It’s a brand new look for the dining areas of Le Meurice.

The Parisian palace commissioned mavericks from the world of design and cuisine to give its restaurants a face lift for 2016. The redesign is no doubt the Dorchester Collection’s response to the ever changing Parisian hotel scene which welcomes back the Ritz Hotel this year and the Hôtel de Crillon some time in 2017.

Superstar designer Philippe Starck and his daughter Ara Starck were given “carte blanche” to touch up the interiors of the hotel. Starck’s vision for the project: “Rock and Roll with respect”, which sounds like a contradiction but it definitely doesn’t look like one.

The results are excellent….as with anything associated with the Starck name.

In the Alain Ducasse restaurant, a central table laden with fresh vegetables from the farmers market embodies the philosophy of “naturalness” that the chef now lives by, and Murano glass sculptures by Aristide Najean bring a contemporary touch to the otherwise classic interiors inspired by the Château de Versailles’ Salon de la Paix. Elsewhere, Phillip Starck’s daughter Ara continues her association with the hotel’s Le Dalí by expanding on the giant painted canvas she created for the restaurant in 2007 and the carpet.

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Bar 228 & Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse

But it’s not just the looks that have changed. Celebrity chef Alain Ducasse turned his attention to the menus to propose enticing new options for diners. For example, the reopened Dali restaurant now features a brand new seasonal menu which remains resolutely French, but displays a creativity that the restaurant’s namesake would be proud of.  The “back to basics” dishes of naturalness at the Alain Ducasse and the contemporary menu at Le Dalí are brilliantly implemented.

The changes at Le Meurice are more like a breath of fresh air than a complete revamp, and that’s a good thing. The redesigns won’t alienate the hotel’s regulars, and do a great job of ushering this Palace into what promises to be a busy 2016 for Parisian hoteliers. Of course if you’d rather experience it all instead of read about it, let us help you get a table and find out for yourself.

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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