Lounge area of the Le Méridien Etoile hotel, Paris, France with wooden shelving, blue leather bench seats and grey stools
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Has it really been 44 years since Le Méridien opened in L’Étoile as a brand extension of Air France? Long time fans will know that far from preserving itself in aspic, the group – which has since grown into over a hundred hotels and resorts – has constantly reinvented itself, quietly, almost effortlessly keeping up with the competition. 

In a sense, it’s timely that the flagship hotel is just emerging from a tip-to-toe renovation under the assured baton of London-based architects Michaelis Boyd, the French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, and the in-house Le Méridien team. 

The hotel’s 1,025 rooms, alongside the public spaces including the Jazz Club Étoile, have been reworked with a mid-century mood board of light pastels of grey, light blue and charcoal, vintage furniture, brass finishes, and bespoke photographs of Paris’s arrondissements by the American photographer Angie McMonigal. The detailing is quirky, not least painted stitched lines on the bedroom walls that mimic the Seine and its fabled bridges, and light fixtures that suggest the contours of a supersonic jet.

This close to the Étoile, the best views in the house are from the club lounge where the panorama is dominated by the Eiffel Tower, while the ground floor courtyard and garden provide a quiet sheltered nook for whispering sweet nothings. 

Bar area of the Le Méridien Etoile hotel, Paris, France with wooden floor, blue leather bench seat and bar stools and gold lights

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Le Méridien Etoile Hotel, Paris, France with blue and gold wall decorations and gold and wooden shelving holding books and accessories

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Room in Le Méridien Etoile hotel, Paris, France with wooden furniture, grey sofa and patterned carpet

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Bedroom in Le Méridien Etoile hotel, Paris, France with white curtains and bedding, wooden furniture and grey patterned wallpaper

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.