Monday, July 20, 2009

"New Life" for La Samaritaine

Landmark Paris department store La Samaritaine, which closed abruptly in 2005, will rise from the ashes. But,alas, not as a department store.

The famous Art Deco building overlooking the Seine will be reborn as a 100-room luxury hotel. In a compromise with the City of Paris department of urban planning and the owners, Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the building will also house a conference center, commercial space including offices and daycare, and some residences.

No specifics were available about the future of Le Toupary, the restaurant on the top floor with unrivalled views of the Seine. (The name, of course is a variant on le tout Paris, a wink at the real or anticipated clientele of the hot-spot.)

photo via Wikipedia


Isabelle said...

I had diner at le Toupary not long before the Samaritaine closed down for good.
The food was so bad I was really ashamed for all the tourists that were dining there too...!!

Harriet said...

Any idea when the hotel will open? Not that I'll be staying there --- I have a favorite place that has a more conservative price.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

I'm not sure when the hotel will open -- maybe 2011. Probably depends on the economy.

Yes, from what I heard, le Toupary was best for a drink and the view but not much else.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Perfectly horrid news :(

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