Suite of the Week: Belle Etoile Suite at Le Meurice

Underneath (and down the hall from) the stars in Paris.
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Underneath (and down the hall from) the stars in Paris.

Where is it? Paris’ first (and probably best) arrondissement, across from the Tuileries Garden and overlooking the world-famous Louvre. There’s much to be said for Paris’ gentrifying outer neighborhoods, but there’s more to be said for the palace-filled center of the city.

The Hotel:Le Meurice is a palatial, 5-star hotel that has been around, in various guises, since 1815, when it catered to a touring English aristocracy who expected the same sumptuous furnishings abroad as at home. Since then, aside from a brief stint as Nazi headquarters during WW2, Le Meurice has catered to presidents and luminaries with a taste for impeccable Louix XIV style. A list of former guests includes: Franklin D. Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Rudyard Kipling, Salvador Dali, Elizabeth Taylor and Beyoncé.

The Suite: The Suite Belle Etoile is not the largest suite in the hotel, but it is the best. The opulent, 3000 square-foot apartment is nice, but the pièce de résistance is a 2700 square-foot terrace with 360-degree views of sites like Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Musée D’Orsay and, of course, les étoiles. There are, in addition, four luxurious bedrooms, a dining room, pantry, kitchen, and marble bathroom with views of Paris (out, we presume, not in).

The Selling Point: Getting cozy in the wing where Napoleon’s mistress spent a languid two months; getting faded in the wing where Jay-Z and Yeezy recorded “N***** in Paris.”

By the Numbers: 3000 square feet of living space, 2700 square-feet of star-gazing luxury terrace in the only arrondissement in which royalty would be caught dead. (Number one.)