I'm won't beguile you with describing the amazing service, impeccable lobby, sumptuous bar, and appropriately French rooms only to kidney punch you with the price. It's expensive but most of Paris costs a handsome pile of Euro and when I'm traveling half way around the world I don't want to compromise comfort concierge and cocktails (nice alliteration) to save. My better half had been to Paris a few times as an adult and was adamant about how important location is when doing the "MUST" sees. Although seldom right, she was spot on (hope she doesn't read this but it made me smile writing it) in this instance. We were right in the middle of everything. Walk out the revolving doors… Boom: Tuileries, d'Orsay, Louvre, Seine, etc… five minute cab to Eiffel, 15 minute walk to Pompidou and Marais and walking in Paris is the only way to go if convenient ifyou truly want to experience it. Stop off in a cafe for a cup or in our case a glass but we did see lots of people having cups.
Sorry I got off point here: Meurice. I promise I've been to a lot really nice hotels i.e. Savoy/Florence, Bellaire/LA, Capella/Cabo, Pierre/NYC.. you get the picture. So when my travel agent at Frosch, MT, dissuaded me from the Bristol, I was a bit apprehensive but went on her knowledge. As per usual, she was right. The staff was so lovely and spoke excellent English. We could only oblige with usually bad bon jours, ouis, and mercis. They smiled with what seemed genuine affection but secretly I was hoping they were laughing at our pitiful attempts because I was.
From the moment we walked in, we were attended to immediately. We arrived early and they showed us to a settee with coffee to catch our breath while our room was getting put together. It only took about 15 minutes. When we walked in we were blown away with the gilded 20ft (Or 6meters if you do the metric thing) ceilings and Louis XV furniture. However, and please don't judge, we smoke and this room was a non-smoking room so we were ushered up to another salon which was just a nice. All of this was done in a matter of 30 minutes upon arrival. That's amazing.
We didn't do a lot planning in the way of dining for our trip but with the concierge on staff at Le Meurice we got into all of the eateries we wanted to with the exception of a restaurant that was closed throughout the holiday season. To do it over again though, I'd definitely make reservations before leaving for Paris through the gentlemen downstairs and let them work their magic with some wiggle room.
My favorite spot at Meurice was the bar 228. It just draws you in and warms your belly with dark rich tones saying " drink, relax, enjoy the company and luxurious surroundings that envelope you." Intimate and inviting with pleasant French/Jazz piano and patrons whom are cognizant of civilized conversation volume. I felt so sophisticated. Not really I felt like a total deviant in sheep's clothing. Delicious.
Our experience could not have been better. My only regret is that I didn't have the forethought to thank the staff on a more personal level because of our early flight and the poor weather gripping America.
Le Meurice you are the gold standard and you deserve all the accolades heaped upon you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Paris, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, lies one of Dorchester Collection’s gems; Le Meurice. Le Meurice, the first Parisian Palace hotel, has presided over Rue de Rivoli since 1835. Since its creation, Le Meurice has carried a sense of the grandeur and splendor of Versailles, of Kings and Queens, Patrons and artists, enthusiasts and adventurers – and has been perfecting l’art de vivre into a fine art for 190 years.Here, the past and present meet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meurice Paris
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