Since 2011, Le Méridien has been reinventing the lobbies of its hotels to make them spaces where guests hang out and come together to interact, spark curiosity and stimulate creativity. The new concept is called "Le Méridien HUB" and is designed around the three experiences below which were integrated into the Le Méridien Étoile hotel (Paris 17) in 2016 during the renovations to the public areas carried out by the London architecture firm Michaelis Boyd :
The Arrival Artwork is a majestic piece positioned at the hotel entrance that captures guests' attention as soon as they arrive.
At Le Méridien Étoile, this unique work was created by the sculptor Arnold Goron and depicts a map of the arrondissements of Paris.
The brass material he chose is a signature feature of the Mid-Century Modern style that served as the guiding theme of the hotel renovation in 2016 led by the London firm Michaelis Boyd.
An interaction area in the center of the lobby encourages conversation and lingering with comfortable seating and its "casual café" ambiance. Guests can peruse the books and magazines on hand which reflect the brand's key values.
"New Perspective", the exclusive series of artworks and photography commissioned by Le Méridien, is projected on a screen to spark curiosity and foster conversations about cultural interests.
Bar Longitude, which opens into the lobby, highlights the café culture that is so dear to Le Méridien hotels, as part of an international partnership with the Illy brand.
An impressive espresso machine stands tall behind the bar, inspiring thoughts of the myriad coffee and coffee-based beverages on offer. Open from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm, the café also tempts guests with its sweet and savory snacks to enjoy on site or packaged to go.