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Lutetia The rebirth of an iconic hotel

After years of renovation works, the Lutetia, part of The Set Hotels group, is again casting its spell on the Left Bank.

For four years, Parisians and travelers enamored of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés spirit were deprived of their favorite hotel: the Lutetia. It was closed for complete interior and exterior renovation by the famous architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Built in 1910 by the Boucicaut family, founders and owners of the Bon Marché department store, its style embraces Art Nouveau and Art Deco, admirably expressed by the façade that opens onto the new interior garden. On every floor, the layout has been transformed to bring in new light and perspectives. The number of rooms has been reduced from 233 to 184 including 49 suites (2 of them with beautiful and luxurious terraces).

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Hôtel Lutetia

45 Boulevard Raspail, 75006, Paris Phone : 01 49 54 46 00 www.hotellutetia.com
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All are furnished in a subtle 1910s style designed by the Wilmotte agency, like all the decorative elements of the hotel. The brand-new 700 sq. m. marbled spa with a state-of-the-art fitness gym and a swimming pool showcased in a shipboard decor, conjures up the golden age of the transatlantic liners. The team redesigned the ground-floor areas, structuring them around a bright patio.

Surrounding that oasis of greenery are the Le Saint-Germain restaurant (the former winter garden) presided over by Chef Benjamin Brial, the library and its 1,600 books to be perused by the fire and the star attraction: the Bar Joséphine (previously the Salon Borghèse) enhanced by Adrien Karbowsky’s spectacular frescoes. As for the Brasserie Lutetia, this summer, it is presenting an original musical experience on its secret terrace, where Veuve-Clicquot have set up a champagne bar. On Thursdays and Fridays from 5.30 to 8pm, a gypsy jazz concert accompanies the serving of chef Gérald Passedat’s On the Rock and Contrebandier menus. The general manager of the Lutetia, Jean-Luc Cousty, is delighted by “the kind of nonchalance in the perfection of very contemporary settings” reigning here.

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By Florence Halimi. Photos : Hôtel Lutetia / Mathieu fiol - Published the

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