A legend of the Left Bank, this iconic luxury hotel remained open against all odds during the various Parisian lockdowns, and is now back with a bang. SoBARNES gives you a sneak peek.
"When the curfew is lifted on 30 June, we'll be back in the Paris we love, the city that fascinates and excites us. We'd like to believe that this day marks the beginning of the golden years, bringing with it joy, hope and being reunited. We look forward to coming with you on this infinite and exciting journey that has only just begun. See you soon on the Left Bank for new adventures." We have to admit that this message, sent by Lutetia to the international press, is one we've all been waiting for!
Midway between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, this luxury hotel that first opened in 1910 has been intertwined with art and artists from the start. Strategically located between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse, it also fuelled the legend of the Roaring Twenties in Paris in the interwar period. Its listed façade, recognised by many as the figurehead of the Left Bank, was entirely redesigned by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte in 2018. After the Francis Ford Coppola suite previously presented by SoBARNES, the Lutetia continues to be inspired by the seventh art and unveils the Suite Parisienne by Isabelle Huppert, designed as a Parisian flat overlooking the classic slate roofs:
The actress wanted to leave a part of herself in this suite by displaying the haute couture Yves Saint-Laurent dress she wore to the 44th César awards, the original script of The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) or the poster from the 2009 Césars. This suite was made in her image with its urban, dreamy, luminous and refined design, it also boasts a terrace with views stretching from Les Invalides to the Grand Palais. The Left Bank in all its splendour.
True to its DNA, the Lutetia does not forget the cultural importance that Saint-Germain-des-Prés had throughout the 20th century. This spirit is embodied in SoBARNES' favourite room, the Suite Littéraire, presented by Belgian historian Maurice Olender:
Paris is not the only capital coming back to life this summer. But, Paris occupies a special place on the world stage of historic cities. A place it owes largely to its art de vivre, of which the Lutetia is an irreplaceable ambassador.
Hôtel Lutetia, 45, boulevard Raspail, 75007 Paris - FRANCE
Tél. : +33 (0)1 49 54 46 00 / Hotellutetia.com
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