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September 21, 2012

Le Meurice Celebrates its “3×5 Anniversary”

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Paris, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Le Meurice has a number of reasons to celebrate its “3×5 Anniversary” this fall and is introducing several exclusive thematic offerings. The iconic property toasts three five-year anniversaries in 2012 including: Chef Yannick Alléno receiving three Michelin stars at Restaurant Le Meurice; the public space renovations by Philippe Starck and opening of Le Dali Restaurant which pays tribute to one of the hotel’s most distinctive guests – Salvador Dali; and the fifth annual Meurice Prize for Contemporary Art. This Dorchester Collection Paris address located on rue de Rivoli is rolling out new reasons to visit the iconic property this season.

Le Meurice will debut Château d’Yquem Private Dining Room this winter, just a step from where Chef Alléno and his team work their three Michelin star culinary magic. With elegantly minimal black and gold décor by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, the dining room features views of Le Meurice’s gastronomic restaurant kitchen through a panoramic window. At the center of the room, a gleaming pale grey table stands out as a work of contemporary art with the interiors lined with gold and place settings that seem to float on the glass top. Chef Alléno’s newest menu goes beyond classic food-and-wine pairings into explosions of flavor enhanced with accompaniments by Estelle Touzet, Head Sommelier of Le Meurice. Château d’Yquem Private Dining Room will be open Monday-Friday with space for four to eight guests; approximately $1958 for venue plus approximately $587 per person.

There are number of new culinary menus to indulge in Chef Alléno’s three-Michelin star talent at Le Meurice. Celebrate five years of artistic cuisine with the new “Cuisine de Palace” menu at Restaurant Le Dalí. The simple and hearty menu reimagines French classics, with highlights including Blue Lobster Salad, Mixed Diced Vegetables with Coral, Agnolotti with Artichokes and Parmesan Cheese Shavings and creative desserts such as the famous Saint-Honoré Rivoli-style. Le Dalí is open daily 8:00am-10:30pm.

Restaurant Le Meurice offers the new lunch menu “The Gastronomic Meal of the French,” (a term inscribed by UNESCO in 2010.) The fine dining restaurant serves the best of traditional French cuisine with a focus on seasonal variations and capturing its cultural heritage. The meal composed by four courses and seven dishes begins with an aperitif and ends with liqueurs. Menu items change regularly, but dishes include Mushroom Casserole with Bone Marrow and Salted Caramel Meringue and Roast Brittany Lobster, Choisy Garnish with Cooked Lettuce and Potatoes. From approximately $137; Le Meurice is open Monday-Friday for lunch.

In addition, there is the new “Spanish Tapas” menu in honor of Salvador Dali at Le Bar 228. Surrounded by warm and welcoming interiors, bar patrons indulge in a generous selection of bite-size plates and appetizers best enjoyed with cocktails, such as the signature “228” or the “Starcky” devised by Bar Director William Oliveri in honor of designer Philippe Starck. Le bar 228 is open daily 11:45am-2:00am.

In keeping with the 3×5 Anniversary theme, this year will see the 5th Annual Le Meurice Prize for Contemporary Art celebrating the hotel’s arts patronage and the French Genius for the Art of Living. With the submissions already narrowed to eight up-and-coming artists on the French scene, the winner will receive an endowment of approximately $26,104 (half of which will go to his/her gallery). With judging by an acclaimed group of arts professionals – including Henri Loyrette, Director of the Louvre Museum; Marta Gili, Director of the Jeu de Paume; and more – the finalists’ work will be on display throughout the hotel and the winner to be announced in October 9th, just prior to the start of the FIAC International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris.

In addition to recent public space renovations, the Presidential Suites and Dali Apartment at Le Meurice have also seen recent renovations this year. Impressed with Charles Jouffre’s vision for sumptuous drapes and hangings in the Grand Foyer of the Garnier Opera, General Manager Holtmann commissioned the designer to fashion a new look. Now, five new Presidential Suites with views of the Tuileries Gardens feature Versailles parquet floors laid with wool and silk rugs from Galerie Saint-Simon. Walls are hung with 19th-century paintings personally selected by Holtmann. White marble fireplaces illuminate period furniture, including conserved and restored pieces from Louis XVI cabinets to newly re-gilded cabriolet chairs. Crystal chandeliers sparkle like jewels from the ceilings. In addition, the apartments formerly inhabited by Salvador Dali during one-month per year for decades have also been renovated by Jouffre, with exceptional items of furniture, suitably opulent window treatments, historic moldings accented with muted gold, and sumptuous fabrics and harmonious shades throughout. Presidential Suites are based on request.

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