Condé Nast Traveller Middle East



How many hotels have you stayed in which have monogramme­d your

initials onto your pillowcase­s? Where Berluti did the shoe polishing, toiletries were by Etro and the nearest boutique was Hermès? It may have a glittering pedigree since it opened its doors in 1910 – the Art Deco

Lutetia has played host to creative and literary luminaries like Josephine Baker, Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent and Catherine Deneuve – but the Left

Bank Palace doesn’t rest on its laurels. Since its all-encompassi­ng four-year revamp, which meticulous­ly preserved the history of the property while subtly adding in all the high-tech advancemen­ts required by today’s sophistica­ted traveller, the hotel has upped the ante drawing in

the same discerning crowd that has always fêted this Saint Germain icon. You’ll feel the pedigree of The Set Hotels – Amsterdam’s Conservato­rium

and London’s Hotel Cafe Royal are also part of their portfolio – but the distinctiv­e Parisian character of Lutetia is all its own. Located in the heart

of the city’s vibrant artistic district, the location may lure you, but the expertise of the staff – who are able to magic up a surprise birthday party

for a two-year old with as much finesse as being able to secure tables at three-Michelin starred tables across the city – and the sheer comfort of

the state-of-the-art rooms, is what sets this palace apart from the rest. Once ensconced in one of the 184 completely sound-proofed rooms or

suites, you’ll see the attention-to-detail when it comes not just to aesthetics but to creature comforts. If you’re looking to go all out, book the two-level Eiffel Suite at the summit of the property, complete with an elaborate 800-square-foot terrace facing the symbol of the city. The only downside of this hotel? You won’t want to leave its comforting confines.

NATASHA FARUQUE Doubles from about AED 4,515; hotellutet­

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