Ideally located between Avenue de Rivoli and the river Seine, by the Pont Neuf, the Art Nouveau/Art Déco building is an iconic Parisian landmark. This department store (once the largest in Paris), founded in 1870 by Ernest Cognacq and Louise Jaÿ, has been closed for 15 years and undergoing construction work over the past 5 years.
Owned by LVMH since 2001, La Samaritaine is anticipated to finally reopen its doors in April 2020, thus coinciding with its 150th anniversary.
The 750 million euros spent on renovating the building inside and out has been coupled with a project by the city of Paris to create quieter, greener, pedestrian-friendly surroundings. Let’s bear in mind that La Samaritaine is situated between the Louvre and Châtelet, across Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the île de la Cité, a dream location in the very heart of Paris.
A luxurious department store, a 5-star Cheval Blanc hotel with 72 rooms, along with 96 social housing units, offices, and a day-care center are scheduled to open this spring. Needless to say the LVMH Samaritaine project is much anticipated by Parisians and world-travellers…
The 5-star hotel is expected to be promptly added to the very exclusive list of Parisian “Palace Hotels” (see my former post on the subject) and will obviously offer a high-end spa (Dior Spa Cheval Blanc) and a soon-to-be Michelin-starred restaurant – a rather sure bet with the hiring of chefs Arnaud Donckele and Maxime Frédéric.
One thing I really look forward to is the stunning views from the hotel suites and rooftop:
See you soon at la Samaritaine for luxurious shopping, relaxing, or dining experiences!