The historic Hotel Lutetia on Paris' Left Bank reopened Thursday
following a four-year, $240 million renovation.
The renovation, led by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte,
reduced the room count from 233 to 184, allowing for larger rooms. There are
seven suites, two presidential suites and two penthouse suites.
New features include an open-air courtyard and a
7,500-square-foot spa and wellness center.
In September, the hotel's famed Lutetia Brasserie will be
reopened under chef Gerald Passedat, who holds three Michelin stars.
The 108-year-old hotel was built in 1910 by the heirs of the
Boucicaut family to complement their department store, Le Bon Marche, across
Because of its location, it quickly became a favorite haunt
of artists and intellectuals. Guests included James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway.
Marianne Oswald, Peggy Guggenheim, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.