Paris welcomes back one of its most beloved hotels, opening July 12.

“Out with the old” is a fine motto for cleaning the attic; less so for restoring the Hotel Lutetia, Paris’ only grand Left Bank hotel and a Saint-Germain-des-Prés nucleus for creatives (Hemingway and Joyce, for instance) since 1910. After a four-year closure and a $100-million-plus beautification led by local architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the art deco landmark property reopens this Thursday, July 12. Natural light streams into common spaces from a central courtyard, uncovered during the renovation. Delicate ceiling frescoes in the lobby and bar were liberated from beneath layers of paint, and an original glass ceiling, darkened by years of soot, sparkles in the Salon Saint Germain. While the room count decreased from 233 to 184, all are larger and reconfigured with Calacatta marble bathrooms, oak floors, and king-size beds. Also soon to be back in action: the Lutetia Brasserie, which will reopen in September under the direction of three-Michelin-starred chef Gérald Passedat.

Salon Saint Germain details. Photo courtesy of Mathieu Fiol

Top photo courtesy of Mathieu Fiol