This Parisian hotel with a special connection to Picasso takes its clients on a tour of all his favorite places
Courtesy of the Meurice de Dorchester Collection Hotel Le Meurice from Dorchester Collection
It’s not every day that you can literally walk in the footsteps of one of the world’s most famous artists, but now it’s the historic hotel Le Meurice in Paris that offers just that.
The hotel, which hosted the iconic artist’s wedding banquet when he married Russian dancer Olga Khokhlova in 1918, offers a full night’s stay with an expert-led walking tour of his favorite spots in the neighborhood. bohemian Montmartre in Paris.
From the hotel, guests will join an art historian on a private 2-hour tour of Picasso’s Paris through the cobbled streets of Montmartre. The visit will shed light on Picasso’s life from 1900 to 1911, when he moved to Paris and began painting and dating Gertrude Stein, Henri Matisse and André Breton.
Courtesy of the Meurice de Dorchester Collection
Guests will learn about Picasso’s drinking habits in local cabarets, the secrets of some of his most beloved paintings and his arrest in connection with the theft of “Mona Lisa”.
When guests return to the hotel, the artistic experience continues. Le Meurice is located in the epicenter of Paris, a short walk from the Louvre, which has made it a popular meeting place for the city’s artists and intellectuals. Other famous artists like Salvador Dali loved the hotel and stayed there for long periods of time.
The hotel – where a painting in the banquet hall still bears a notch from a flying champagne cork on the artist’s wedding day – has an impressive collection of art and is considered a glamorous Parisian hotel par excellence, having been the first to receive the prestigious “Palace” designation from the French government (marking it as a place of significant architectural significance).
The “Picasso’s Montmartre” experience starts at € 1,330 for two people and includes an overnight stay, an American breakfast and a two-hour guided walk. It is available for reservation from September 20 by phone at 33 (0) 1 87 16 44 59 or by email at: [email protected]
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