What We Love
- One of the best locations in all of Paris, right near the Louvre
- Looking out the windows onto the Tuileries Garden just across the street
- The public spaces and restaurants, refurbished in 2016, designed by Philippe Starck
What To Know
- There are thoughtful offerings for kids, including treasure hunts around the hotel and Le Petit Prince bath products
- The bathroom in the top-floor Belle Etoile Royal Suite has 360-degree views of Paris and its own Jacuzzi
- Prices for everything from breakfast to pet-sitting are high, even for a hotel of this caliber
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This Louis XVI–style hotel is the pinnacle of Paris hospitality, with views of the Eiffel Tower, top-hatted doormen, and the kind of services that go above and beyond, all the way to walking and babysitting your dog. Rooms are spacious, especially considering the prime real estate the hotel occupies, and are kitted out with regal period-style furniture and pastel silks as well as massive walk-in closets—the oversized marble bathrooms in particular are fit for a king. Other major draws include Spa Valmont, which offers Swiss treatments from customized facials to massages, and the two-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse restaurant currently helmed by Jocelyn Herland. Its very specific décor style, inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles but filled with white Eero Saarinen “tulip” chairs, exemplifies what the hotel does so well: old-school glamour with playful modern touches. Don’t leave without signing your name in the frosted mirror at the hotel’s entrance.
In the Area
Le Meurice might just have the best location of any hotel in the city, right on the the rue de Rivoli in between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre. For easy access to other parts of Paris, there are two Metro stops within blocks. Shoppers can empty their wallets on the nearby rue St-Honoré (and earn their money back in the financial district, also within walking distance). Walk through the Tuileries and over the Seine to reach the Musée d’Orsay, home to the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces. For more modern art, stop at the Centre Pompidou, a walk of less than 30 minutes. For a dinner with a particularly Parisian quality, try the quirky Très Honoré, which has terrace seating for good weather and a cozy dining room for bad; afterwards, head down to the retro bar in the basement for a digestif.
How to Get There
This iconic hotel certainly lives up to its reputation. The interiors are plush and sumptuous, the suite large and atmospheric, the location unbeatable, and the cuisine superb. But where Le Meurice really soars well above and beyond many other star hotels is its sterling service. The staff are all courteous, helpful and efficient; we were visiting with our nine year old daughter and mentioned casually during check-in that we were in Paris to see Swan Lake at Opera Bastille in the evening: an hour later, our little one had a little hand-written, personally-addressed welcome note with a mini encyclopaedia on Ballet all gift-wrapped with a fluffy teddy waiting for her in the room! Now that is what I call the epitome of service. The room service, the experience in the bar, at the Dali restaurant and at breakfast (under the most gorgeous jaw-dropping setting in restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse) were all simply outstanding: everywhere, the attention to detail was noteworthy. Even the hotel chauffeur service was exemplary: we were picked up at 10:45 pm from the Opera in a Merc-Maybach by our chauffeur who constantly texted us to let us know where he was parked conveniently for us, bang in the middle of a busy roundabout (we found him easily).
In summary, a fabulous hotel experience where service is king. And so should it be. I am sold.
I dont know where to start with Le Meurice. It's one of my gold standard hotels around the world. From the moment you walk in you are treated with exemplary service. Actually before you walk in since the doorman are exemplary as well. My wife and I got married here and I have stayed at this hotel twice. Both times it was an amazing experience. The food is perfect, the rooms are perfect, the location is perfect and the staff is perfect. And the bar...its straight out of an old black and white movie, perfect. I really dont have enough good things to say about this place. If you can do it, do it.
The last time I stayed here was 40 years ago. This hotel is perfect. The staff are so friendly and helpful. Everyone. We have a deluxe room that is very large. Bathroom is great. Upon arrival we had the best club sandwich we had ever had. Breakfast is fantastic. Tonight we are dining in the hotel at alain ducasse. This hotel is not inexpensive but worth every euro.
Our usual hotel choice had been Mandarin Oriental and for this trip, we decided to give Le Meurice a try. We were there for 3 nights and overall, it wasn't a bad stay. The front of the house staff were all above and beyond friendly. We had a super pleasant arrival and check-in experience. The room is spacious and quiet. However, there were just a few things that had us go "hummm... that wouldn't happen at MO".
1. Slow doesn't begin to describe the breakfast service at Le Dali. Because of the setting, it wasn't obv where you go to get a table. We were standing around trying to find someone to help us for a good 2 mins before someone indicated she will be with us shortly. That shortly turned into another good 3-4 mins wait. and no, the place wasn't busy. After we sat down, that was it. No water, no menu, no "would you like coffee or tea?" NOTHING. I had to flag someone down after waiting for about 10 mins to ask if we can have the menu and coffee. This would NEVER happen at MO.
2. No turndown service. 1st night, I was sick so we had a do not disturb sign on. 2nd night, we went out for dinner and got back around 8.30 or 9pm (early by Paris standard, i suppose). No turn down. We later got a card slipped into our room that asked us to call house cleaning if we need anything. 3rd night, again, we had an early dinner at 730 and got back around 9? no turndown service.
3. The pillows were SO FLAT. No support at all. We use the throw pillows to add more height. At MO, you can choose your own pillow styles. And b/c we stay there often, they got our choices down!
4. On both nights when we returned to the hotel after a day out and about + dinner, the security guard blocked the entrance and asked us if we were staying there. It's probably a security measure given the recent yellow vest unrest in Paris. However, it was odd and didn't feel right. Not to mention, I think we look obviously tourists? Unless they think we don't look like we can afford to stay at le meurice? I don't know.
Overall, not a bad stay. In the future, if the prices are comparable, we'll be going back to MO. But if Le Meurice is cheaper say by 30% or more, then I don't mind staying here and save the money for shopping and fine dinning in the city of love.
We stayed here for four nights over the New Year holiday. Overall I enjoyed my stay. Perhaps it was the higher than usual expectation (with room rate north of 1000 euro one would only expect the best of the best), by the end of my stay, a few things fell short of perfection.
Let me start with the good:
- The front of the house staff here are up to the standard and are genuinely nice. From front desk to concierge, to restaurant attendants, all the encounters were pleasant.
- The room we were assigned to was newly renovated (according to the lady checking us in), and it was very fresh and pristine. It strikes a good balance between the luxurious French classics and modern simplicity.
- If you travel from outside of EU, you don't need to worry about adapters as there was one placed in our room as well as many USB ports. It was a very thoughtful design.
- The bed was super comfortable, one of the best ones we've slept in.
- We loved our breakfast experience at Alain Ducasse, the restaurant. The food quality was great and service impeccable. I didn't catch her name, but the lady with thick black-framed glasses remembered my tea preference when we came down the second day. It is employees like her that set the guest experience to a higher level.
- The concierge helped us with restaurant reservation and taxi. They get things done very efficiently.
- The overall interior design and up-keeping is fabulous. There are fresh flowers everywhere, in the room as well.
Now the not-so-good:
- First and foremost, why on earth would a hotel of this caliber CHARGE for in-room coffee machine?! I looked up and down the room for the espresso machine and couldn't find one so I called the front desk. I was informed that they could place one in my room but they're going to charge for it (45 or 65 euro, I couldn't remember the precise amount), and for each additional espresso pod they'll charge 5 euro. I was left speechless. The espresso machine and complimentary pods (varying from 4 to a dozen) has been in every single (luxury) hotel we have stayed in, whether it was in Asia, Europe, or America. Just to compare, we continued our trip in France after Le Meurice and stayed in Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace. Guess what, Waldorf has espresso machine in room and offers 6 complimentary pods. I have NEVER EVER been to a hotel that does not provide complimentary in room coffee/tea of some sort. Even Hampton Inn from Hilton has free bagged tea and coffee in the room. Does an espresso machine and a few pods really make that much a different when the guest is paying over 1000 euro for a night? I don't know. But for sure that's something I'll remember forever.
- The housekeeping was very inconsistent. Don't get me wrong, they get the basic done right. But some day they would leave a big bottle of water, some day not. Some day they would turn down with chocolate, some day not. So what's the standard and what can the guest expect? I was left a bit confused.
- We requested a shaving kit and a dental kit. First I waited about 30 minutes and nobody came. I called again, and this time somebody came with three dental kits but no shaving kit. It was late and we were tired so I didn't follow up, plus it wasn't a big deal.
- We ordered in-room breakfast for our last day, which was a so-so experience. The food was good, presentation fine, except for the missing items. I ordered (and the gentleman on the phone confirmed) fruit salads and water, but they weren't delivered. The waiter was nice enough to fetch them for us and he informed me that the restaurant didn't have those in the record, which left me wonder: was I dreaming when I got the confirmation over the phone? Another small touch, the waiter didn't offer to pour coffee or tea for us. Again, not a big deal and he was very professional and efficient. But for Le Meurice, I hold a higher standard.
All in all, I did enjoy my stay at Le Meurice (or at least tried to ignore the no-so-good part). I was a bit disappointed by the service hiccups mentioned above. Next time when I come to Paris, I probably will try another property. Ideally one with in-room coffee machine that is complimentary.