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  • Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso’s favourite Parisian hotel, Hotel Lutetia, reopens with a contemporary redesign

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    Hotel Lutetia, the destination hotel for the Twentieth Century’s Parisian society elite, has reopened with a contemporary design.

    The hotel was once the dwelling point of eminent artists, philosophers, scientists and politicians.

    Lutetia has been closed four years for a total refurbishment, to bring its facilities up-to-date with the demands of the modern traveller. Opened in 1920, Hotel Lutetia is famous for being the only hotel (still, to this day) on the fashionable Left Bank of Paris – it’s also famous for its starry cast of guests.

    The hotel’s distinct position in the Parisian bohemian district lent itself to the 1930s social elite

    The new redesign respects the histories of the building while adding a modern, elaborate touch. There will be a particular luxury feel. Of the 184 rooms, a quarter will be suites and each will be decorated with local art and photography. Flora and fauna will play another key part.

    The hotel’s distinct position in the bohemian St. Germain district of the city lends itself to the city’s social elite. The hotel is within minutes of some of the best Parisian boutiques, art galleries and bars and clubs.

    Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse were live-in residents

    It was during the 1930s that the hotel became a cultural epicenter. Writers James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway famously stayed here, and artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse were actually residents.

    A traditional French brasserie, the Lutetia Brasserie, will open alongside a spot for lighter food, the Salon St. Germain, which will be the focal point of a statement courtyard within the hotel.

    A jazz club, cigar bar and spa with a “holistic” approach to wellbeing will feature a swimming pool.

    Step things up by joining the Virtuoso Program, which has partnered with the hotel to offer a range of bespoke benefits to their members. Benefits to the membership include a guaranteed room upgrade upon check-in, guaranteed early check in and late check out and ‘hotel credit’ to spend on site.

    Albert Herrera, who works as Virtuoso’s senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships, explained: “The extensive refurbishment of this beautiful legend will enhance its spirit and charm, and usher it into a new era of serving 21st-century travelers while remaining true to the authentic soul of the Left Bank. Even in a city with many wonderful luxury hotel options, Hotel Lutetia’s elegant blend of heritage and modernity will make it a true standout.”

    Hotel Lutetia reopens later in 2018, although no official date has been set yet

    Adam Bloodworth / 14.02.2018

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