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
What a great treat to visit the newly renovated
Hotel Lutetia. The hotel was closed for 4 years for a total gut renovation and now is ready for the big time. I visited this hotel twice in the distant past and am thrilled to see how they made a good thing so so much better.......this hotel is gorgeous ---rooms and common areas are stunning. Smiling staff --GREAT LOCATION.
We have been traveling to the Lutetia since the early 1990's & were very curious about the new renovations. I think I can summarize our experience in one word: "Wow!" They did a magnificent job on the renovations. The rooms are extremely comfortable with great amenities. Service was impeccable. We will be back !
After 4 years of renovations, the brand new spa of 700 m2 which did not exist before finally opened. Jean-Michele Wilmotte the architect boasts « make it suitable for the modern traveler », really? Not a spa goer for sure....he clearly missed a few points for the spa. How can you imagine a spa in a palace with no relaxation area? No infusions/tea/ infused water station? No shower handle but instead a rain shower at about 2,50 mts? No access to the pool and its sunloungers to try and compensate the lack of relaxation area (Chanel spa at Le Ritz is so much smarter charging outside guests 100 euros for the access)... the 2 points are not for the facilities, the natural light also boasted on the website is a joke (2 tiny windows on 1 side), it is for the team and them having to bear every day with guests expectations not met and the Carita products and protocols. Should you go? Wait 6 months to 1 year that all the above is fixed, try The Peninsula and The Four Seasons spa , no disappointment there.
The bar Joséphine has the prices and small portions you can expect in this kind of bar, very noisy from 6 pm, queuing is to be expected. The frescoes are spectacular but spoiled by a weird lighting which doesn’t do them justice. The staff shows no empathy and struggles with lack of space and proper arrangement in their working space. Menu of biting is overdone and gravelax salmon over salted.
In conclusion a real disappointment and a shame for this spectacular, historical palace on the Rive Gauche, so close to the hearts of Parisians, there is a feeling of showing off with no real heart nor thoughts in the process.
PS: in spite of the waterproofing you still hear the metro in the spa....
This hotel is built in the shape of a cruise/boat, so the hallways to me are amazingly built in styles of boat hallways. Amazing Service and friendly staff among other traits are the least I can say about his hotel. It's totally worth every penny you pay at this hotel. The architecture of the hotel with the story it holds could make your stay agreeable alone if you're into that kind of thing... I was able to eat at the restaurants currently open and the menu has a lot of variety and their wine list is pretty solid. About the rooms, if you're a light sleeper, maybe it's best if you request a room on a higher floor because of the fact that the hotel is located on top of a metro station. You can hear the rumbles of the train on certain rooms but it's not loud. Other than that, it's totally worth staying at the Lutetia
Hotel Lutetia makes your weekend (or longer) Paris even more special then the city already does by itself. Needless to say, Paris is for many one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, if not the world. However with the reopening of this fantastic property, part of The Set Hotels, your stay in the French capital is top notch.
Service is attentive and spot-on. The finishing in the rooms high-tech AND super user-friendly. The Akasha Spa is a perfect place to chill after a day in the city and the bar and restaurant are of great ambiance. We will be back!