Originally founded by Air France as a way to "provide a home away from home for its customers," the Le Méridien brand has been welcoming guests since 1972. After first opening its doors in Paris, the brand's portfolio has grown to include more than 100 hotels across 50 different countries. Each Le Méridien property reflects the brand's European heritage through design elements hotel amenities — particularly in-house cuisine. Many Le Méridien-affiliated restaurants serve some form of Continental cuisine, while the Signature Breakfast program includes unique twists on morning classics (like pumpkin bread with tomato confit and open-faced breakfast sandwiches), not to mention a variety of coffees and juices. Other perks of a stay at a Le Méridien hotel often include access to on-site spas and easy access to points of interest in your chosen destination. In 2005, the brand became a part of the Starwood Hotels Group, granting travelers access to Le Méridien's Euro-inspired hotels while earning Starwood Preferred Guest rewards points.