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
This was my second stay at Hotel Lutetia but certainly not the last. I love everything about it - the location, design, friendliness of the staff, hotel restaurants, Bar Josephine, beautifully designed and spacious rooms and I could go on and on..
The hotel is located in vibrant St Germain-Des-Pres and I was totally blown away by its beautiful architecture and design. I had a pleasure of experiencing the 5* luxury and charming French hospitality from the moment I was greeted by a Doorman until my checkout.
I can't wait to be back and i am already planning my next visit!
What a wonderful hotel. From the moment I entered the property I was impressed by all the historic fresco's, especially in the very elegant Joséfine Bar. I arrived early but my room was ready for check-in already which is so convenient when you travel for business. The spa is something else, a swimming pool made of marble and there is even natural daylight. I would highly recommend the Lutetia to anyone travelling to Paris.
I live in the states now but visit Paris at least 4 times a year. Finally, the Lutetia is open and the renovation is complete. It is wildly BEAUTIFUL. It reminds me very much of the Bulgari Hotel in Milano in that it is an Art Deco inspired masterpiece. Macassar ebony, limestone, perfect proportions, all make this hotel a true work of art. I LOVED it. The service was ridiculously phenomenal and I cannot wait to return. That being said, I did stay in the Josephine Baker suite and the views and rooms and master bath were perfect. If I had anything to say in terms of expectation management, it would be that the rooms are small. A suite is ideal and a terrace a must. It’s the most luxurious hotel on the left bank by a mile and I loved every single thing about it. The spa was top notch as well. Bravo. So well done. On all fronts. Service and design Perfection.
The rooms are very spacious and many have great Eiffel Tower views. The Saint Germain restaurant is highly recommended and so is the bar, which is full of locals.
For me the area of Saint Germain is the best area in Paris to stay.
We had a wonderful night here when we needed a short-notice stay...wish we could have stayed longer but they were booked. The staff was exceptional and I hope to return next time we are in fabulous Paris. The location is central and we could walk to different neighborhoods. Loved it!