4 LE MEURICE
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.