The Signature Suites at Hotel Lutetia — Paris, France
Following a five-year revamp, Paris’ Hotel Lutetia continues to awe, now with the rollout of seven Signature Suites which - along with the newly added spa, numerous food and beverage outlets and a slew of transformed rooms - have put the final stamp on Lutetia’s rightful title as the only luxury grand hotel on the capital’s Left Bank.
In extending the hotel’s overall residential style, architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has infused the spirit of Lutetia’s historic guests, bringing the suites to life with a contemporary patina. In the two-bedroom Josephine Baker Suite with Eiffel View Terrace, for example, the Jazz Age legend lives on via photographic art and warm, elegant furnishings that include a pair of Marco Zanuzo armchairs and bespoke lanterns. Over in the St Germain Penthouse, designed in collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, an inventive concept is debuted whereby the famed director has infused the space with scripts, stills and personal photos. The theme is mirrored in The Eiffel Writer’s Suite, where hundreds of books coalesce with golden oak fittings and literary-inspired art.
The hotel’s completion in 1910 — a period of transition from Art Nouveau to Art Deco — marked a broad and significant launch point for Wilmotte, who stripped back the building’s greatly adapted interiors to create an aesthetic more aligned with the original exterior. In all Signature Suites, this translates to design that is modern and grand in equal parts. Lashings of Carrara marble — found in bathrooms — accompany gold accents, Murano glass, varnished wood and bronze, for a rich tapestry of colour and texture. The pièce de résistance is a series of intricately detailed terraces and balconies that both incorporate and contribute to the hotel’s stunning façade — a fitting crown for a Paris grande dame.§