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
My husband and I visited Paris for five days and experienced an amazing stay at Hotel Lutetia. Everything from the check-in to our departure was personalized and extremely helpful. The Grand Deluxe room was spacious, well planned, and immaculate during our stay. Morning buffet breakfast in L"Orangerie was superb, from the smoked salmon, fruits, breads, croissants, fresh juice, fresh brewed coffee, sweets, and omelettes. The concierges helped with restaurant recommendations and reservations, printing museum tickets and boarding passes, and provided a city map to aide us in navigating the city, and were helpful in every way. The hotel has recently reopened after an extensive renovation. All areas are beautiful, their extensive art library, the restaurants, and lobby. We had a wonderful dinner in the Brasserie the first night. I have no reservation in recommending Hotel Lutetia to all visiting Paris. The location is also a plus for those visiting Paris, with two Metro lines across the street and another a few blocks away.
You can't fault the aesthetics and quality materials of this hotel. Everything was the best which made the stay comfortable and stress free. The beds were perfectly fluffy and allowed you to sink right in. The location of the hotel was perfect, with many things in walking distance and if not, the metro or the concierge would quickly source a taxi for you. We had both breakfast and dinner at the hotel which were sublime. Must recommend the omelette in the morning - the best I have ever had. My only downfall for this hotel is the service at the breakfast and the dinner/bar. It was very slow and despite however many staff they had working, it was always too few. However, thoroughly enjoyable and peaceful stay. Thank you.
There are many nice things about the hotel. The location is amazing, the spa and pool are great, the bar is nice, the restaurants options are really good as well.
Room are a bit small (at least the one I had) but nicely furnished and very quiet.
Service could be a bit improved:
- at the restaurant I had 2 great experiences and one really average where we had to wait a lot and attention was not good
- housekeeping was really average. I had to ask to get water refill, they left cookies several days on the table w/o changing them
Concierge was very nice.
So I’m sure service will get better. Then it will be a fantastic experience.