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 the street. 

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.

 

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