Hôtel Lutetia Paris Restoration, Boulevard Raspail Building, French Accommodation
Hotel Lutetia Paris Building
Architecture in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, France – renewal design by Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte
22 Aug 2018
Hotel Lutetia Paris Building
Renewal Design: Jean-Michel Wilmotte Architects
Location: Hôtel Lutetia, 45 Boulevard Raspail, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 6th arrondissement of Paris, France
Restoring the Lutetia Hôtel, Paris
Lutetia: the story behind the restoration
This year sees the re-opening of one of Paris’ most best-known hotels; Lutetia. After being acquired by The Set and closed for four years of restoration, Lutetia is finally re-opening its fabled doors on 15th May, beginning a new chapter in the wonderous life of this iconic hotel.
The history of the hotel spans decades. The hotel was built in the Art Nouveau style to designs to architects Louis-Charles Boileau and Henri Tauzin. The hotel was originally opened in 1910 by the Boucicaut family, founders of Le Bon Marche department store. Over the years, Lutetia has played host to some iconic names such as Pablo Picasso, Charles de Gaulle, Marianne Oswald, André Gide, Peggy Guggenheim and Josephine Baker. James Joyce even wrote part of Ulysses at the hotel.
Acquired by The Set, known for their sensitive and transformative restoration of historical properties, the hotel was closed four years ago, in April 2014, for an ambitious period of restoration and refurbishment that will return the property to its rightful place amongst the city’s Palace hotels and as the only Grand hotel on the Left Bank.
We take a look behind the scenes of this restoration and witness the transformation through the eyes of the Architect, Jean-Michel Wilmotte; “Lutetia is an extraordinary, legendary site. To revive its splendour and make it a 21st Century hotel that meets the criteria of ‘The Set’, the Art Déco and Art Nouveau architectural elements from the past will be blended with contemporary design”.
As Georgi Akirov, Chairman of The Set states “Lutetia is a magnificent hotel uniquely situated in Paris’s fashionable St. Germain, it is quite simply the only grand hotel on the Left Bank, the much-loved area of the City of Lights. Our mission for this important project was to embrace the heritage of this iconic property, one that holds a special place in the hearts of all Paris, and marry it with our own contemporary spirit, a beautiful composition of the Old and the New. In this, we will make Lutetia one of the most sought-after destinations with an enhanced role on the Parisian hotel and artistic scene.”
The new hotel will unveil a Jazz Bar, the Salon Saint-Germain, the Orangery, a lounge and open-air courtyard – a new addition to the hotel and the Salon Crystal. We have created a video to convey the magic behind the restoration (embed code below). The care, love and detail that went into the refurbishment is clear, and you can see more of restoration here.
At the most outstanding addresses, in the world’s most vibrant cities, The Set is creating the modern grand hotels of our time. In each one, we beautifully compose experiences that capture the hearts and minds of our guests, and the spirit and pace of their contemporary lifestyles. Currently consisting of the Hotel Café Royal in London, the Conservatorium in Amsterdam and Lutetia in Paris (opening May 2018), they are inspired by the artistic and imaginative heritage of their buildings and their iconic cultural and vibrant locations.
Hotel Lutetia Paris Building images / information received 22 August 2018
Address: 45 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 49 54 46 00
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