The story of Lvtetia is the story of Paris
Re-Opening June 2018
When the Boucicaut family opened the first modern department store, they changed how Parisians, and then the world, do their shopping. Once they had transformed retail commerce, their decision to innovate the hotel business was almost an afterthought. Their store was such a runaway success, that their many suppliers, bringing luxuries from afar, needed a comfortable place to spend the night. Visiting customers from across Europe also needed an enticement to stay longer. The board of 'Le Bon Marché' decided to open a modern, palace-inspired, luxury hotel in Paris, directly across from their famous store.
To name this second Left Bank landmark, they reached back to the origins of Paris itself, and took the city's Roman name: Lutetia. As one of the finest luxury hotels in Paris, every aspect of the Lutetia was a model for the new luxurious lifestyle. No expense was spared in crafting a masterwork. Thanks to their network of suppliers for the store, they could choose the very best: China from Haviland, silver from Christofle, and crystal from Baccarat. The design of the hotel itself is a daring transition from the Art Nouveau of the day to the emerging style of Art Deco. But their biggest innovation is leaving the usual enclaves of grand dame hotels, centred across the river, and bringing modern luxury to the Left Bank.
Following a complete renovation and restoration, the Lutetia will re-open in Spring 2018 as a founding member of The Set hotels.
Rediscover the new Lutetia
The Hotel Lutetia is an iconic landmark situated in the vibrant Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris and the only grand hotel on the Left Bank. Originally opened in 1910, the building was a daring move from art nouveau to the emerging style of art deco. The Lutetia delivers an authentic Parisian experience and has been at the heart of the local community for more than 100 years. The hotel has a fabled past and quickly became a place where the anonymous could be found alongside the famous, where art, philosophy, science and politics were continually created, discreetly and without ostentation. Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Picasso, Matisse and Josephine Baker where among regular visitors to the hotel.
When the hotel reopens in Spring 2018 it will be a modern grand hotel designed for contemporary living with all the facilities and amenities of today’s palace hotels. Amongst the 184 beautifully designed bedrooms, will be 47 suites. Of these suites, five signature suites, individually designed, will include one penthouse suite with private access to terrace as large as 74 sqm and boasting an unrivalled 360-degree view of Paris.
An eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and lounges throughout the ground floor including the return of the Lutetia Brasserie under the supervision of three Michelin starred Chef Gérald Passedat. A new internal sun filled Art Deco courtyard has been created for light dining plus an exclusive cigar lounge can be found on the ground floor. 700 sqm (7,500 sqft) of banqueting space including 5 meeting rooms and the stunning historic Salon Cristal ballroom for up to 300 people will once again welcome guests to create new memories from celebrations and events. The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, The Sets own wellness brand currently located in London and Amsterdam will be at the heart of the hotel. A 700 sqm spa dedicated to wellbeing and fitness featuring a 17m swimming pool benefiting from natural daylight.
The Lutetia has a special place in the hearts and minds of Parisians and visitors to the city alike. The Hotel reopens its doors in Spring 2018.