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Hotel Lutetia becomes the only Palace hotel on the Left Bank of Paris, within a year of its opening

Hotel Lutetia of the Set Hotels has joined a distinguished list of 12 Palace hotels in Paris and another 19 in the rest of France, after being awarded the distinction of Palace by the French Palace Commission for a period of five years. It is now the only Palace hotel on the Left Bank of Paris.

The rank of Palace was created in France in 2010 to highlight exceptional hotels, to distinguish and recognise among the many five-star establishments, those whose exceptional geographical location, historical, aesthetic and/or particular heritage importance and bespoke service.

The Palace distinction also helps to promote the value of these establishments on the international scene and contributes to the influence of French culture, and the attraction of France for visitors. The distinction is awarded for a period of five years, after an initial investigation phase conducted by Atout France based on objective eligibility criteria. A second evaluation phase (including visits and discussions) is conducted by a commission, consisting of personalities from the world of literature, the arts, culture, media and business, appointed by the Minister of Tourism.

This prestigious award comes just a year after the reopening of Hotel Lutetia, which underwent an ambitious four-year period of restoration and refurbishment. Renowned architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte was entrusted with the restoration and renewing of the legendary Paris landmark opened in 1910 with a brief to bring contemporary design to the hotel, while preserving its heritage and unique charm.

The result: 184 rooms and 50 suites, including 8 Signature Suites, a 700sqm Spa with an indoor pool, two exceptional bars; Joséphine and Aristide, two outdoor patios and the iconic Brasserie Lutetia by chef Gérald Passedat are now discovered by a new generation of guests, whether local or visiting the city of light from around the globe.

Chairman of the Set Hotels, Georgi Akirov, said, “Since its opening in 1910, Lutetia has been completely embedded in Paris, a key part of the city’s social, artistic and business life. In the hotel’s restoration and transformation our responsibility was to safeguard this iconic building and I am extremely proud that Lutetia has been recognised and honoured in this way.

“At The Set we create the modern grand hotels of our time, beautifully composing unique experiences and environments that capture the hearts and minds of our guests and being awarded the Palace distinction is a humbling acknowledgment of our passion for excellence.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to Atout France and Monsieur Jean Yves Le Drian for their recognition of our efforts and thank our valued colleagues and guests who make our work possible.”   

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