THE LUTETIA, THE HOTEL WHO WANTED TO BE A PALACE
A new showcase in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
In July 2018, the Lutetia hotel reopened its doors after 4 years of renovation while remaining faithful to the Art Deco style of this mythical establishment.
Built in 1910, the hotel enjoyed its hour of glory between the two world wars by welcoming painters and writers. In 1940, the German army made it its counter-intelligence headquarters. But after the Liberation, the hotel, to show its commitment to the Resistance, became the reception centre for deportees returning from the concentration camps.
This film takes us behind the scenes to admire, amongst other things, the restoration of the original frescoes, mosaics and stained glass windows. A major endeavour for an establishment which ambition is to be ranked a Palace. It would then be the only one on the left bank of Paris.