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The Lutetia, the only palace on the left bank

September 21, 2011

Nested in the heart of Saint-Germain des Pres, just in front of the Bon Marche department store on boulevard Raspail, the Lutetia Palace appeals to all Art Deco fans. The building, which was actually the first Art Deco hotel built in Paris in 1910, soon became a meeting place for artists – Picasso, Josephine Baker or Andre Gide are said to have been patrons – and word of its reputation soon spread after General de Gaulle spent his honeymoon there.

The beginning of World War II was a real turning point in the palace history. During the occupation of Paris by the Nazis, the hotel became the headquarters of German officers. After the liberation of the French capital, it became the place where soldiers, refugees and survivors from concentration camps came with the hope of finding  relatives waiting for them. After this historical episode, the Lutetia went under a major renovation project in order to get back its splendor.

Today, no one can put in doubt the prestige of the Hotel Lutetia. It offers 300 rooms, among which almost 80 suites, making it the hotel in Paris with the most suites. All the rooms are decorated in a reminiscent Arts Deco style. It also houses the “Paris Restaurant”, run by Chef Philippe Renard who offers a contemporary cuisine and the “Lutetia Brasserie”, an authentic and classic brasserie, which was decorated by Sonya Rykiel in the 1990s. And if you just want to have a pleasant break, the Lutetia Bar is the perfect place for a drink to the sound of a piano.

Hotel Lutetia : 45 boulevard Raspail – 75006Paris

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2011 9:06 am

    Thank you very much for this very kind article about the Lutetia, we hope to welcome you at the hotel soon!

    Best regards,

    Céline Malka
    Community Manager at Hotel Lutetia

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