Hotel Meurice undergoes makeover

PARIS -- The Hotel Meurice, once a frequent haunt of artist Salvador Dali and his pet tiger, is set to emerge from a major overhaul on Dec. 15. The 180-room hotel has closed two of its three sections, but the 58-room wing overlooking the Tuileries Gardens -- which includes Dali's $3,300-per-night suite -- is open.

A renovated room The section facing the Rue du Mont Thabor will open in April, and the wing facing the Rue de Castiglione will open in September. The wing overlooking the Tuileries Gardens will close in April.

The hotel is adding more antique furniture while clearing out any furnishings from the 1950s and 1960s, a spokeswoman said. Renovated bathrooms will include one piece of antique furniture each.

By December, the hotel will unveil a restored glass roof in the Salon Quatre Saisons section of the lobby, a spa and a new ballroom for up to 500 guests. The hotel could never hold parties in its current ballroom -- except for New Year's Eve -- because the noise filters up to the guest rooms, the spokeswoman said.

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