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The most expensive hotel in Paris during Fashion Week

Le Meurice Palace

If you happen to be in Paris during Fashion Week this month, you can bet that the beautiful, well-heeled people filing out of Le Meurice hotel in Paris are flush with cash, as the 18th century hotel has posted the most expensive room rates during the nine-day event.

According to Kayak.com, five-star hotelshave taken advantage of one of the most glamorous events of the year to hike their room rates, with prices spiking an average of 30% among the most luxurious properties in Paris.

Guests at Le Meurice, for instance, are ponying up an average of €1,580 a night for the privilege of staying at the palace hotel located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre museum.

With interiors designed by Philippe Starck, and hotel dining overseen by Michelin-starred celebrity chef Alain Ducasse, the property that overlooks the Tuileries gardens has long been a favorite among the world’s glitterati. Among the hotel’s most famous regulars? Painter Salvador Dalí.

At the other end of the spectrum, meanwhile, the report sniffed out more affordable deals at Hotel Pullman Paris La Défense, where the average room rate is a much more reasonable €180 a night.

Meanwhile, prices at Le Meurice drop by nearly half (49 percent) the week following Fashion Week.

With the closure of the Hotel de Crillon, and the Ritz Paris — both shuttered for extensive renovations — rivals Le Meurice, the Peninsula and the Mandarin Oriental have enjoyed increased bookings.

The most expensive hotels in Paris during Paris Fashion Week

Le Meurice €1,580
Mandarin Oriental, Paris €1,568
Raffles Royal Monceau, €1,301
Le Bristol Paris, €1,293
Le Peninsula, €1,161

The most affordable five-star hotels in Paris during Fashion Week

Hotel Pullman Paris La Défense, €180
Hotel Sofitel Paris, La Défense, €204
Molitor Paris by MGallery, €256
Hotel Square, €257
Hotel Baltimore Paris Champs-Elysées, €261

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Alain Ducasse is the New Chef of Le Meurice

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Globally acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse is taking over management of the kitchens at Le Meurice hotel in Paris, part of the Dorchester Collection of hotels.

Starting in September, Ducasse will begin re-imagining the property’s Restaurant Le Meurice, which has three Michelin stars, and Restaurant Le Dalí.

Ducasse has already revamped two other Dorchester Collection hotels: the Plaza Athénée in Paris and The Dorchester in London. The Plaza Athénée has since closed for restoration.

Ducasse commented, “I am honoured that Franka Holtmann, general manager of Le Meurice, with the support of François Delahaye, chief operating officer of Dorchester Collection, has asked me to join Le Meurice. French cuisine has a major place, a role and an impact in the world today. I am pleased to contribute to its success in the two finest locations in Paris: Hotel Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice.”

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Paris’s ‘palace’ hotels – the winners and losers

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The French government announced the eight recipients of its new ‘palace’ hotel rating May 5, dealing a blow to some of Paris’s most famous hotels.

The ‘palace’ rating is an official designation above five stars awarded by the French tourism authorities — it’s designed to help travelers identify the cream of the country’s many swanky hotels.

A total of four Paris properties were given the award — the Bristol, the Meurice, the Park Hyatt and the Plaza Athenee.
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France boasts Europe’s best hotel bathrooms

The bathrooms in Paris’s swanky Le Meurice hotel have been voted by best in Europe, beating a list of other contenders that prove the French know best when it comes to the salle de bain.

The honor was awarded last week at the industry Villegiature Awards, which recognizes the best aspects of Europe’s hotels — from terraces to websites.

The Philippe Starck-designed bathrooms of Le Meurice were judged to be the best, managing to top competition from Hotel Raphael in Paris, Le Palais Stephanie in Cannes, La Mas Candille in Mougins, and Muse in Ramatuelle (all in France) as well as Luna Baglioni in Venice, Italy.
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Viktor & Rolf Celebrate ‘Flower Bomb’ 5th Anniversary

Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf decided to take the opportunity of Paris Fashion Week to celebrate the 5th anniversary of their fragrance Flowerbomb.

They threw a party at Le Meurice on March 4, 2010 which featured Grace Jones singing La vie en rose as well as the presentation of a limited-edition pastry.

The pastry, co-created by the hotel’s head chef, Yannick Alléno, and its pastry chef, Camille Lesecq, was inspired by the Flowerbomb fragrance.
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