Jay-Z and Beyonce May Have Ditched Le Meurice for Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris
With all the brouhaha regarding the Government of Brunei’s archaic and decidedly evil new law approving stoning to death as proper punishment for being gay or having an affair, some celebs have either quietly or openly decided to boycott Dorchester Collection Hotels, which are owned by the Sultan of Brunei.
During our recent stay at Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris we were interested to hear that the last celebs to stay at the hotel were none other than Jay-Z and Beyoncé, formerly fans of The Dorchester Collection’s Le Meurice Hotel.
In fact, the couple is such fans of the food at the hotel’s restaurant, La Petite Maison de Nicole, we hear they have it delivered to wherever they are in the city.
Fouquet’s Barrière’s past is directly tied to the music and film industry. In 1898 Fouquet’s restaurant opened at the corner of the Champs-Elysées and Avenue George V (where it still is today). When the very first theaters opened in Paris in the 1930s, Fouquet’s was close by and became the go-to place for socializing for both the dealmakers and stars of the shows. Here contracts were signed, cast parties were held and films were premiered.
And since its creation in 1976, the César Awards have held their gala dinner at Fouquet’s. Three or more press junkets take place at the hotel every month and star-worthy rooms are transformed to accommodate celebrity interviews promoting the newest flicks of the likes of Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Jean Reno, and Catherine Deneuve.
If you want to create a bit of a celebrity stir yourself, opt for the Lights, Camera, Action! package and star in your own professionally-crewed movie. You get accommodation for two nights with breaky and a four-hour movie shoot based on one of four themes:
- Paris, I Love You: romance in the city of love
- Paris City Tour: not-to-be-missed spots
- Paris Vintage: historical moments in the golden city
- Paris Deluxe: luxury’s the name of the game in the sparkling city of light
Your digital movie will be delivered to your inbox within ten days. Rates start at 1,420 Euros ($1,978) per night.
The chauffeur’s included, of course, but paid paparazzi are on your own dime.
[Photos: Janice Tober for HotelChatter]
While Janice stayed as a guest of the hotel, the views expressed are most definitely her own.