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.
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
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.