Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 44
Clockwise from left: Lutetia's
Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre,
Salon Saint Germain details, and
a Deluxe Room bathroom, complete with Hermès amenities.
A New Chapter
"Out with the old" is a fine motto for cleaning the attic; less so for restoring the Hotel Lutetia, Paris' only grand Left Bank hotel and a Saint-Germaindes-Prés nucleus for creatives (Hemingway and Joyce, for instance) since 1910. After a four-year closure and a $100-million-plus beautification
led by local architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the art deco landmark property reopened in June. Natural light streams into common spaces from a
central courtyard, uncovered during the renovation. Delicate ceiling frescoes in the lobby and bar were liberated from beneath layers of paint, and an
original glass ceiling, darkened by years of soot, sparkles in the Salon Saint Germain. While the room count decreased from 233 to 184, all are larger
and reconfigured with Calacatta marble bathrooms, oak floors, and king-size beds. Also soon to be back in action: the Lutetia Brasserie, which will
reopen in September under the direction of three-Michelin-starred chef Gérald Passedat. Doubles from $1,016, including an upgrade (if available) at
time of booking, welcome amenities, breakfast daily, and a $100 hotel credit.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
Paris welcomes back one of its most beloved hotels.