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Art and culture

Artistic flair and history at Le Meurice

August 16, 2019

As we unveil 29 newly-restored rooms and suites, inspired by the beauty of Versailles, we invite you to take a look at some of our most fascinating highlights.

Many of the greatest artists and thinkers of our age have found inspiration within the walls of Le Meurice and now it’s your turn. Discover our unique blend of traditional splendour and modern luxury, with a personality rooted in artistic flair and Parisian history.

1. The first manned, hydrogen-filled balloon had lift-off from the Tuileries Garden in December 1783. We have been continually reaching new heights ever since.

2. The King of Spain, Alphonse XIII, was one of the first people to stay after the 1907 renovation.

3. This beauty is ‘The Galloper’, the most requested ride on the carousel in the Tuileries Garden.

4. Have you ever noticed this delicate portrait? She watches over our staff as they enter the kitchens, wishing them well in their service.

5. This is the blossom of the famous Cercis, one of the oldest trees in the Tuileries Garden.

6. ‘The Kiss’, by Zoulikha Bouabdellah, was winner of Le Meurice Prize for contemporary art in 2008/2009.

7. The Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stayed at Le Meurice twice during 1879.

8. Our polished brass Leda chair is based on original drawings by Dalí.

9. 228 might be our address, but it is also the name of our bar. The sky in this image is from Bar 228’s painted ceiling.

10. Have you spotted this face within the hotel? The Iberius Cube was created by the Italian artist Fausto Salvi.

11. Our ‘Conversation Chair’ is a cheeky twist on the classic Louis XVI chair. This interpretation is for connecting and sharing space.

12. In 1857, Leo Tolstoy came to Paris and spent his first night at Le Meurice.

13. Do you recognise the feet on this little bronze table? Another Dalí moment.

14. Picasso and his wife Olga chose Le Meurice to host their wedding lunch in July 1918.

15. This delicate hand belongs to Madame Regnaud, a 19th-century Parisian socialite. Look out for this painting in our lobby.

16. At the heart of the City of Light, it’s only right that Le Meurice should be lit by chandeliers.

17. Each night, a freshly frozen canvas is created for our guests. Dalí’s playful spirit and love of cold mineral water inspired this interactive piece by Philippe Starck.

18. Madame Pompadour is the inspiration behind our Pompadour Suite – as avant-garde, beautiful, unique and spirited as the lady herself.

19. Our winged chairs sadly don’t actually fly, but they’re definitely as graceful as birds!

Discover all this and more when you stay in one of our newly-restored rooms and suites overlooking the world-famous Tuileries Garden, including our spectacular penthouse Belle Etoile Suite.

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