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This op­u­lent 160-room ho­tel was revamped in 2007 by Philippe Starck and is lo­cated five min­utes away on Rue de Rivoli. A mem­ber of the Dorch­ester Col­lec­tion, its in­te­ri­ors are rem­i­nis­cent of the os­ten­ta­tious grandeur of the Palace of Ver­sailles – all glit­ter­ing chan­de­liers, gilded mold­ings, lav­ish mu­rals and Ital­ian mar­ble. The three Miche­lin-starred Restau­rant Le Meurice serves break­fast, lunch and din­ner, with din­ers seated at ta­bles draped with pris­tine white cloths and laid with pol­ished sil­ver­ware. The menu is de­scribed as“mod­ern and au­da­cious,”with dishes in­clud­ing the likes of bonito fish and egg­plant ($120) and veni­son with poivrade sauce ($145).

If you don’t have time for a full meal, stop for an aper­i­tif at the ho­tel’s Bar 228 or a light bite – the clas­sic croque-mon­sieur ($37) is a good bet – or sim­ply nose around and ad­mire the dé­cor be­fore mov­ing on.

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