Hotel Lutetia Paris
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Lots of work to be done
For many years I've traveled to Paris and always wondered why the Luteita is not included in the major guidebooks like Frommers and Fodors. Now I have some idea. The people running this place are the ones who give Parisians a bad image as hosts. Walking into the lobby of a supposed luxury hotel and seeing a flip chart with the bus departures listed for tour groups was a bad sign right at the outset. The first room we were given, allegedly a renovated one, was sparsely furnished with old, badly scratched furniture. When we complained, the manager insisted there was nothing wrong with the furniture - "This is art deco style," he explained to us. I'm pretty familiar with art deco and I can tell you this is much closer to Salvation Army style - it looked like something a Holiday Inn along the interstate probably discarded during a 1970's renovation. The next room was a little better-again sparsely furnished but here the wood tops had been covered with glass so there was much less damage to their valuable antique collection. The air conditioning was non-functional for the five days we were there-fortunately our room faced a back courtyard and we could open the windows for fresh air with minimal noise. On the plus side, the beds were very comfortable, the room was large by Paris standards and the left bank location just across from a Metro station was convenient. The hotel is trying to upgrade and the first step was apparently to print a very stylish guide to hotel services and room service with ridiculously high prices. The basic architecture is wonderful so someday they will hopefully get it together and the physical facility and service will match the "new look" reflected in the guest guide.
Lovely Springtime in Paris
My daughter and I were given a recommendation for this hotel. We found it intriguing that it couldn't be found in our guide books. We were upgraded on arrival to a junior suite which suited us very well. There was a snafu with the hotel's arranged ride from the airport and they were quite apologetic and quickly offered us free, private transportation for our return to Charles De Gaulle! The concierges helped us in every way setting up dinner reservations and making suggestions. We would highly recommend this property and plan to return there. Charming!
Sooooo under rated!
What a huge surprise...and relief!! Booked this for my girlfriend and I to celebrate her birthday earlier this month. There is not too much info "out there" on the web about it so was a little unsure what we would find. We need not have worried! Everything is beautifully presented and the staff are very attentive...but not obtrusive. The immediate vicinity is bustling - but not ridiculously so - and being located as it is just yards from a metro stop, it is therefore only minutes away from some of the key attractions that this wonderful city offers. Without doubt one of the most "underrated" hotels I have ever stayed in and I cant wait to go back!
Best in the heart of the Left Bank
I've stayed here three times, once on a vacation and twice on business.
It's definitely the best hotel in this part of Paris (St. Germain des Pres, the central Left Bank). The style of the public rooms is impeccable. Be very careful in selecting your room, and ask to see it first, because the accomodations are highly variable. Make sure to specify whether you want an outside room (recommended) or you might end up facing a blank courtyard wall, and check for the various levels of furnishings. The staff are very competent and have arranged a car for me, excursion tickets, etc. The Brasserie Lutetia is one of my favorite places to eat, and specializes in seafood. There's also a buffet breakfast (extra cost). You're right at the Sevres-Babylon Metro station, as well. I would gladly stay here again.
Location, oui, hotel pas trop mauvais
The location is perfect and the amenities are really nice when traveling with a group - the bar is great!! BUT:The rooms really need refreshing: Black mold in the shower (which had recently been remodeled), FILTHY dirty carpet, peeling paint They try - sort of - but it should be so much better... You can do much better at the Hotel Saint Germain (a block away)...
Delighted by the Jazz age...
Arrived back from spending 4 nights at the Hotel Lutetia...2/12-6/12 2003 We upgraded on a deal, an extra 40 euros a night meant we scooted up to deluxe! The grandeur, the history, the decadence of it all. We spent a fortune on extras; enjoying the Brasserie and the excellent hotel service in the salon du the. We are in love with Paris, the lights, the style, the laid back attitude to life. all of this and more is found at the Lutetia. Thanks to snatched deals off the web, and God Bless EasyJet for flying to CDG so cheaply; we languished in style on the left bank. Like us if you work like demons all year round treat yourself to the Lutetia experience...French Jazz chic!
Nice hotel, great location
We looked at a couple of "classic" rooms that were included in our Expedia package and picked the one with the largest bath. We could have upgraded for $40 per night but found only that the upgraded rooms had been redecorated and had a slightly nicer view but no real gain in space. The room size was comparable to a standard US hotel but the bath was large with a window, two sinks, plenty of shelf space for toiletries and a tub/shower. Heating and a/c is according to the calendar, not need. The hotel itself is very nice with an accomodating staff. The concierge made several good suggestions to us including Le Petite Chaise restaurant. If you have good shoes, the hotel is within walking distance of most major sights. If not, there is a subway stop right across the street. We would definitely stay at the Hotel Lutetia again.
My husband and I stayed at the Lutetia during our honeymoon. It's a nice hotel in a good location. The concierge was very friendly as well as the rest of the staff. It was our first time and first stop in Europe and we had heard that the French were rude, especially in Paris.
That is not true at all. Everyone there was very nice and helpful. The hotel is shaped in a square box with a cut out in the middle so your room may be facing another room, that's the only thing I didn't like.
Otherwise, clean rooms and an excellent breakfast :)
Beware of deals
I have stayed at The Lutetia on two occasions....the location is first rate and makes it a possible choice for future trips as well. However, I need to caution clients that the range of rooms within this gorgeous hotel go from spartan to opulent despite the seemingly "three category" choices...when it is booked by a "package deal" with an airline or as a benefit with frequent flier programs, be very specific about the room.
We were very dissappointed and frankly too tired after the overnight flight to complain...we then became too "unpacked" to want to move...but some of the pleasure of our vacation was gone because we knew the room to be the least desirable within our "superior" rating. Sorry:-)
I recently stayed at the Lutetia Hotel for 7 days as it is billed as once of Paris' 7 grand places in a famous coffee table book called the Paris Hotels. It has agreat location and impressive facade, right by the metro stop and is in a good left bank area. We were promised a room with an eiffel view, but even though we booked a superior king room, one knotch below the suites, we found out on arrival that an eiffel view is only available if you have a top floor suite. (They are expensive). Our room was adequately furnished, but not lavish. It was a nice size and had a large comfortable bathroom with a separate area for the toilet. The linens were nice and the bed comfortable. For the price $300 euros I was hoping however for a bit more luxurious room. It was very clean and the housekeeping staff very good. They never seemed to bother you , but the room was always made up.
The piano bar lounge was nice to return to after a long day. The piano player played great songs, all standards. The front desk staff were nice, but not always there. The concierge was always around and was courteous, but couldn't seem to get us in to any popular spots that you need a little pull to get into. They got us into the Moulin Rouge at the last minute, but that is not a great feat. I thought we got a discount if done throught the hotel, but beware, the money you save at the Moulin Rouge ($15 euros per person) is then charged back to you by the hotel for making the resevation, so there is really no discount. The hotel was good about arranging a reasonably priced car from the airport. All staff speak some english.
They were renovating while I was there but it didn't get noisy until after 9:30 a.m. so most people were out for the day. The halls they have renovated are very nice, the others look old. However don't go by the hallway, check your room to see if has been renovated as some rooms off the renovated halls are not as nice as some rooms off the halls that are not renovated yet.
I would stay there agin, but I would shop around more to see if I couldn't get a more lavish room for the price I paid.
Bonus. You can walk to Bon Marche from the hotel, a great depatemernt store that is not so crowded as those on the Grand Boulevard.
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... friends and visiting some super places, we will definitely be returning next year. We were very excited for our next adventure, staying in Madrid then flying to Paris for 3 nights and 2 full days to explore and revisit the attractions. After having a coffee and tapas in Murcia train station it was time to board, what a comfortable train, lots of leg room, very comfy seats and very quiet. We had a 4 hour journey ahead, after watching a film on the IPad, reading and ...
... but at least everyone can see the people walking past.
After lunch we kept walking g along the Siene yo the Notra Same. It is a building unfinished, because of the war the towed were not completed. The line was very, very long and the doors were closed so took some photos and walked back for a rest. We bought a print of Paris along the way. Also saw all the locks on the bridge where lovers propose and the lock symbolises ...
... outside the front door every night! The French and their peculiar way of doing things! Luckily the delicious meringues, chocolate eclairs and vanilla tartlets we had from the bakery tonight will win us over. Sam lightened the mood at dinner time this eve in as he tried to open a brand new tomato sauce bottle and ended up with half of it on his head - see attached photo for evidence! More sightseeing on the cards tomorrow with some sunshine ...
... we can see when there is an opportunity to cross. Otherwise, we confidently say to each other, "We are French," to get into the French pedestrian mindset of, "I walk where I want, when I want, and I dare you to hit me."
Also, no shower towels again today.. Apparently shower towels are not given out on weekends (because that makes sense). Not sure if Parisians do not shower on weekend or if hotel is ghetto. ...
... and overall just a very relaxing stay. We went to York, explored the Shambles, walked on top of the oldest wall in England (while pretending to be archers and shooting at the enemies below) did the York dungeon, which..... Was scary. It could have been worse (by being better) if all the actors were as good as the first one we had, but unfortunately the bar was set pretty high, and the others couldn't reach it. Went to mikelgate museum, where we were ...