Le Meurice | something old, something new

Le Meurice is the oldest palace hotel in the city of Paris. Built in 1835, it underwent a $90 million renovation in 2000 that restored the hotel to its original splendor. I have been anxious to see Le Meurice, as I believe it has the best location in Paris, and I had that opportunity during a site visit last week.

I loved this hotel. The property still has the traditional ambiance of a palace hotel. You feel like you're in an elegant, traditional property, and most of all you feel like you are in Paris (not in a stylish hotel that just happens to be in Paris). The subtle color schemes of the guest rooms and public spaces add to this effect. The bathrooms still have the "old" gray marble that helps convey the elegance of yesteryear. And the three-star Michelin restaurant features the stunningly beautiful dining room pictured above (as well as wonderful food served by waiters in tuxedos and tails).

The hotel was successful in combining the old with the new. Guests benefit from every modern comfort. Bedrooms have very comfortable beds and free broadband internet connections, either by ethernet or wireless. The clock radio features an iPod dock. Bathrooms provide double vanities, a large tub, and a great separate shower. And in the lobby bar, the new ceiling painting has drawn much attention. While the colors match the dining room next door, the design is bold and trendy.

I highly recommend Le Meurice. Booked through a Virtuoso luxury travel consultant, guests receive a significant discount from the published rates as well as very worthwhile amenities--a free daily American Breakfast (either in the elegant restaurant or by room service), an upgrade on arrival if available, and more. Feel free to contact me for a no-obligation rate quote and full description of the amenities and other promotions. Virtuoso offers the best values in luxury travel.

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