make it look like something off of a Wes Anderson film set. I have such itchy feet now!

    Erin xxx

    islandbell.co.uk

  • This is Parisien dreaming at it’s best!

  • This is definitely one of the most stunning yet elegant hotels ever! And the Meurice bar is my mother’s favourite 🙂 xx

  • Wow these are absolutely fantastic photos! What a brilliant experience for you 🙂 last time I went to Paris, I had a similar view of the Eiffel tower but was holed up in my friend’s Erasmus flat which was a tiny old storage room at the top of an old building! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

    • If you can see the Eiffel Tower, you really know that you’re in Paris.

  • Absolutely stunning pictures! Those chairs at the restaurant Le Dali are breathtaking. Are they functional as well, or merely art installations?

  • Bookmarking this for my next Paris trip. Angie your photography skills are seriously on point now! x

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Luxury + history = a great hotel! This one is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels 🙂

  • Wow, this hotel is really fancy! I’d love to stay there someday. Lovely pictures, it seems that you had a great time, Angie! Have a fantastic week! xx

    Ale | http://www.alemint.net

  • Ellie Adams

    Oh my goodness… Those chairs, that bathroom… everything! This looks so beautiful Angie, you’re not helping my Paris cravings!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

  • This is definitely a very special hotel. Love the décor and the grandeur of everything, without it being in any way tacky. And that bar looks epic! So sad you missed out on Angelina’s though 🙁 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • What a sumptuous hotel! Love the quirky details, it all looks fabulous 🙂

  • The sculpture and furnishings in Le Meurice is so unique – love those twisting Ionic columns and the mirror installation is like something out of Alice In Wonderland! And the breakfast looks so classy 🙂 x

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

  • That hotel is breathtakingly beautiful. What an amazing experience! I bet waking up to those views was just the best.

    Colleen xx

    blondeacrossthepond.com

  • This brunch table is every (French) girl’s dream come true!

    Sandra | Cake + Whisky

  • Gorgeous photography! Especially love that bathroom, and the bath!! <3

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