From Paris: Hôtel Lutetia will reopen its doors this spring after a four-year closure for refurbishments led by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. PR reps were mum on an exact opening date but when we visited the hotel's website and tried to make a booking, it showed May 15 as the first available date, so keep an eye out. Located at 45 Boulevard Raspail, in the St.Germain-des-Pres area of the Left Bank, the hotel was originally opened in 1910 by the Boucicaut family and was later acquired by The Set.
What’s to note is the room number has decreased from 233 to 184 (including 47 suites), allowing for larger rooms and better room configurations, according to the hotel. The top accommodations available after the refurbishment will be the Presidential Suite and two penthouse suites, each with private terraces. These rooms will also be fitted with king beds and Carrara marble bathrooms, and will receive butler service and access to the Wellbeing Centre.
Also debuting this spring will be a Jazz Bar, the Salon Saint-Germain, the Orangerie, a lounge and open-air courtyard, and the Salon Crystal—all helmed by executive chef, Benjamin Brial. Brial began his career at the Ritz in Paris and the two Michelin-starred Apicius before joining the Four Seasons Hotel George V at Le Cinq. He has worked internationally at the Four Seasons Shanghai Pudong, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong and the Four Seasons, Ten Trinity Square in London.
In addition to these spaces, the Lutetia Brasserie will be reopened under Gérald Passedat’s direction. Passedat currently holds three Michelin stars in France.
When it reopens, Letutia will have an Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, a 7,500-square-foot spa (popular from the Hotel Café Royal in London and Conservatorium in Amsterdam). There will be six treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, plunge pool, infinity-edge Jacuzzi and large fitness room with the latest equipment. Good to know: there will also be a 56-foot-long swimming pool.