Resort Lutetia Paris assessment: Timeless luxurious on the Left Financial institution

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Resort rankings run the gamut from stars to diamonds to roses. However in the case of the perfect lodges in Paris, just one designation actually issues: the so-called “Palace” lodges. There are simply 12 of those grande dames sprinkled all through the French capital. Amongst them, a single one resides on the Left Financial institution: the Resort Lutetia.


Resort Lutetia was initially constructed in 1910 by the house owners of the close by Le Bon Marché division retailer as a lavish respite for his or her most necessary clients. The lodge additionally hosted luminaries like Pablo Picasso, Josephine Baker and James Joyce, who wrote a part of “Ulysses” whereas staying right here. Lately, nonetheless, each visitor is more likely to really feel like a VIP because of the luxurious appointments and impeccable French service.

A four-year multiyear renovation to the tune of over $200 million by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte (his agency additionally designed the Mandarin Oriental Paris) on the behest of the Set Assortment lodge group has brightened up the lodge’s decadent public areas and unmistakable artwork nouveau facade, redolent with grapevines and trellises. Its distinctive electrical marquee has been beckoning guests from the world over again to its stylish corridors since its reopening in 2018.


I used to stroll by the Resort Lutetia on my option to work once I lived in Paris again within the late Nineteen Nineties, dreaming of the day once I would possibly have the ability to keep there as a visitor. I lastly had that chance throughout a summer time journey to Paris, and even obtained to check out the lodge’s advantages as a part of the Capital One Premier Assortment because of my Capital One Enterprise X Rewards Credit score Card (see charges and charges).

Even after twenty years of anticipation, the lodge lived as much as my lofty expectations, after which some. This is what it was like staying on the Resort Lutetia in Paris.

Getting there

Resort Lutetia is positioned on the nook of Boulevard Raspail and rue de Sèvres in Paris’s sixth arrondissement. It’s simply throughout the road from the Sèvres-Babylone metro station on the ten and 12 strains in addition to bus stops for a number of of the town’s routes. The Saint Sulpice and Saint-German-des-Pres stations on the metro’s 4 line are additionally not far.


When you’re coming from Paris Charles de Gaulle, an Uber ought to take between 45-90 minutes and value between 50-90 euros ($55-$99). You can too pay simply 11.45 euros and take the RER B line to Chatelet Les Halles then swap to the 4 line of the metro and take it for six stops to Saint Sulpice then stroll 5 minutes from there. The entire journey time must be about 60-70 minutes.

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The closest prepare station is Gare de Montparnasse, a 10-minute drive away, although attending to both Gare du Nord or Gare de l’Est ought to solely take 20-25 minutes.

Reserving particulars

Resort Lutetia is a part of the Set Assortment, a bunch of a couple of dozen high-end lodges in Europe, Asia and Mexico. The lodge is a part of GHA’s Discovery program, however Resort Lutetia doesn’t take part in any of the opposite main lodge factors applications.

The lodge is a part of Capital One’s Premier Assortment, nonetheless. So when you have both the Capital One Enterprise X Rewards Credit score Card or the Capital One Enterprise X Enterprise (see charges and charges), you’ll be able to ebook your keep by way of Capital One Journey for value-added advantages like free each day breakfast for 2, as much as $100 in on-property expertise credit and room upgrades (if accessible).


Resort Lutetia can also be a part of Amex High quality Accommodations + Resorts, so when you have The Platinum Card® from American Categorical or The Enterprise Platinum Card® from American Categorical, you may make a reserving by way of and obtain perks like availability-based upgrades, as much as a $100 credit score to make use of on-property throughout your keep for issues like drinks or meals, complimentary each day breakfast for 2 and assured late checkout.

Charges at Resort Lutetia begin at 1,296 euros ($1,430) per evening.

Standout options

  • Modern, spacious rooms (even requirements are 355 sq. toes) with iconic views, Carrara marble bogs and Parisian prospers.
  • Eating choices abound, from one of many metropolis’s most luxurious breakfast buffets to handcrafted cocktails at Bar Josephine.
  • One among Paris’s finest lodge swimming swimming pools is the right place for a pre- or post-treatment dip on the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Spa.



The vibe


As you strategy the Resort Lutetia from the road — its rooftop signal’s vibrant bulbs illuminated for all to see — the lodge’s 123-year historical past is virtually palpable. The constructing’s undulating ashlar Artwork Nouveau facade teems with stylized vines and trellises.

Initially constructed as lodging for close by Le Bon Marché’s well-heeled clients on the flip of the final century, the lodge has hosted luminaries comparable to James Joyce and Josephine Baker. In reality, its painstakingly transformed ground-floor jazz bar is known as after the well-known chanteuse, and you may admire the ornate frescoes adorning its restored authentic ceiling and partitions. No surprise Resort Lutetia has garnered a coveted “Palace” designation by the French authorities — the one Left Financial institution lodge to carry that honor.


The present visitor listing is a mixture of refined worldwide jetsetters on the town for the newest trend present, gallery opening or hostile takeover. Even essentially the most frosty customer will soften, nonetheless, within the heat of the gracious employees’s hospitality (you may be greeted by title by everybody you see from the second you arrive, which is considerably intimidating, however principally great). Many stick round for a leisurely breakfast within the traditional Brasserie Lutetia, the place locals additionally come to puff pungent Gauloises cigarettes over a midmorning espresso on the patio, or take their conferences underneath the colourful painted-glass ceiling of Le Saint-Germain lounge. So that you by no means know whom you would possibly run into.


The room

After its renovation, Resort Lutetia now has simply 137 rooms and 47 suites, together with eight signature suites, a few of which have expansive rooftop terraces with uninterrupted views of Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower.

I took up residence in a second-floor (third by U.S. requirements) Junior Suite with Balcony that ignored Boulevard Raspail. At almost 540 sq. toes and with an open flooring plan, it felt extra like a really massive lodge room reasonably than a set.

After passing by way of the entry lobby with a closet to both facet massive sufficient to accommodate a number of steamer trunks of yore, a pointy proper introduced me into the mixed bed room and residing space.

One thing about it felt merely cinematic, whether or not it was the proscenium-style arch main out by way of the French doorways to my slim balcony, the recessed ceiling harking back to the film palaces from movie’s early days, or the standing lamps with round Murano glass lenses, which resembled spotlights from a film set.

The decor was delicate however refined. Navy-blue wooden paneling framing the mattress and in a single nook created distinct sections to the room with out really partitioning it. The marble-topped desk and leather-based armchair had a hidden panel for plugs and a pill to regulate the lights, temperature and blinds.

The lounge was vibrant however cozy with a gray-upholstered chaise lounge and a picket desk, which held a welcome amenity of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, recent fruit, house-made cookies and a chocolate sculpture formed like a standard Parisian river ship — the lodge’s image.

Alongside the wall subsequent to the swiveling flat-screen Sensible TV, the mirrored minibar held a full complement of glassware, together with Champagne flutes and wine glasses with which to benefit from the crimson Bordeaux or white Chablis stocked in addition to mugs for espresso from the in-room Nespresso machine. Among the many different drinks on supply have been varied whiskeys and cognacs, Abatilles and Badoit glowing water, Coca-Cola and Alain Milliat juices. As for treats, there have been French specialties Les Cookies de La Mere Poulard apple-caramel biscuits from Normandy, Le Bonbon Français nougat from Provence and varied fancy Comptoir du Cacao chocolate bars.

Again towards the doorway, the large Carrara marble toilet appeared prefer it comprised half the sq. footage, with French doorways and a balcony of its personal letting in gentle, although additionally a novel round overhead chandelier for when the blinds have been closed for privateness.


Alongside one facet have been a water closet with a multifunction Geberit bathroom and the two-sink vainness full with a Dyson hairdryer.

Alongside the opposite have been a dramatic sleigh-shaped soaking tub and a palatial walk-in bathe with a low bench. Woodsy Palais Jamais Etro merchandise have been stocked all through.

Over the course of my five-night keep, housekeeping stored the suite spotless with each day cleanings and turndown service, and the house labored equally nicely for stress-free and taking within the French road scenes under as for getting evening’s relaxation because of wonderful soundproofing and maintaining with work with the quick, free Wi-Fi and people plentiful plugs.

Foods and drinks

Claiming satisfaction of place proper on the nook of Boulevard Raspail and rue de Sèvres on the lodge’s floor flooring, Brasserie Lutetia serves a mixture of traditional French dishes together with some fascinating updates underneath the management of government chef Patrick Charvet. The 2-story house was often bustling, and at evening, the overhead decorations of fanciful miniature hot-air balloons gave it a whimsical atmosphere.

Among the many dinner specialties have been conventional French onion soup (21 euros, $23), Burgundy snails in parsley butter (19 euros, $21), sole meuniere with capers and recent herbs (58 euros, $64) and traditional blue lobster roasted entire with its juices and a facet of crispy fries (64 euros, $70), which paired completely with a glass of the lodge’s bespoke Champagne, Cuvée Lutetia from Taittinger (26 euros, $29).

A full American breakfast (58 euros, $64) with a buffet and a selection of scorching entree plus limitless espresso and espresso drinks, tea, juice and water was included in my reservation, so I’d begin my days at Brasserie Lutetia with a choice of recent pastries and fruit together with quite a lot of cheeses, charcuterie, smoked salmon and cereals.

I attempted a luxurious waffle with Chantilly cream and berries someday, and varied egg dishes with sides like avocado and crispy bacon or smoked salmon the others. A room service breakfast order arrived inside 20 minutes nonetheless scorching and superbly laid out on a rolling desk, which was collected inside 5 minutes of my calling down.

Bathed in multicolored gentle from its painted-glass ceiling by artist Fabrice Hyber, Le Saint-Germain felt extra like an elegant library or salon, with snug seating vignettes and cabinets with artwork items and books. The all-day menu right here had some lighter choices like avocado with quinoa and mango in a citrus dressing (26 euros, $29) in addition to extra substantial dishes from the brasserie menu, like grilled rib eye with potatoes (46 euros, $51). Afternoon tea service is obtainable on weekends.

Throughout from Le Saint-Germain, Bar Josephine opens within the evenings and options stay music Thursdays to Saturdays. The house is just magnificent because of a dramatically lit mirrored bar and authentic frescoes masking its partitions and vaulted ceiling depicting pastoral scenes and the grape harvest, which took artist Adrien Karbowsky 17,000 hours to revive. The music-inspired cocktail menu is spectacular, too, and options signature drinks just like the herbaceous Paris, Paris with Guillotine vodka, St-Germain liqueur, citrus and celery bitters and a touch of Champagne (26 euros, $29) and the heady however mellow Resistance with Bacardi rum, coconut oil, French toast essence, lapsang and licorice (26 euros, $29).

Lastly, there’s a cigar lounge known as La Bastide with wooden paneling and deep, tufted leather-based sofas, that has stay DJs on Thursdays and a cocktail menu impressed by different music albums from the previous a number of a long time. It additionally hosts particular exhibitions like a present one on French musician, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg. Sadly, I didn’t get the prospect to go to … however one thing for subsequent time.

Facilities and repair

Except for its bars and restaurant, Resort Lutetia’s important facilities are targeted on wellness and rest. Under road stage, visitors can go to the lodge’s Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Spa. The amenities comprise a hair salon, males’s and ladies’s locker rooms and a big fitness center with Life Health cardio and weight machines, free weights and a yoga studio.

There’s additionally a shocking 17-meter subterranean lap pool lined by loungers and with dramatic lighting results to evoke a way of tranquility. Subsequent to it’s an space with a steam room and a hammam.

The spa itself has six remedy rooms together with a big {couples} one, the place visitors can take pleasure in signature experiences just like the anti-aging and radiance facials with Swiss Cellcosmet merchandise and wonder remedies with the lodge’s customized line of U Magnificence merchandise.

Though Parisians are inclined to get a foul fame for his or her remedy of vacationers, the town’s prime lodges may be paragons of hospitality, and the Resort Lutetia proves the rule. From the second I arrived, it was as if everybody on employees knew my title and would greet me with a smile within the foyer or hallways. Every time I returned to the lodge after an outing, each the doormen and reception brokers cheerfully welcomed me again with a sunny “Bonjour, monsieur Rosen!”


The wait employees at Brasserie Lutetia knew my espresso order from the second day onward and proactively provided to get me the identical pastries as I might chosen from the buffet the day earlier than. The bartenders at Bar Josephine have been likewise courteous and genial, providing me tips about music venues and lesser-known museums round city.

After I requested the spa receptionists if I might have a look across the wellness amenities, I used to be given an in depth accompanied tour and inspired to take any pictures or movies I favored the place different visitors weren’t current.

To place it in French phrases, the service was merely nonpareil, and was among the many finest I’ve skilled in Paris.

Out and about

Resort Lutetia is faraway from the town’s extra touristy areas, however nonetheless inside straightforward distance to many sights and neighborhoods you would possibly wish to go to, both by public transport, automotive or strolling.

There’s a cute park simply throughout Boulevard Raspail from the lodge, and the encompassing streets have loads of eating places, bars and cafes that the lodge’s concierge can be completely happy to advocate, together with the elegant bistro, Le Petit Lutetia, a couple of blocks to the west.


Boulevard Saint Germain, with its upscale boutiques and busy cafes, is only a five-minute stroll away, and the Musee d’Orsay is simply quarter-hour on foot, whilst you can stroll to Les Invalides in about 20 minutes. You can too hop on the metro simply throughout the road and zip to any of the town’s different areas.


In fact, you also needs to go to Le Bon Marché itself, which is a five-minute stroll west. The division retailer now includes a number of buildings peddling every thing from high-design fashions to housewares. There’s even a connoisseur meals courtroom that is the right spot to seize delicacies for an impromptu picnic by the Seine.


Though the lodge’s important entrance on Boulevard Raspail has stairs, there may be additionally a small elevator for wheelchair use, and as soon as on the foyer stage, you may get to the reception desks and the lodge’s bars and eating places with out the usage of an elevator. There are, nonetheless, elevators with chair-height buttons to get you each all the way down to the spa (and a chairlift into its pool) and as much as the visitor lodging.

Talking of lodging, there are 5 wheelchair-accessible guestrooms with options like roll-in showers, lowered sinks and mirrors and assist handles by the bathrooms and within the showers. To make sure you’ll be able to reserve one in every of these, contact the lodge instantly.


Because it initially opened in 1910, Resort Lutetia has been one in every of Paris’s most unique addresses. After a protracted, pricey renovation and reflagging underneath the Set Assortment, the lodge is trying as recent and opulent as ever. The spectacular public areas, together with its jaw-dropping underground marble pool, the superb eating venues and chic rooms and suites all contribute to its well-deserved “Palace” designation and make Resort Lutetia the most effective lodges in Paris. Though nightly charges may be very costly, should you’re capable of ebook by way of a program just like the Capital One Premier Assortment, the value-added advantages could make a keep right here that rather more memorable.

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