Starwood Hotels and Resorts has unveiled the revamped Le Meridien Etoile, following a multi-million euro renovation of its rooms and public areas.
The flagship property was the first under the Le Meridien brand, and is the largest hotel in central Paris at 1,025 rooms.
Located in the 17th arrondissement close to Le Palais des Congres, the hotel has seen its rooms revamped by French interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, and its public areas redesigned by London-based Michaelis Boyd.
Rooms feature a muted colour palette of grey, light blue and charcoal, with illustrated maps of Paris arrondissements on headboards and “deconstructed” city images on room and corridors.
New art installations in the property’s Le Meridien Hub lobby area include a mural fresco created by sculptor Arnold Goron, made of brass and depicting a map of Paris, and a light installation representing “the traffic circles of the city”.
Meeting spaces feature modular furniture and custom photography of Paris boulaverds by instagrammer Vutheara Kham.
The hotel has also revamped its iconic Jazz Club Etoile which originally opened in 1975. Design has focused on “bright colours and vintage furniture”, along with white tiles inspired by Paris metro stations, and works by visual artist Christian Gastaldi.
The group said that 50 per cent of Le Meridien properties in Europe and the Middle East had been upgraded in the last three years, and will re-enter the Italian market next year with the opening of the Le Meridien Visconti Rome.
The brand has earmarked US$300 million for renovations, new hotels and conversions across its global portfolio, with plans to open an additional 30 hotels in the next four years.