Paris, France — It was the summer solstice. In Paris. On one of the city’s secret and tasteful terraces. The Méridien Etoile, located down the avenue from the Arc de Triomphe, was celebrating its 50th anniversary in stylish summer style kicking off its summer of elegant fun program entitled Au Soleil, a Summer Soirée. The hotel is a favorite among visitors and Parisians alike and it is also home to one of the city’s hottest and most mythical of jazz spots, an art gallery and a mecca for international conferences. It was Air France that opened the establishment in 1972 to offer its flight crews a comfortable and homey pied à terre in Paris and upon its inauguration the Méridien Etoile became in the golden and glamorous age of travel one of the great European hotels. Here historic events have taken place from the concerts of BB King, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson in the hotel’s Patio Jazz Club to bicentenary celebrations for the French Revolution to the Socialist International Meeting with François Mitterrand and Willy Brandt participating in the debates. Political, economic and artistic events continue in this iconic and highly comfortable venue five decades later.
This summer is destined to be a summer of fun and glamour at the Méridien Etoile which is incarnating the French Riviera in a festive program dubbed Au Soleil, A Summer Soirée. Travelers and visitors can step into the magnificent plant filled interior garden, the Patio Etoile, to enjoy rosé or champagne and cocktails including the famous Célébration cocktail which has been especially created for the anniversary and is a savant blend of gin, cherry sirup, lemon juice and champagne, what else. Ice-cream, sherbets and a host of tapas are on hand as well as parasols and chaise lounges so everyone can enjoy their day in the sun. And live jazz is on the agenda on Thursday and Saturday evenings in the celebrated Jazz Club Etoile of the hotel.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
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