What We Love
- A trendy neighborhood for shopping and dining
- Art Deco design touches and decor
- The Michelin-starred restaurant, Paris
- The lineup of impressive past guests
- Great people watching at Bar Lutetia
What To Know
- Some rooms have views of the Eiffel Tower
- Cigar aficionados have their own space, the Kitchen Fumoir
- Make dinner reservations; the restaurant has only 30 seats
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
There may not be a better symbol for the Lutetia’s enduring soul than the classical-themed frescoes accidentally uncovered during its latest makeover. It took 17,000 hours of meticulous brush and scalpel work to restore the Romanesque ceilings alone. The awe-inducing plasters now top the interiors of Bar Josephine, one of the recent additions to this 108-year-old property. Other infusions of modernity include an overhauled ground-floor brasserie, a bright courtyard lounge, a 75,000-square-foot spa, and nearly 200 updated guest rooms. Even the newer elements—mostly attempts to brighten up the interiors—contain whispers of the hotel’s high-profile past, which has hosted everyone from former French President Charles de Gaulle, who spent his wedding night here, to the Taittingers—the champagne titans who owned the property in the 1950s. Fortunately, a shiny new look hasn’t tampered with Lutetia’s legendary DNA.
In the Area
As the only five-star sleep on the Left Bank, a stay here puts guests in the center of Saint Germain des Pres, a perfectly Parisian blend of tony boutiques, monuments, and cobblestoned alleys. Hidden 6th arrondissement gems include a museum dedicated to renowned Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix, while Paris’s oldest church and the city’s most prestigious department store, La Bon Marche, make up the more obvious attractions. As a neighborhood that also once served as the unofficial headquarters for the area’s intellectuals and revolutionaries, iconic gathering places such as Le Procope (Benjamin Franklin was once a patron), considered the city’s longest standing restaurant, also call this former village home.
How to Get There
On holiday in Paris with my mom. We have been to Paris many times and stayed at many fine hotels around the world. But i must say, hotel Lutetia is one of the most impressive hotels I have been.
- Superb location, walkable distance to le bon marche department store, shopping st of st germain, museums (Rodin, Picasso) and nice local cafes and restaurants. Peaceful neighbor hood. Prefer to stay here in the left bank where it is less busy and more local with convenient access to all locations.
- Perfect room (got upgraded from Deluxe balcony to a Junior suite) and all marble shower room/wc. Dyson hair dryer, Hermès toiletries. Perfect housekeeping attendant. Thank you so much for making our stay so wonderful and spotless.
- Attentive staff from the door man, bell, concierge, front office. Nevertheless, my one and only complaint would be the restaurant hostesses that were usually grumpy.
Overall: My new favorite hotel. Definitely coming back again if visiting paris. Mercii
We stayed at the Hotel Lutetia for 6 nights in September. This was an exceptional facility and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. The facilities and rooms were all exceptional and the hotel staff was extremely helpful.
I've stayed at the renovated Lutetia twice in the past 8 months - total 11 nights.
Let's hit the negatives first:
1. Like all of the Palaces it is extremely expensive. But relative to Ritz, Le Plaza or Le Bristol 25% less.
2. The rooms for a Palace - at least Grand Superior and Deluxe - are smallish. But they're large by Paris standards.
3. If you like traditional Palace decor you will be very unhappy. The Wilmotte interiors are resolutely modern. Spectacularly so to my taste. Much less showy than Le Royal Monceau's Starck interior.
1. If you do like ultra-luxe materials, and an art deco meets contemporary super-yacht feel, this is the place. Every public space is spectacular. Particularly, the Bar Josephine and Le St Germain Restaurant Lounge. (I'm less a fan of the new Brasserie). The mix of painstakingly restored and stylishly invented is dazzling.
2. I find the rooms a little tight, but supremely comfortable. The living space desk is adequate, the seating comfortable and the beds and bedding super. The Crestron tech actually works without needing tech support. And the fitted closets and mini-bar certainly are more deluxe than my home.
3. As at the other SET hotels, the baths are extraordinary. All marble including solid marble sinks and tubs. Huge walk-in showers and toilet rooms. Instantly hot water and good pressure. Great large towels and Hermes products.
4. The pools and spa area can't be beat. Large pool, just warm enough for leisurely laps, good whirlpool, sauna and steam. Another marble extravaganza. Excellent gym for a hotel (with outside members).
5. I totally disagree about mediocre service. All of the front desk staff has been impeccable (esp Etienne). The breakfast staff has been occasionally confused. I blame my mediocre french - which they indulge. And then extremely sympathetic. I love the bar staff. Bar Josephine gets very crowded - mostly with locals - and the team works very hard to accommodate hotel guests. After a day they remembered my drink preferences. While an acquaintance sniffed that they weren't french, they're good conversationalists. Concierges and door staff knowledgeable. Much more attuned to walking, the Metro and the bus than at some other Palaces.
6. The vibrant neighborhood makes for a fascinating stay. The 6th isn't edgy but it's not as staid as the 1st, 8th or 16th. Affluent people really live, work and shop here. The hotel is on Rue de Sevres with great shopping. Adjacent to Rue du Cherche Midi good shopping, good localish restaurants and great food shops. 2 minutes from Le Bone Marche. 10 minutes from St. Germain des Pres.
I don't always stay here. First, it's an indulgence for me price-wise. And second, I like to change neighborhoods. Regardless, for now it's my favorite Paris hotel.