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Paris' Le Meurice Has Not One, But Five Presidential Suites

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October 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

The latest from Paris, in case you haven't heard, is that Le Meurice has just completed a revampment of their five Presidential Suites. Typically one Presidential Suite is enough for a hotel, but not if you're talking a Dorchester Collection property which could be hosting a head of state, an A-list celebrity, a Russian gallerist, a best-selling author and a honeymooning couple at any one time. And so, they have five.

Furnishings have been updated and gilding added especially in the Dali Apartment, the first-floor presidential suite (rooms 102/103) in which the artist Salvador Dali spent one month each year, for 30 years, in residence. The views of the Tuileries Gardens remain, even if Dali checked out long ago.

Desperate to delight in the details? The official press release notes that "at a combined 4,574 square-feet, each of the five Presidential Suites is adorned in rich red or Le Meurice's signature green" and there are "Versailles parquet floors laid with wool and silk rugs from Galerie Saint-Simon, the suites feature white marble fireplaces and period furniture, including conserved and restored pieces from Louis XVI cabinets to newly re-gilded cabriolet chairs. Crystal chandeliers hang from the ceilings, while walls are hung with 19th century paintings."

All of this opulence demands a top rate, however; the "Classic Room" (aka the lowest category of rooms) begin at €580 (approximately $757 USD) per night, while all of these presidential suites are, naturally, "price upon request." Click here for more visions of grandeur where our nation's leaders have laid their heads.

[Photos: Le Meurice]

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