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Inside the Hotel Suite That's Been Dubbed a "Modern-Day Versailles"

The Belle Etoile suite at Le Meurice in Paris's 1st arrondissement is the most decadent suite in Paris.
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The seventh-floor penthouse of Le Meurice is the dream of Paris personified, with views from the hotel's sloped green roof of the city's most iconic landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower to the Sacré-Cœur basilica. Newly renovated by the design trio Charles Jouffre, Margaux Lally and Luc Berge, Le Meurice's Belle Etoile suite is swathed in marble and elegant furniture in sleek tones of gold and bronze. The hotel itself was built in 1835 along the Tuileries Gardens, and quickly became a celebrity haunt; so many royals, including Queen Victoria, stayed there that it was referred to as the "Hotel of Kings." Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Bob Dylan, and Andy Warhol were also fans, and the hotel's most recent famed guests are both American royalty and pop icons—Beyoncé and Jay-Z. T&C toured the Belle Etoile to see first-hand why the suite is so coveted, and expensive—prices start at 25,000 euros (approximately P1.43 million) a night.

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THE BATHROOM

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The Italian marble bathroom overlooks Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur basilica, though the bubbles from the whir-pool bathtub might get in the way.

THE MASTER BEDROOM

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Bronze and gold tones in the master bedroom (the suite has four bedrooms total), are both calming and reminiscent of the elaborate gilded style of King Louis XIV.

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THE DINING AREA

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The branches on the custom staircase were inspired by the trees in the Tuileries Gardens and the chandelier was created by Parisian lighting studio Maison Lucien Gau. In total, the dining room sits ten because when you have a hotel room this great, you should invite your friends over.

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THE SITTING ROOM

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The sitting room features shimmering gold curtains that can be set up for a casual party but can be reconfigured to suit the guest's needs.

THE ART

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Original works by French artist Carole Benzaken can be found in the suite. 

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THE DRESSING ROOM

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Natural light is key to getting ready for a day (or night) in Paris, and the light oak used throughout the room offers a warm glow—no filters needed.

THE GARDEN

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The elegant terrace was created by French landscape designer Pierre Alexandre Risser to mirror the Tuileries Gardens, conveniently located across Rue de Rivoli.

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*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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