Vogue Reviews: Hotel Lutetia, Paris
The Lowdown: Both are known for their rich history, love of arts, and dedication to luxury. Hotel Lutetia and Paris are a match made in heaven; no wonder it is called the city of love. Opening in 1910 by the founders of the infamous Bon Marche in left-bank Paris, the iconic hotel welcomed renowned creative figures such as Picasso and Matisse. Thanks to The Set Collection, the grand Parisian hotel has reopened its doors and been restored to its former glory. Step into the past as you enter the hypnotic lobby that upholds its original charm. The hotel breathes history by merging the geometry of Art Deco with the curves and mosaics of Art Nouveau. However, a contemporary reinvention and a new interior courtyard flood the resurrected hotel with the light of the 21st century.
Iconic Eats: The left and right banks of Paris don’t rub shoulders too often, but when they do, it tends to be at the iconic Brasserie Lutetia, where Paris has come together for more than a century to dine and drink. Executive chef Patrick Charvet serves his contemporary take on a classic menu over two floors and an al fresco patio. Although, guests are spoiled for choice at hotel Lutetia, with five restaurants to explore. Although if you want to experience something truly magical, you must dine under the magnificent glass-painted ceiling at Le Saint-German. Be bathed in a sea of light while enjoying afternoon tea and French desserts!
Suite Style: As if the dining experience wasn’t exquisite enough, Hotel Lutetia ensures your sleep is just as delightful. With 184 rooms, including 47 suites, your stay will be grand in style and size due to a reduction in rooms from the original structure. The true renaissance is the penthouse suite which is 70sq with a 360-degree view of Paris. However, the creme de la creme has to be the six signature suites decorated by distinguished figures in art, fashion, and cinema. Our favorite is the Suite Parisenne by Isabelle Huppert; the suite contains mementos of the actor and is an ode to the spirit of couture; there is even an haute couture dress by Yves Saint Laurent. Pinch us.
Retreat Treats: Named after an Indian Legend, Akasha, the Lutetia Spa is a sanctuary inspired by the source of the four elements; earth, water, fire, and air. Featuring a 17m full-length pool alongside numerous treatment rooms, Lutetia returns guests to a natural state of calm and serenity. The unique spa offers massages named after the four elements; Forget don’t play with fire; Lutetia’s Fire-inspired Ayurvedic deep massage aims to rebalance vital energy, exactly what you’ll need after a busy day in Paris.
Insider’s Tip: Be sure to explore the iconic Saint-Germain-des-Pres, the neighborhood surrounding the hotel. Enjoy the nearby streets and local attractions, such as Cire Trudon, Poilane Bakery, and the infamous Le Bon Marche. In just a short walk, you will witness a street lined with authentic Parisian restaurants where you can people-watch locals enjoying wine and reminiscing on their day in the city of love.
Vogue Verdict: A modern renaissance amid the city of love, merging artistic interiors and suites adorned for the Louvre itself.