Paris’ Hotel Lutetia is Offering Luxury Liner Shaped Easter Eggs
We don’t actually regard very many things as being “sacred.” Yet when word came in spring of 2014 that Paris’ Hotel Lutetia was closing for renovations, we had some serious concerns. After all, having originally opened all the way back in 1910, it had already spent more than a century as the most lavish and evocative place to stay on the Left Bank – and it just never really felt as though it needed to be…modernized.
We do still miss the old Art Deco interiors. But when the new design was unveiled in 2018 (it is now part of The Set collection), we most definitely breathed a sigh of relief, as the modernization was a genuine stylistic success. And with the recent opening of the hotel’s new alt-jazz focused Bar Aristide, it is now once again one of Paris’ most sophisticated places to check-in or just spend an evening.
One of the traditions that has carried over, however, is the Lutetia’s annual Easter egg offering. And this year’s creation is beyond press worthy, as it dispenses with the need to actually look like an egg, instead mimicking the shape of an old luxury liner. It was modeled on an image from a famous Deco-era Art Nouveau poster, which style tended to exaggerate dimensions, here stretching the hull to extravagant length.
It’s the creation of Nicolas Guercio, pastry chef extraordinaire, who started his career at the Royal Monceau hotel, before going on to a stint at the Ritz Paris. The twelve inches tall sculpture was made with 64% Manjari dark chocolate from Madagascar, filled with praline, and then adorned with whole hazelnuts and sea salt. Just 100 have been made available, for proper exclusivity factor, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the French Red Cross, who have been directly involved in assisting with the current Ukraine refugee crisis.
The eggs, along with a selection of other travel-themed confections, are currently available at the Lutetia’s pop-up boutique at 43 Boulevard Raspail.