Artistic License: New Suites at Hôtel Lutetia Paris

Hôtel Lutetia Paris

Hôtel Lutetia Paris


We hear from Jean-Luc Cousty ([email protected]), general manager of the Hôtel Lu tetia Paris, that the hotel has debuted four new Art Deco “Rotonde Suites,” each showcasing the art of four world-renowned photographers. The new suites opened in January, just in time for the Left-Bank hotel’s 100th anniversary.

The Scoop: The hotel worked with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in selecting four contemporary photographers who “epitomize today’s worldly trends.” The Four: America’s Elliot Erwitt, Brazil’s Vik Muniz, Japan’s Keichii Tahara and Italy’s Mimmo Jodice. The Concept: Each of the four suites has been named after the continent where the photographer hails from—the North America, South America, Asia and Europe Rotonde Suites. We especially like the South America suite, which is decked out with celeb shots—Bardot and Monroe, to name two.

Top View: Because each suite is a corner accommodation, guests staying in them will have the best views of the Left Bank. While the artists have been handed carte blanche to outfit their particular unit, the hotel was careful to maintain the suites’ original features. Period wardrobes that have adorned the suites since they were designed have also been entirely restored. All the Rotonde Suites have one bedroom, a sitting area and a private balcony.

That’s not all that’s new at the hotel. Though France has prohibited smoking in public spaces, Hôtel Lutetia has circumvented the ruling by opening its own (legal) Cuban-themed Fumoir, formerly the hotel’s grill room, complete with leather divans and armchairs.

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