Paris, France: Le Meurice – A Landmark Hotel Reborn

Paris Hotels - Le Meurice LandmarkDepending on your views of life, some say, “You only live once,” but we here at Jaunt Magazine say, “You only live two or three (or maybe four) times.” How else could we pack it all in? We also say, if you’re only going to live once (or twice), your life really hasn’t been complete without a trip to Le Meurice, the grand dame of Parisian landmarks.

In 2007, Philippe Starck came on board to do it up. Modern Parisian at it’s best. He redesigned all common areas, including a complete transformation at Le Dali restaurant (formerly the Winter Garden), without losing the historic significance of this palace hotel. Stark’s new whimsical touches are reminiscent of the surrealist legacy left by the mustached man himself… Salvador Dali, who, over the course of 30 years, visited the famous hotel several times a year.

Paris Hotel Romantic Rooms - Le MeuriceFor the second consecutive year, Le Meurice also presents its Prize for Contemporary Art, highlighting its commitment to promoting young artists on the French scene. The winner of the Prix Meurice will be selected by a jury of arts professionals including the Chairman and Director of the Louvre, Director of the Musée du Jeu de Paume, Artistic Director of FIAC, among others, and announced October 1st, 2009. The Prize includes €10,000 awarded for the artist, and €10,000 for his or her gallery.  Not too shabby, eh? The jury just selected the seven finalists and Le Meurice has recently launched a website and blog around the prize where everyone can view them, their work, leave comments, and vote for their favorites.  If you ask us, we think this is pretty chic (see below).

If that’s not enough, listen to this chocolate extravaganza.  Yannick Alléno, the Head Chef of Le Meurice’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant, has brought about new meaning to breakfast in Paris.  Looking to create his own version of the French croissant after being inspired by the chocolate aromas and colors at Ladurée, the renowned Parisian café and pastry shop, Alléno researched different types and textures of cocoa bean and decided to re-interpret the French art of “viennoiserie.”

Chef Alleno Choc-allenoThe Choc’Alléno pain au chocolat and croissant is an all chocolate delight: the dough is made with chocolate and added cocoa beans to enhance the flavor. Complete that with a hot chocolate selected by Head Sommelier Nicolas Rebut, and of course, chocolate chip butter, and… Viola! Chocolat fantasy. Available in all Ladurée boutiques and breakfast at Le Meurice.  But wait… there’s more! For lunch, Chef Alléno has added a brand spankin’ new ‘Terroir Parisien’ lunch menu.  He’s lovingly re-envisioned a traditional Parisian menu using exceptional products from in and around the city, including honey from beehives set atop the Paris Opera.

At €78 for a 3-course meal, guests now have the option to experience the Michelin Three-Star chef’s menu at a much reduced price.

For those with kiddies, check out the new Happy Meurice Family Package timed to coincide with the opening of Musique en Jouets at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, the package includes entrée to the exhibition’s fascinating musical toys, one night in a guest room or suite at Le Meurice; VIP children’s welcome and goody bag; an adorable Nabaztag rabbit per child; and continental breakfast and children’s tea time menu. Families can also unwind while racing the hotel’s custom-made sailboats on the burbling waters of Jardin des Tuileries, located nearby. The exhibition and the Happy Family package runs through November 8, 2009… so get on it.

You only live once (or twice or three times)!

Package from €700 (savings up to 30%)

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