by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | July 10, 2018
The 184-room Hôtel Lutetia has reopened in Paris, following a more than US$234 million renovation by the Set Hotels, a small company based in London that has two other hotels in its unique collection, the 165-room Hotel Café Royal in London and the 129-room Conservatorium in Amsterdam. 
 
On the City of Lights' Left Bank, the Hôtel Lutetia, which was built by the founders of the famous Parisian department store Le Bon Marché, opened its doors in 1910 and quickly established itself as the cultural hotspot for notables such as Josephine Baker and Pablo Picasso. Irish author James Joyce is even said to have written part of his classic novel "Ulysses" while staying there. The property's long and storied history includes being requisitioned by German forces during World War II to house its officers; during the liberation of Paris in 1944, under orders of Charles de Gaulle, the victims of Nazi atrocities stayed there while looking to reunite with their families.
 
Following the renovation, which painstakingly restored and incorporated the building's historic art deco interior into a more classic modern design, the hotel's original guest-room count has been paired down from 233 to a more spacious 184. Today, the hotel features six dining options, six meeting rooms and a signature 7,500-square foot Akasha Holistic Well Being Center, the latter a feature of Set Hotels' two other properties.