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Welcome Back! Paris Classic Hotel Lutetia Makes a Grand Entrance into the 21st Century
One of the most anticipated openings of the year is the long-awaited revamp of the grand Hotel Lutetia on the Left Bank in Paris. Paris correspondent Kasia Dietz is very impressed. PARIS — As I approached the newly revamped Hotel Lutetia in Paris's elegant Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, I noticed the plaque on its undulating façade, placed in memory of the displaced families reunited here after World War II. It set the tone: I was about to enter into rich Parisian history. In 1910, Lutetia (the Roman name for the French capital) was built to house clients of neighboring Le Bon Marché department store, the most fashionable address in town. Hotel Lutetia soon followed suit, as Paris's elite made this their local haunt. Literary regulars such as Jean Cocteau, Albert Camus, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Jean-Paul Sartre were rubbed elbows with political figures like Nikita Khrushchev, George Pompidou, François Mitterrand, and Jacques Chirac. The celebrity roster to pass through these very doors included Joséphine Baker (for whom the bar is named), Serge Gainsbourg, Isabelle Huppert, David Lynch, and Catherine Deneuve. I swear I could feel their presence as I glided through the marble clad reception, taking in every well-appointed detail.
Hotel Café Royal Piccadilly, London, England
Transformed into a modern grand hotel in 2012, the Café Royal still stands proud at the corner of Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus and has now been further enhanced with the redesigned lobby in the Art Deco atrium with its striking Venetian chandelier, and a top-notch steak and sushi restaurant on the first floor.
Hotel Café Royal London review
In brief First impression 19th-century party palace meets urban sanctuary. Staff On it, friendly, but not overbearing. Food & drink Destination-worthy. Bed & bath Serene, sumptuous, hi-tech and leaving you wanting for nothing. The crowd Cosmopolitan. In a nutshell A thrilling mix of old and new, parcelled into a grown-up, sophisticated hotel in the heart of the city.
Sir Victor Hotel Barcelona: A brutalist bolthole
Barcelona’s original boutique hotel, the Sir Victor, is brutalist outside, zen inside with a new-millennial design sparkle and amazing views over Gaudi's Casa Mila First impression Brutalist outside, zen inside. Staff Young, perky, Catalan. Food and drink Steak on the ground floor, umami Old Fashioneds on the rooftop. Bed and bath Crisp, muted, cool. Very ‘Design Hotels’. The crowd Leather trousers, fringes, portfolio careers. In a nutshell A Noughties design grande dame, updated.
Barcelona, Spain Sir Victor
Sir Victor's design and decor in a nutshell: the straight lines and plain materials are in themselves the art. And the pinnacle of urban living must be an elegant rooftop terrace with a swimming pool looking out across the jumbled horizon of Barcelona and the gorgeous Mediterranean sky.
Sir Joan Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Spain
Sir Joan, the first Spanish member of the Sir Hotels family (already renowned for luxury properties in Amsterdam and Berlin), is spicing up Ibiza's shores with a splash of urban sophistication. Unabashedly decadent, it's a hotspot for wealthy, carefree creatives.