Ho­tel lute­tia

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The lowdown A four-year facelift has breathed new life into this much-loved Parisian icon. Best for Those seek­ing op­u­lence and ro­mance on the arty Left Bank.

This fa­bled grande dame has a cul­tural her­itage that sparkles with some of the bright­est names of the 20th cen­tury. Ernest Hem­ing­way, Peggy Guggen­heim and Pablo Pi­casso all breezed through the ho­tel’s el­e­gant front doors and held court at its in­fa­mous restau­rant. To­day, fol­low­ing a top-to-toe ren­o­va­tion, the Lute­tia has been re­born with a cool-luxe look. Ev­ery de­tail is thought­fully con­sid­ered, from the stun­ning bath­rooms to the im­pres­sive

Bar Joséphine, with orig­i­nal ceil­ing fres­coes un­earthed dur­ing the restora­tion, hint­ing at the ho­tel’s bo­hemian spirit. Ar­chi­tect Jean-michel Wil­motte has over­seen the re­struc­ture, turn­ing 233 rooms into 184, of­fer­ing guests a greater sense of space and calm. Chef Gérald Passé­dat of three-miche­lin-star Le Petit Nice in Mar­seille, has brought his fam­ily’s gas­tro­nomic her­itage to Lute­tia’s clas­sic brasserie. A buzzy new jazz bar, court­yard lounge, state-of-the-art spa and sky-lit in­door pool com­plete the prop­erty, promis­ing a per­fect stay in the city of lights. Book it Dou­ble rooms from £750 (hotel­lute­tia.com).

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