Hôtel Lutetia… We’ll… Meet Again…

Hôtel Lutetia

J’adore

My hotel

My home… away from… home

It is

Where… we meet

Where… we love

Poetically

Communicate

Glasses… of dark red wine

Huddled… in burgundy deep velvetfauteilles“…

Pianist playing

Our music

“Syracuse…”

“Que reste t’il…”

“Fascination…”

Divine

Hôtel Lutetia

45 Boulevard Raspail…

Saint-Germain-des-Prés

6th Arrondissement…

Built in 1910… it is… one of the first major Art Deco buildings in Paris

Founded by the owner of… “Le Bon Marché” department store… (a favourite)…

It is located… “à l’angle du boulevard Raspail et de la rue de Sèvres”.

Louis-Charles Boileau and Henri Tauzin were the creative architects who gave it that very special Lutetia… “caché“… ambience

Enteringthrough the entrance hall of my favourite hotel in St. Germain… by way of a charming circular rotating door

I’m enveloped… “comme toujours”… by that warm cosy feeling of intimacy… “tomber amoureaux”…

Falling in love

At the start of World War II the Lutetiaaccommodated many refugeesfleeing from German occupied areas… among them artists and musicians

However… when the French government evacuated Paris in June 1940… and the Germans occupied the city of Paris… the hotel was requisitioned by the “Abwehr” (German military intelligence), and used to entertainthe less than lovely officersin command of the occupation, such as Dr. Alfred Toepfer and the French collaborator Rudy de Mérode.

At the Liberation of the… über beautiful city of Paris – in August 1944 – the Hôtel Lutetia was taken over by French and American forces, where it was used as… a repatriation centre for prisoners of warreturnees from the horrific German concentration camps… as well as displaced persons.

Among the fabulous and the famous… who entered its lovely doors were the magnetic Pablo Picasso… the flamboyant André Malraux… the high and mightyCharles de GaulleAndré GidePeggy Guggenheim, as well as the… magnificent Josephine Baker

James Joycewrote part of his major literary workUlysses“… at the hotel.

Lutetia… was acquired by the Taittinger family in 1955…

Sonia Rykielopened a boutique in the building in the 1980’s, and redecorated the hoteltransforming it to its early… Art Deco magnificence and splendour.

Hurriedly heading towards the Lutetia Barour very special song was being played

“Que reste-t-il… de nos amours…

Que reste-t-il… de ces beaux jour”…

My love… is waiting

We meet

We hold… we love

We drink… our redredwine

Hôtel Lutetia

“J’adore”…

Toujours

Simplement…

Nous

l’adorons“…

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3 thoughts on “Hôtel Lutetia… We’ll… Meet Again…

  • 7th January 2012 at 10:29 pm
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    absuletly enchanting…deeply and richly written post.

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  • 8th January 2012 at 5:26 am
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    Fascinating words and description…

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  • 9th January 2012 at 9:33 am
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    Thank you so much for this kind and beautiful article about the Lutetia, we hope to welcome you again very soon!

    Best regards,

    Céline Malka
    Community Manager at Hotel Lutetia Paris

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