In a city renowned for its luxe stays in chic postal codes, there is one destination that has remained an ambassador of effortless Parisian elegance for more than a century: The Hotel Lutetia. Centrally located in the heart of the iconic Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, The Set’s third property embodies the essence of true art de Vivre amidst winding alleys of posh shops and eateries.
A landmark of the neighborhood since 1910, the Lutetia recently underwent a multi-year renovation to modernize its array of amenities whilst still preserving the property’s timeless heritage as a registered historic location in the French capital. Fresh on the heels of its reopening one year ago, the hotel received the prestigious honor of being the only Palace hotel on the Left Bank and one of 19 Palaces in the country designated by a French Tourism Board-appointed commission.
The reimagined 184 rooms and 50 suites from renowned French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte are far more spacious than before, featuring more opportunities for contemporary luxury to seamlessly blend with Art Deco designs in an artistically inviting manner.
However, the pièce de résistance of the modern grand hotel’s rebirth are the eight signature suites with panoramic vistas, including the one designed in collaboration with legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. The St. Germain Penthouse by Coppola with bespoke furniture and rare film memorabilia honor the Hollywood icon’s work while the hand-picked art from Coppola’s private collection gives a rare glimpse into the artiste’s personal taste.
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While the Lutetia’s extensive black book of global clientele includes legendary greats Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, Josephine Baker, and Sonia Rykiel as well as modern-day stars from Sofia Coppola and Cindy Bruna to Chiara and Valentina Ferragni, the palatial Parisian property is a sanctuary for all.
Guests can relax from a strenuous day of shopping and sightseeing at the 700sqm Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center, where expert resident therapists encourage indulging in organic beauty treatments, soothing therapies, and cleansing hammams based off of the four elements for an immersive sensorial experience.
Choosing a restaurant in a city prided on its gourmet gastronomy is more difficult with Lutetia Brasserie serving three Michelin-starred chef Gerald Passedat’s Mediterranean recipes across two floors and Salon Saint-Germain inviting foodies to rediscover traditional French cuisine with influences from Asia under a multi-hued glass ceiling.
The secluded patios and terraces throughout the hotel embrace the guests in serene escapes apart from the buzzing streets while the Bar Josephine touting floor-to-ceiling Art Nouveau frescos and a statement grand piano is the go-to spot in the Rive Gauche for live Jazz performances reminiscent of the 50s.
Whichever room, restaurant, or respite you choose to check into at the Hotel Lutetia, it’s guaranteed to exude the cosmopolitan charm and subtle sophistication of its historic address in the City of Lights for an authentic, five-star Parisian memory.