Queen Victoria stayed so often at Le Meurice in Paris that it became known as the “Hotel of Kings”. It’s easy to see why she and other royals have returned there so often. With sweeping views of the Tuileries and, if you’re on the right floor, much of the City of Light, this 207-year-old gem on rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement is both at the center of the action and above, offering respite and closeness to the hubbub beyond its immaculate Louis XVI-style interiors.
From Alain Ducasse’s serene Le Dali restaurant, known for its ceiling mural by Philippe Starck’s daughter, Ara, diners can sit with perfectly cooked scrambled eggs and enjoy the entertainment from a distance. constant stream of celebrities and the stream of luxury. shopping bags. The public is particularly captivating during the biannual parades of the ready-to-wear and haute couture collections. With the fall couture season kicking off this summer, General Manager Franka Holtmann shared some of her personal favorites, both inside the hotel and outside its walls, for those planning a return to Paris, which we believe may well be the healthiest city in the world.
Tell me about Le Meurice’s signature suite. What makes it special?
Our signature suite is La Parisienne. It was renovated a few years ago, and when we discussed the project with our architects, the goal was to create a contemporary suite. We wanted it sexy, vibrant and with a Parisian touch and attention to detail. When you enter this attic suite, you can immediately see through the bathroom, as it is a single open space where you capture the warm and harmonious atmosphere with sparkling white-gold curtains reflecting the sun. It’s the perfect place for honeymooners or romantic getaways. A very chic place, my absolute favorite, and the only one in this style.
What is the suite starting price and what kind of guest packages can you create based on that?
We can offer a honeymoon package but also a special offer for art lovers. The rate starts from 2800 euros up to 3500 euros per night.
Tell me about some of the miracles your concierge staff has worked for guests, honeymooners, and singles!
Our concierges work miracles every day. They have to facilitate last minute requests for the opera, new trendy restaurants, but also sometimes guests forget their belongings when leaving the hotel and our concierge has to send a groom on the next train or plane to bring him back. During the pandemic, they had to work miracles to get the PCR tests in time before the flights took off, and I have to say they did very well in that regard. What is amazing with this team is that it has a real knowledge of the cultural aspect of our environment which is constantly updated by our head concierge.
What feature of the hotel do you think new visitors will find surprising?
There are several things and I hesitate between La Belle Etoile, our penthouse suite where you feel in seventh heaven and our pastry shop displaying the trompe l’oeil sculpted fruit of the talented Cédric Grolet, who has 2 million followers on Instagram. His subtle creations are constantly evolving. I could also mention our famous Maison Valmont.
What else do you have coming in 2022?
We will continue our gentle renovation of the rooms combining the splendor of the 18th century with modern touches and real comfort such as unique bedding, user-friendly technology and sophisticated lighting.
Are there any special experiences guests should ask her upon arrival?
They could ask for our special offer “in the footsteps of Picasso”, in a nod to our arty origins. They will also be able to book a dinner at our chef’s table, a unique place offering a breathtaking view of gourmet cuisine in a magical setting with the privilege of meeting the chef and learning more about his inventive cuisine.
What sights, shops and restaurants near Le Meurice should visitors visit this year?
My personal suggestions include: Astier de Villatte, where you’ll find exquisite crockery and quintessentially French wares; Galignani, the most famous bookstore next to Le Meurice; The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is a French cultural institution a few steps from the hotel. You can also visit the Bourse de Commerce, a beautiful building by Tadao Ando which currently houses a Charles Ray exhibition. [through June 6]. In terms of restaurants, I’m a fan of Jean-François Piège’s Mimosa where you can stop off when visiting the Hôtel de la Marine, a must.
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