Posh in Paris: A Stay at Hotel Le Meurice
Regal rooms with views of the Eiffel Tower and the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre. The lovely Spa Valmont. And a bar where you can buy Dom Pérignon by the glass. Welcome to Paris’s Hotel Le Meurice.
I recently had a chance to visit this posh sleep spot during a trip to the city of lights. Since moving to its Rue de Rivoli location in 1835, Le Meurice — known as the hotel of kings and queens — has hosted the likes of European royalty and famous names including Salvador Dalí and Elizabeth Taylor.
This Dorchester Collection hotel is home to 160 rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated in lush fabrics and warm woods. Springing for a suite is well worth it for the views of the Tuileries Garden alone. Other unique touches for guests include offering pre-loaded iPods for those interested in going for a jog.
You can also get your relaxation on at the hotel’s Spa Valmont where I tried out the Bulle Emotionnelle treatment — one of the spa’s signature facials. (I left my appointment with a face that felt refreshed and glowing.) The cozy but chic space is decorated in whites, bronzes, and celadon greens, and is home to a nail bar, state-of-the-art fitness room, sauna, and two hammams (think the Middle Eastern wet relative of the sauna).
For foodies, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Le Meurice, features a wine cellar that houses 616 bottles of wine and dishes that will tantalize the taste buds ranging from spicy lamb to sweetbreads.
Another dining option is Restaurant Le Dalí, the perfect place to enjoy bites including the croquet-monsieur, beef tartare, or the Dalí salad a la nicoise. If you enjoy afternoon tea, the nosh spot offers a not-to-be-missed experience of finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, tea, and champagne.
Just interested in drinks? Pop into Bar 228 where you can enjoy that glass of Dom I mentioned, a sip of cognac, or a Starcky cocktail, which is made with champagne, fresh ginger, and mint leaves.
I left the hotel hating to say “au revoir” but eagerly awaiting my next visit and opportunity to be posh in Paris.
For more information about Le Meurice, visit http://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/le-meurice.