Hôtel Lutetia

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The elder woman from the right bank

In homage to days past, the Lutétia continues to illuminate Paris' right bank like a calm but majestic lighthouse.

Founded in 1910, it has a touch of belle époque in its external architecture, along with a completely art deco interior. As an established artists hangout from past to present, it was occupied by the Nazis during World War II and host for those who escaped the concentration camps as soon as the war ended. This establishment has now claimed the French capital as her own, and appropriately sports the latin motto : « fluctuat nec mergitur », which means, facing rough waters without ever despairing.

In a neighborhood surrounded by small passageways and charming shops, the imposing size of the Lutétia can only remind one of its neighborhood shopping center Bon Marché. But nothing is a coincidence : Mme Boucicaut, who is the founding owner of the Bon Marché, is also the founder of the hotel which, she hoped would give a warm welcome to its clients arriving from the countryside.

For a long time this hotel was owned by the Taittinger family, and its decor still reflects the inspiration of Sybille de Margerie. However, more than its decoration, the Lutetia brought a spark to a neighborhood which was lacking at times, but is today discreet and chic.

It's busy tambour doors reflects this style, along with the hotels large corridors and animated lounge areas. Its guests are welcomed at the reception by its elegant clients and personnel, its columns and marble, its woodwork and various sculptures of Arman or Cesar (surprisingly, made by Gustave Eiffel).

The hotel itself is a cultural focal point. Various artists and writers meet and are interviewed there, and every weekend at 22h30 an inspiring array of jazz concerts take place in the lounge area.

The worldly mingle in a world apart at this hotel, complete with a chic art-deco gourmet restaurant "le Paris", its brasserie "Lutetia," (which is casual but lively), and its bar-salon, which is the life center of the establishment.

Following the long corridors which lead to the 230 hotel room is like going back in time.

While some have had a contemporary make over, the rooms in the Lutetia have preserved their vintage charm.

Low-key but spacious, calm and simple, the rooms contain art deco furniture which goes well with the ambiance.

The brown tones are complimented by carpets and fine furnishings, along with a bright white beadspread that stretches out across the bed and compliments the painted walls.  The hotel also recently changed its rather dull selection of linens, including bedspreads and covers, for a more contemporary look.

The Lutetia is an elder woman indeed. With a touch of imagination, one can appreciate her for her charms of yesteryear, even if they may seem a bit worn at times. At the end of the day, love of perfection is but a youthful sin!

Nonetheless, the hotel is modernizing itself little by little. Although they are not perfect, the rooms are fairly soundproof. The bathrooms were partly redone, along with some of the suties. Wifi is available in the entire hotel. While its high tech features and luxury amenities are not the hotels focus, a mini-bar and safety deposit box are standard amenities.

The establishment has three types of rooms. The high end rooms look out to the Lutetias' courtyard, and are calm, a nice size, and enjoy the hotels high standard quality. While they aren't the reason what this hotel is a must stop, they are particularly suitable for business stays.

The deluxe rooms are quite spacious, and face the outside of the building. With an office, and relaxation corner with a table and two couches, they are perfect for both pleasure and business stays. Most of the bathrooms (but not all!) come with two large basins and a separate shower and bathtub. Of course, the rooms on the higher floors have more light, while those on the lower ones are noisier.

The suites are divided between junior and junior executive according to their style, along with the Lutetia prestige suite.

Despite its size, which does not allow for service as personalized as in a boutique hotel, the Lutetia offers an almost unrivaled range of services on the right bank including an Anglophone concierge available 24 hours a day, and room service available at any hour of the night. The personnel are young and welcoming, which is a nice surprise for a chain hotel.

 

 

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Hôtel Lutetia

45, bd Raspail
75006

Metro station : Sèvres-Babylone