We recently stopped by Le Meurice, a Dorchester Collection gem facing the Jardin des Tuileries in the heart of Paris, to learn what’s new. Recognized as one of only eight palace hotels in France, Le Meurice has been refining l’art de vivre for 190 years. This is where Michelin three-starred chef Yannick Alléno serves up his acclaimed Terroir Parisien menu, and where bar manager William Oliveri-- at the helm for more than 30 years-- has served the likes of Salvador Dali. (Tip: The bar offers all kinds of bubbly-based drinks, like the Cocktail 228 made with pear and litchi liqueur, raspberry coulis, and Champagne.)
September marks the return of vacationing Parisians to the French capital, just in time to attend the Brazilian Festival at Le Meurice from September 12-25, 2011. In partnership with the Embassy of Brazil, Le Meurice will pay tribute to Latin America’s biggest country with culinary feasts, special cocktails, fashion collections and more.
Head Sommelier Estelle Touzet, awarded the “Best Chef Sommelier” of the year by the Pudlowski Guide, will continue to host Les Nocturnes, a series of monthly wine tastings, at the hotel’s Bar 228.
The Spa Valmont now offers Le Meurice Tonic, a spirulina and pineapple cocktail that boosts vitality. After a Ritual Facial, unwind with a drink on the outdoor sun terrace.
Booking tips: The Belle Etoile Royal Suite is one of the most stunning suites in Paris, located above the rooftops on the 7th floor. Accessed by private elevator, the 2,960 square-foot suite has a magnificent bathroom where you can admire 360 degree views of Paris from the marble tub.