Hôtel Meurice de Calais

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Hôtel Meurice de Calais
Hôtel Meurice de Calais is located in France
Hôtel Meurice de Calais
General information
Type Palatial hotel
Town or city Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Country France
Coordinates 50°57′26″N 1°51′4″E / 50.95722°N 1.85111°E / 50.95722; 1.85111
Opened 1771

Hôtel Meurice de Calaisis a hotel in Calais, France. It was established in 1771 and was one of the earliest hotels on the continent of Europe to specifically cater for the British elite. It has 41 en-suite rooms.


In the mid-18th century, the French postmaster, Charles-Augustin Meurice (born 1738), understood that English tourists wanted to be on the continent with the comforts and conveniences they were used to at home. In 1771, Meurice opened the hotel as a coach inn named the Le Chariot Royal on Rue Edmond Roche in Calais.[1][2][3] In 1815, he opened the Hôtel Meurice in Paris, originally located at 223 Rue Saint Honore. Le Meurice offered everything to make life easier for the traveler; apartments of various sizes, areas set aside where travelers could sit and talk, specialty laundry soap, English-speaking staff, and currency exchange, among other amenities. The hotel was rebuilt in 1954-55.[3]


  1. ^ Gubler, Fritz; Glynn, Raewyn (25 September 2008). Great, grand & famous hotels. Great, Grand & Famous Hotels. pp. 47–. ISBN 978-0-9804667-0-6. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Rider, Nick (1 May 2005). Short Breaks Northern France, 2nd. New Holland Publishers. pp. 33–. ISBN 978-1-86011-183-9. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Ruler, John (25 January 2011). Cross-Channel France: Nord-Pas de Calais: The Land Beyond the Ports. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-84162-327-6. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

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