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Fodor's Paris 2014
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At a Glance
- stunning art and architecture
- views over the Tuileries gardens
- central location convenient to métro and major sites
- popularity makes the public areas not very discreet
- inconsistent front desk service at times unattentive
- très expensive.
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Hôtel Meurice Review
Since 1835, the Meurice has welcomed royalty and celebrities from the Duchess of Windsor to Salvador Dalí—who both resided in the grande dame establishment—and Paris' first palace hotel continues to please with service, style, and views. Le Meurice also appeals to art history aficionados: contemporary sculpture, antique furnishings, and attractive murals are spread around the rooms, corridors, and sumptuous dining areas. Upon entering the majestic foyer, look for the oversize "frozen mirror" that beckons guests to interact with a gold-framed frost panel as an experiment in ethereal art. French designer Philippe Starck contributed to the exquisitely creative decor in the lobby, lounge, restaurant, and spa. Classic rooms have a gilded Napoleonic Empire style, with antique furnishings covered in elegant French and Italian brocades. The massive Belle Etoile Suite has an extraordinary 360-degree panorama and outdoor terrace measuring nearly 3,000 square feet–the only one of its kind in Paris. Bathrooms are equally luxurious with marble detailing, designer toiletries, and deep tubs. The modern spa includes Swiss Valmont facials, Thermes Marins de St-Malo body treatments, and "By Terry" makeovers. If traveling with kids, expect children to be pampered with their own Meurice teddy bear called Pistache, tot-size slippers and bathrobe, and sweet treats. Even a premium pet service provides a VIP's welcome for furry family members. The three-star Michelin restaurant run by famed executive chef Yannick Alléno serves gastronomic menus in one of the most beautiful Grand Siècle settings in the city. Tea time in the central Dali restaurant is a marvelous treat.
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