Maharajas, power-broker politicians and Jay-Z and Kanye West (to record ‘Niggas in Paris’ no less) have flocked to the 1815-established Le Meurice Paris for its ostentatious luxury, blockbuster 1st arrondissement location and its mastery of discretion. Beyond the gilded glass door lies a palatial hotel opulently decked out in rich mosaics, ancient mirrors and exquisite tufted fabrics. It’s regal and whimsical à la Louis-XVI, but it’s also a truly modern refuge, one major multi-million renovation later. Make sure you devote an evening to dine at their highly acclaimed restaurant for some delectable food and a refined French atmosphere. Le Maurice is a refuge of the world élite for a reason.