Located directly opposite the Jardin des Tuileries and Louvre, it’s hard to imagine a better Parisian address than that of Le Meurice. This Dorchester Collection hotel is also the fashionable home of Alain Ducasse’s restaurant of the same name and features ambitious Philippe Starck decor inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles.
The lobby’s Bar 228 possesses the same elaborate distinction, albeit in dark mahogany, and is in keeping with the standards of the hotel’s luminary guest list that has included Honoré de Balzac, Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau, among others.
Drop by for live jazz each evening, while early risers will appreciate the Tuileries’ close proximity for the best morning run the city has to offer. The garden’s famous carousel is also on standby to keep the kids occupied – especially when accompanied by a trip to the boat pond with the hotel’s custom-made, wooden toy barges.
Housing the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Place Vendôme, Palais-Royal and perhaps Paris’ most famous style strip, rue Saint-Honoré, the 1st arrondissement is situated principally on la Rive Droite (the Right Bank) of the Seine. As one of Paris’ oldest areas it also showcases some of its most spectacular public buildings, hotels, restaurants and gardens.