Originally opened in 1910, the building’s design 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 Left Bank is known for its nurturing of bold advances in literature, painting, sculpture and dance, and all of them found a home at Lutetia. Originally most associated with literature, just some of the historical and culturally significant figures who lived, worked and entertained at the hotel include Andre Gide and James Joyce who wrote “Ulysses” at the hotel with Ernest Hemingway acting as occasional editor, Samuel Beckett, André Malraux and Saint-Exupéry followed.
This was just as true for the other arts. Picasso and Matisse took up residence, Josephine Baker was a regular, and during the 50’s and beyond the hotel and its bar became a key part of the emergence and celebration of jazz. Also raising a glass in that famous bar, are the hotel’s new owners at the time, the Taittinger family. Like the famed champagne that bears their name, the Lutetia is now a favourite of a new generation of business, government and cultural leaders. De Gaulle, then a young officer spent his honeymoon at the hotel. In June 1940, the General slept there the night before his departure for England. He forgot a trunk which was stored in the basement until the Liberation. François Mitterrand was also a frequent visitor as was Albert Cohen, living at the Lutetia while writing his masterpiece “Belle du Seigneur”.
The hotel now features an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and lounges throughout the historical ground floor including the return of the Lutetia Brasserie under the supervision of three Michelin starred chef Gerald Passedat.
Unique to the area, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, is Lutetia’s 700 sqm/7,500 sqft spa dedicated to wellbeing and fitness featuring a 17m swimming pool bathed in natural daylight.
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