A PARISIAN RE­MAKE

DestinAsian - - GOOD TO GO HOTEL NEWS - —James Louie

The most an­tic­i­pated open­ing in the French capital this year is that of the Hotel Lute­tia ( 33-1/4954-4600; hotel­lute­tia.com; dou­bles from US$829), a 118-year-old Art Nou­veau gem on the Left Bank of the Seine. Fa­vored by gen­er­a­tions of literati, the grande dame of Saint-Ger­main-des-Prés relaunches on June 15 after a sen­si­tive four-year ren­o­va­tion by ar­chi­tect Jean-Michel Wil­motte that has peeled back false ceil­ings and lay­ers of paint to re­veal for­got­ten fres­coes and other orig­i­nal de­sign flour­ishes. Nat­u­ral light now spills into the up­dated guest rooms, whose num­bers have been re­duced from 233 to 184, and the Lute­tia’s Belle Époque charm lives on in the down­stairs venues that have been trans­formed into a jazz bar (pic­tured above), lounge, and open-air court­yard. Also of note: the sto­ried Brasserie will now be helmed by three-Miche­lin-starred chef Ger­ald Passe­dat.

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