Fit for a king on Rue de Rivoli
Le Meurice takes its distinction as the first French palace hotel seriously, and there’s nothing subtle about its opulent 18th century architecture and over-the-top style. An overhaul of the public spaces in 2007 by Philippe Starck did introduce a more modern element, though it still maintains the regal glamour it’s long been known for. The 160 guestrooms include 42 suites, and most of them have spectacular views of the Paris skyline. All of the soundproofed rooms have a decidedly Louis XVI flair and, most importantly for summer visitors, air conditioning—something you can’t take for granted in Paris.