Hotel Lutetia

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

45 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

4 Reviews

Hotel Lutetia Paris
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 33% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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  • Families73
  • Couples74
  • Solo67
  • Business60
  • Paris Overated Hotel


    We arrived in Paris at 7:15 a.m. and it took over an hour to get to The Lutetia from Charles DeGaulle Airport. Traffice was insane. We were hoping to check in - it was late September and the crowds are supposedly gone. It was 9:30 a.m. when we arrived. The place smelled like an old bar and the interior was red bordello - right on the verge of shabby. The clerk spoke very stilted English - we understood a bit of French. We understood our room would not be ready until 2:00 p.m., but, if we wanted to pay an extra 200 Euros per night, we could get a room immediately across the hall streetside. We were informed our booked room would be "courtyard".
    We decided to wait and walked around the St. Germain area. Finally, at 3:00 p.m. we checked in. Talk about let-down. Tiny dark room and the view - none - only the metal cooragated roofs of the kitchen, etc. We could barely make out a patch of sky if we looked straight up. We should have gone down and complained right away. We were exhausted.
    The room was to be smoke free - but we smelled cigarette smoke all night long as we were just upstairs from the bar. Paris still allows smoking in most indoor venues - and they were working hard to do that here.

    Unique Quality: Housekeeping staff were great.
    Great central location.

    Directions: St. Germain and Latin Quarter - near Metro stop
    Near the Seine and Notre Dame
    Walking distance to Museums

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    A Grand Hotel


    “The presidency is temporary—but the family is permanent.”
    — Yvonne de Gaulle (1900-1979), wife of Charles de Gaule; the couple spent their honeymoon at the Hôtel Lutetia in 1921

    We have stayed at the Hotel Lutetia twice, the first in July 2000 for a week, and the second, in February 2003, was four nights long. Each visit has been superb.

    Opened in 1910, the Hotel Lutetia is the only grand palais-style hotel on the city’s Left Bank. The spaciousness of being situated at the intersection of boulevard Raspail and rue de Sevres adds to the hotel’s sense of grandeur. Fashion designer Sonya Rykiel refurbished the place in the 1990s.

    The staff is friendly, but professionally distant. The concierge desk is very helpful; they will do everything they can to fulfill your requests, including arranging dinner reservations or scheduling a car service. A fine complementary breakfast is available. Located on the border of the 6th and 7th arrondissments it is within easy walking distance of all Left Bank sights. And a short walk away is the River Seine with the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre on the other side.

    American Airlines includes the Hotel Lutetia in its hotel choices; it is a fine way to get a good airfare/hotel package deal. During the off-season, our second stay was for a birthday, which was used as an excuse to ask for an upgrade. It was granted — a junior suite with three balconies and a view of the Eiffel Tower and the Dome Church! — at no extra cost. If you cannot afford a room overlooking one of the boulevards ask for a room on the inner courtyard that faces a huge mosaic of the hotel’s logo. This courtyard is painted white, helping to make the room light and airy, and the mosaic is a pretty sight.

    The hotel has linked itself closely with the City of Paris in an important way. Lutetia was the name given to Paris by the area’s original inhabitants, the Celtic Parisii, and by the Romans. Hotel Lutetia played a role in the aftermath of the Second World War. Following the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in 1945 former inmates were cared for at the hotel. Hotel Lutetia was built through the initiative of the department store Bon Marche, which is nearby.

    Unique Quality: An excellent location. A great buffet breakfast in the lovely Art Deco dining room.

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    Paris: Grand hotel


    It was our honeymoon, so everything was perfect, but the Lutetia in Pari really was incredible.It's not cheap, but if you want to splerge, i highly recommend this place. We were given a suite, which automatically adds to the splendor, but even the regular rooms here are nice. The service is great, and the design is rich, and elegant. It's like old French Deco. Truely a great experience.

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    Art Nouveau Palace


    An art nouveau glory, with a bit of a dark history (occupied by the SS in WW II). In this hotel you feel like you have stepped back in time to 1910. I loved staying here when I was on business trips to Paris; they have great corporate rates, and the staff is attentive.

    Unique Quality: Have a drink in the lobby. You expect that Josephine Baker will stroll in at any moment. Not cheap (the drink and the room rates)-- smallest rooms start at about € 300 per night; from time to time the hotel offers discounted package deals (check their web sire for examples). Very close to the Bon Marché and the Chapelle de la Medaille Miraculeuse (see Off theBeaten Path)

    Directions: St. Germain de Pres-- great restaurants, cafés, museums, shopping within walking distance. Métro: Sèvres Babylone

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by ForestqueenNYC about Robes de Mariee de Monique Germain

This is a small boutique of the most beautiful wedding dresses that I have seen. The shop is located on Blvd Raspail on the Rive Gauche not far from Hotel Lutetia.

59, Boulevard Raspail
75006 PARIS
01 45 48 22 63 Wedding dresses.

Room Roulette

by A TripAdvisor Member

After a shaky start, we enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Lutetia. Be advised that some rooms are refurbished and some are not. The room we were initially given was shabbily furnished and well-worn. When we complained that the non-smoking room smelled of smoke, we were given a similar room on the facade on a floor that had been updated. What a difference! Now, we had a bright, clean room befitting a stay in this beautiful hotel. The common areas are tres chic. The buffet breakfast was pricey but is definitely worth a splurge at least one morning. The location is great. A metro stop is across the street and of course, you'll be staying in St. Germain.

Overpriced mediocrity

by A TripAdvisor Member

Would barely get 3 stars in my book, but pretends to be 5 and priced accordingly.

Granted, it does have rather authentic 30's look and feel, but pluses stop there.

Room furnishings are stylish, but quite basic, bathroom, at least in my room, very basic too, room service stops at 10pm, no tea or coffee facility in the room, no computer hook-ups, so if you are after some zeitgeist of pre-war era, this might be your place, otherwise stay away.
There is one more thing - if you are a smoker, this would be your paradise, but if you are not...
There are no non-smoking seats in the restaurant or brasserie, the lobby is one huge cigar parlor with many happy puffers, and the rooms seriously stink as well.

Excellent hotel

by TripAdvisor Member xlogo

We stayed in this hotel for 2 days and it was truly excellent. We requested and got a refurbished room with a view of the tower (room 506). The staff were very friendly and more than helpful to us which we really needed as this was our first visit to Paris. There is a Metro station just accross the the street from the hotel and the general area is excellent for shopping ( all shops close on Sunday), but there aren't to many bars in the immediate area ( but the couple that are there, aren't very expensive).

Avoid unless you have more money than sense

by TripAdvisor Member NB1957

Incredibly overpriced and very indifferent. Probably deserves one and a half stars but value for money I would go for zero. Looks nice but rooms small and very indifferent unless you are prepared to pay well over the odds. Breakfast expensive and unimaginative. It seems to rest on the laurels of a historical legacy. Have stayed in much better hotels in Paris at a fraction of the cost and with better rooms and value for money. If you use the bar be prepared to take out a second mortgage to buy a drink and never, never get into a round.

Nice Rooms - Perfect Location

by A TripAdvisor Member

I spent 3 days at the Lutetia last week. Personnel was helpful and bilingual. Room was clean and though it was small, everything was neat and clean. Did not eat there as it is almost double what you can find just across the street, but the metro station is so conveniently located.
I would definetely go back to this hotel.

Forum Posts

Souffle Restaurant

by hawkhead

Does anyone know the name and an address would be great) of a souffle restuarant (a restaurant that specialises in souffles) near the Hotel Lutetia? Apparently it is down a side street near this hotel but my contact can't remember the name. Any help would be most appreciated!

RE: Souffle Restaurant

by zuriga

If you don't get an answer here, try posting on (International section). Good luck.


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Address: 45 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris