Hotel Lutetia

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Hotel Lutetia

, Paris
5 star

Rooms: 231

45 Boulevard Raspail - Paris - 75006 - France Hotel Website | | 149544646
522 Traveller

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If you like 5 Star DONT stay here
Submitted by: Richard in 21/07/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From:
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
First let me warn you. I usually stay at 5 star properties such as Four Seasons George V, and Raffles so my view may be skewed. I thought the Lutetia was a DUMP. There rooms are old and run down. Several items including the TV did NOT work. The staff was OK, but not great. This is an over hyped hotel that I would NEVER stay in again. I recommend the Ritz or George V.
Submitted by: Edward in 03/11/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We stayed at this hotel which we found to be very central. Ideal from a tourist aspect in terms of rail, bus, metro services literally at the door. The suite was superb, great views and well decorated - room service excellent. The brassery restaurant was only o.k. It lacked both atmosphere and style; service was adequate quality of food not great and was expensive. The bar area was small and in my opinion inadequate for the size of the hotel. Bar staff seemed to lack motivation. Reception was helpful and well trained. Would certainly go back again and have already recommended this hotel to a number of our friends since our return to Ireland.
Recommended this hotel to a number of people.
A Paris Landmark
Submitted by: Stefan in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Iceland
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I'd always known that Hotel Lutetia was something special. When the likes of Hemingway frequent one's bar, everything around it is bound to be special. The hotel has been renovated assumingly quite recently, although our room seemed to be getting a little 'rusty. The lobby and the reception are an example of the perfect art deco styling. Can't complain about the service.
Outstanding service!
Submitted by: I.Tuomisto in 17/08/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Finland
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I was informed by other reviews that there are good rooms (facade) and some bad rooms (courtyard facing the wall) in Hotel Lutetia. So after making the reservation of a the standard room from the net I faxed a polite request, if it could be possible to have a renovated room with some view of the Paris sky. I am too embarrased to tell how many grades we were upgraded, but we looked at the Eiffel tower straight from the bed for four nights. .. The service was outstanding in all.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Lutetia

do not stay in this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I don't really know where to begin there are so many problems with this hotel. We were given a crappy tiny depressing room facing the inner courtyard. Our reservation rate was not honored by the hotel. The first two rooms they gave us were occupied by people when we opened the door. The staff did not believe us and had to go check themselves. Check in took nearly 2 hours. Check out took nearly as long. This hotel is in a great location, but stay somewhere else, there are other hotels nearby.

Great Location, Okay Hotel

from cchill
We stayed for 5 nights in October 2004 and paid about $390 USD/night with breakfast.

We had one issue early on. Upon an early arrival (11am), our room was not available. The front desk said it would be about an hour, so we went out for a bit and returned around 1pm. Then we were told it would be atleast another hour. They gave us drinks in the bar while we waited. We got into the room around 3pm (check-in time), but we would have gone out for longer had we known the room would not be ready for 4 hours.

The room was clean, but very plain. No perceivable style at all. No pictures on the wall. Just some orangey curtains and bedspread. The room had some issues. The closet doors kept falling off. The toilet flusher kept falling into the tank, so we would have to fish it out to make the toilet flush. And when it rained, there was a dripping noise inside of the bathroom walls. We didn't complain about any of the issues, so we don't have a response from management.

I don't know how much the other reviewers paid for their "views of the tower or the invalides," but those were not options to us. Our room was pre-selected for us by the hotel. And there was no "complimentary upgrade" available. Or atleast not that we were judged to be deserving of (I'm never quite sure how hotels make those decisions or if it's just a marketing ploy). We had a room that overlooked the AC units and the back of another building.

The breakfast is ok, if you like scrambled eggs, ham and sausage every single day. The menu does NOT change and there is hardly any choice. On 2 mornings we decided to forego our included breakfast and find something on our own.

Overall, we were pretty disappointed at having spent so much for so little. However, this was our first trip to Paris and we were warned that we shouldn't expect American standards - but it's hard not to.

Nothing great

from luxurytraveler
Arrived at the hotel early on October 14th. Although it may be appealing to some, I found the art deco decor to be dark and depressing. Check-in was swift and attempts were made to have our room ready for occupancy soon after our early morning arrival. Had faxed the manager the day before specifying my requests for a quiet room on a high, non-smoking floor. Room 764 (Deluxe room) was on the top floor and had a balcony overlooking the rooftops of the neigborhood. It was definitely quiet. The sleeping area with king size bed was separated from a small living room with a sofa, desk, minibar and second TV. Fabrics were dark and room felt a bit bare. Room had recently been renovated, yet fabric on sofa was torn. Carpeting was a bland light brown. The room was also cold and the heat did not work (staff brought us a space heater instead). Bathroom renovation was pretty cheaply done with plain white tiles on floor and wall. It lacked a double sink as some deluxe rooms have. Linens on bed were a big dissapointment. These days, a hotel of this caliber uses high thread count sheets with puffy down comforters. The sheets on our bed were rough and of very poor quality and a ratty, brown blanket was supplied. Despite being on a non-smoking floor (at least that's what I was told), there were ashtrays and matches in the room and the hallway reaked of cigarette smoke. At night, I had to place a towel on the floor against the botom of the door to prevent smoke from seaping in. I liked the brand of toiletries they used-smelled good. The hotel has recently added a fitness center with a selection of cardio machines and one weight machine. No free weights and no exercise mats to lay on floor for stretching or ab work (and it's not like they don't have room for that or for free weights). On the first day, I called twice to have water dispenser in the fitness room refilled, which was never done. The next day I made a bigger stink and within 5 minutes, a new bottle was supplied. Business center, which is operated by a separate company, is a complete rip-off. They charge outrageous fees for internet access (Which, notwithstanding fees charged to access internet from your room, is usually free if you use a hotel's business center). When we needed to rent a cell phone for two days, there was a separate charge of about $45 just for the charger! Never ate breakfast at the hotel because prices too high. There are plenty of great patisseries/bakeries in the neighborhood (e.g., Poilane right around the corner on Rue Cherche Midi). To be fair, I should add that I did walk by some rooms where the door was open and noticed that the decor, furnishings and size of the rooms varied quite a bit within the same room category. Therefore, if you don't like the first room they show you, ask to see another. Positives about this hotel include generally friendly and helpful reception and concierge staff, amazing location in the heart of St. Germain, proximity to Metro stop (right across the street) and to Au Bon Marche food hall (go there to pick up food for your room or for a picnic.) Despite all my complaints, I would still consider returning for another try if the price is right (which it was this time--310 Euros per night for Deluxe room). However, next timeI will try the recently renovated K and K Cayre Hotel which is right down the street (I went there to see their rooms and facilities and liked what I saw. Their rates are generally cheaper and many of them include breakfast).

Hotel Lutetia is exceptional

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and myself spent our first wedding anniversery in a junior suite with a view of the Eiffel Tower. I can obviously only comment on the quality of our room which was first rate. We had balconies out of both the bedroom and sitting room. All of the furnishings were stylish and new. The wall panelings were mahogany...very good looking. The bathroom was spacious, clean, newly tiled, and had designer toiletries.

The staff couldn't have been more helpful. Examples...We arrived at around 9:30 am and the hotel had our room ready for us 5 1/2 hours prior to check-in...We were looking for a restaurant in the neighborhood with authentic French cuisine. The concierge called around and found us a table at an excellent, reasonably priced little place called Aux Charpantiers where we were seated immediately at a nice table in a very crowded restaurant.

The hotel bar was very cool and seemed to be a hang out for locals. Listening to well played jazz music in a classy room with a huge chandelier, on plush sofas while surrounded by the black and white photos of the titans of the Paris literary world is an experience unto itself. The quality of the drink list was even better. Though the prices were a bit high...14-16 euros...Well, ok, more than a bit expensive. The dollar is weak. What can we do?

The Brasserie Lutetia is the lesser of the two restaurants at the hotel (Restaurant Paris being the other one which is michelin rated. we didn't go there). The food was absolutely fantastic. They specialize in seafood. For 37 euros you get a three course meal. I started with the crab and avocado salad, had the scallops for my entree, and finished it off with the creme brulee...Though the service was slow (it always is in Paris), the quality of the food was first rate. I can't imagine how good Restaurant Paris is if Brasserie Lutetia plays second fiddle.

Everyone on the hotel staff speaks English, which makes communication much easier for an individual such as myself who is confined to the English and Spanish languages.

The location is great for shopping since there are so many high end retailers in the neighborhood. Le Bon Marche is a must see and is only about a block away. It took us 10-15 minutes by foot to reach the both the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame from the hotel which are on opposite ends of the Paris traveler's usual sightseeing route. Thus, needless to say the hotel is centrally located. The hotel is also across the street from a metro stop, so the rest of the city is easily reachable on one of the finest metro systems in the world.

I look forward to my return to Paris and I will certainly be staying at the Hotel Lutetia when I do.


from duncanjbb
we went to paris for our 20th anniversary, and it was fantastic. the hotel lobby is art deco, everyone spoke english, and they were very helpful. we booked a deluxe room and were upgraded to a jr suite. breakfast buffet was 20 eu per person, a great cuban cigar and singlemalt was 50 eu, expensive but a one time experience. we had great room service.

our room was very large with a king bed and a cot was already set up for our daughter as requested. we also had two chairs and a coffee table, tv, and a very clean bathroom.

the room had 3 balconies that had the perfect views of the eiffel tower and the invalides. at night we'd watch the eiffel tower twinkle and in the early morning you could see paris come to life.

i will stay here everytime i go to paris. the perfect hotel.

Treat yourself to the Lutetia experience!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
What a marvellous hotel and a fantastic holiday from start to finish!! I booked the hotel Lutetia for my girlfriend and I as a special treat. I had done extensive research on the internet and in guide books and the Lutetia was the only 5 star hotel that I could afford to stay in.

I decided to upgrade to a deluxe room for 40 euros a night. I also used advice from previous reviews and let the hotel know I would like a renovated room with a view of the paris skyline. I wasn't disappointed!! The room was huge with a balcony and a great view of the eiffel tower and one of the most prestigious areas of Paris. The bathroom had a bath, 2 sinks and a walk in shower as well as a bidet and a toilet. The room was cleaned immaculately every day (however I was only given chocolates on the first day!)

You would be excused for thinking that a room right of one of the main streets in Paris would be very noisy. However the soundproofing on the balcony doors and windows are excellent and not one single traffic sound can be heard when all doors and windows are closed.

Since breakfast wasn't included in the rate and €22 was a little steep it was up to us to hunt out a decent cafe. Avoid the local cafe's which can be just as expensive and find a local boulangerie and buy yourself some croissants and other breakfast foods to take away. Walk to the Jardin de Luxembourg which is only a 5/10 min walk away and eat your breakfast there. It is a lovely park with plenty of seating and lots going on.

Take advantage of the metro which is located just accross the street from the hotel and buy yourself a carnet. From here you can visit all the tourist attractions in Paris such as the eiffel tower, the arc de triomphe and of course the sacre coeur. I would highly recommend a trip to the Pigalle district just so that you can see how the other half live, before scooting back to the Lutetia for 5 star treatment!

Meals in the hotel are expensive but absolutely divine. The service is excellent and if you really want to feel pampered then the brasserie or gourmet restaurant is the place to be! Suits and ties are the order of the day in the gourmet restaurant.

Paris is an expensive city if you stick to the main streets and touristy areas, however there are excellent value for money restaurants out there. Take a trip to the Cluny La Sorbonne district where there are a plethre of set menu restaurants ranging from €10 to €20 for a 3 course meal. Don't be put off by the low price tag ad the service and food is excellent there and the atmosphere makes for a lovely evening out.

I would highly recommend a visit to Le Bon Marche just across the street and marvel at how expensive things are. Le Grand Epicerie which is a food hall within Le Bon Marche sells your basic food stuffs as well as an impressive array of exotic foods which can be an ideal last minute present purchase.

All of the tourist attractions didn't disappoint with the Eiffel tower giving fantastic views and the Louvre being one of the most amazing places that I have ever had the fortune to visit. I would highly recommend going up the tower in the evening and seeing the most romantic city in the world lit up like a christmas tree.

I shall definetly be returning to Paris and maybe one day again the Hotel Lutetia!

Mixed Reviews For the Lutetia

from TravelNow101
Our stay at the Lutetia was very inconsistent - very, very good and very bad. To their credit, the Lutetia placed us in a Two Room Suite after they could not honor our reservation for a Deluxe room. Unfortunately, the air conditioning in the Suite barely worked. After several complaints, they placed a roll-away air conditioner in the room, which helped, but did not fully do the job, because it was not properly hooked up. The hose that pulled the hot air out of the room, was left on the floor, creating a pocket of hot air in that area.

Even more problematic, was that guests' luggage was not secured properly. On the first occassion, we returned from a day of sightseeing to find four bags that were not ours placed in the middle of our room. When we phoned the front desk, the luggage was removed. The porters apologized for the error and acknowledged that the luggage had been incorrectly placed in our room. I tried not to imagine the frantic guests who might have returned from their first day of sightseeing only to find that the luggage they thought had been secured when they left, was no longer there. On the second occassion, we returned to our room on our day of departure, after requesting and being granted a late check out, to find a stranger sitting in our room surrounded by both our luggage and theirs. They indicated that they had been there for about 45 minutes while the room was being readied for them. The hotel management was called and again apologized for the confusion. However, the experience caused us considerable concern since our luggage had not been properly secured prior to having to board an international flight home. And, in this day and age where security is paramount, we were left with grave concerns prior to our departure.

Beautiful hotel - great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Spent 3 nights here in August - rooms were very large by European standards with big full bathrooms. Had a nice view of the street but it was surprisingly quiet. Close to metro stations and a short walk to the hop on-hop off tour buses. Two good restaurants were recommended close by - Le Petite Chaise and Le Cherche Midi, both quite good.Bon Marche department store is a block away although it is quite an expensive store - nice browsing! Take the metro up to Monmarte - its a very quaint area with lots of local artists and great views of the city.

Absolutely wonderful!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My dad took me to Paris for my sixteenth B-day and we just decided to randomly pick this hotel because it was very cheap~ when we got there we were so amazed!!!! The outside was huge and beautiful and the lobby also. The staff was sooo kind and very helpful, making reservations and suggestions every night for us. The rooms were very large compared to an average European hotel room and the bathrooms were the nicest i've ever seen!! The complimentary buffet style breakfast in the morning was great and very convenient!! This hotel also has a great location especially for shoppers!! there are 2 huge department stores one right across the street and stores like prada, coach, guess, and Louis Vuitton are right around the corner!! I cant wait to go back~ IT WAS A WONDERFUL HOTEL!!!!!

Week with family

from bgray10336
found by accident because a friend stayed here. We loved it. Six nights, 2 rooms, one for three teenagers. They got the one with a drop dead gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower and city. We were down the hall looking towards a street view, also very pretty. In our experience, both rooms were exquisitely decorated--beautiful fabrics throughout the hotel and I slept like a log. I love getting bathrobes, the double sink, huge armoire. Very helpful staff--my husband got plugged into the hotel's computer when the business office was closed. Almost all dinners were reserved for us and their recommendations were excellent. The neighborhood is very "Parisien" and chic. Try Epi Dupin and Cherche Midi, both around corners from hotel. Pick up munchies at Bon Marche gourmet; buy ten packs or passes for metro across the street and also buy the museum passes in the metro stop. We had 2 3-day and they got us in everywhere jumping lines. Breakfast buffet was delightful--frsh croissants, steamed milk for coffee, eggs, fruit. Loved everything about it! Take the Seine dinner cruise (we booked through concierge ahead of time). Expensive but worth it.We did not expect the food and wine to be much, but in fact it was superb.

Top Local Tips for Paris

Paris If you travel by Eurostar get in the queue for a cab as quickly as possible! I stopped for a cigarette and it extended my wait for another three quarters of an hour for a taxi! Beware of pick-pockets at Gare du Nord (but you probably already know that).

Restaurants Since I have been about 50 times to Paris I can recommend La Fermette Marboeuf, Le Train Bleu, Bofingers Brasserie, Montparnasse 1900, Closerie des Lilas, Le Dome, Le Grand Cafe, Le Grande Colbert, Cafe de la Paix, La Coupole, Le Procope, Cafe Flo, the palace restaurants of Le Bristol, Les Ambassadors at Crillon, L'Espadon at the Ritz, Les Elysees, Le Meridien, the unforgettable luncheons on a summer's day at Pre Catalan and Grande Cascade in the gardens. I could go on forever. Always read all your guide books and plan your trip and go to places frequented by the famous artists of the past and I guess present and you'll never be disappointed by the glamour and the old history and the incredible cuisine at the really beautiful rooms. Always people watch at cafes on the sidewalk where the French sit for hours over a cup of coffee, Deux Magots, Cafe de Flore, La Rotonde, the terrace of Le Dome. Its not worth experimenting at some obscure bistro just enjoy the spirit of the real Paris.

Save time on Louvre tickets You can buy tickets in the metro station at the museum or in certain shops (Fnac, Carrefour, Continent, Leclerc, Auchan, Extrapole, Le Bon Marché, Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, BHV, Samaritaine and Virgin Mégastore). You can avoid long lines and you get priority in entrance too!


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  • Address: 45 Boulevard Raspail - Paris - 75006 - France
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