Hôtel Ritz Paris

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The Golden Legend

Founded in 1898 by César Ritz, surrounded by the greatest jewellers and opposite the column of the Place Vendôme, the Paris Ritz is an international legend.

Hemingway made the bar famous, Francis Scott Fitzgerald was electrified by the atmosphere, Proust observed the daily turmoil, and Coco Chanel as well as Sarah Bernard resided there.

The corridors there are never ending, the gardens very exclusive, the service is polite and attentive, the swimming pool is famous for being the largest of all the luxury hotels in Paris, the restaurants are honoured amongst the best in town and the lounges are always cosy.

But as well as being a hotel, the Ritz is above all a meeting place.

César Ritz conceded this to offer a jewellery case to the world's elite, and if the Prince  Mohamed al-Fayed, its current owner, has invested monumental amounts of money there, its in order to restore the prestigious image, and of course, to see the international jet set, who are both demanding and in demand, come back.

Upon stepping into the luxury hotel, the historical imprint is evident. Its facades, designed by the royal architect Mansard in the seventeenth century make up the impressive ensemble of the Place Vendôme, a model of a classical equilibrium.

Always present, the porters consistently welcome the luxurious saloon cars with darkened windows which flow in front of the hotel's arches.

Looking directly onto the hotel's lounges, the entrance is looked after by a hostess who takes pleasure in orientating clients and directing them to the reception, which is situated slightly in the background, at the top of a staircase that appears behind the welcome stand.

With 103 bedrooms, 56 suites and 10 exceptional suites carrying the names of personalities for whom they were conceded, the Paris Ritz offers a large selection of possibilities and atmospheres.

Decorated in a very classical style, the rooms are in the style of Louis XV, with the exception of certain suites which are more ‘Ritz' or Art-Deco. The colours are pale and radiant, ranging from blue, pink and beige.

The woodwork, moulding and gilding is abundant and the numerous tapestries echo the rich fabrics which cover the bed heads or the curtains. The carpets are thick, and although the rooms have recently been redecorated, they conserve their atmosphere, despite the freshness of the paintwork and the latest technology, including wireless Internet, flat screen televisions and Bose CD players.

Looking onto the gardens, on the Place Vendôme or on the rue Cambon, the bedrooms are spacious (more than 30m2 for the premiere categories), although the bathrooms are less so. In pink marble and with incredible plumbing fixtures, they remind us of the taste of Madame Ritz's époque. Certain suites have their own sauna or hot tub.

Amongst the exceptional suites, one should mention the Coco Chanel Suite, with its superb collection of Asian antiques, and the Chopin Suite, overlooking the Place Vendôme and benefiting from a magnificent parquet floor in marquetry.

In terms of communal areas, the luxury hotel has four bars: the Bar Vendôme, a tea room looking on to the gardens; the Bar Hemingway, all wood panelling and whiskies; the Ritz Bar, more glamorous and intimate; and finally the Swimming Pool Bar, between two diving boards.

It is possible to have lunch in certain lounges or to benefit from twenty four hour room service; however l'Espadon, the hotel's gastronomic restaurant, should be visited. With its classical trompe l'oeil decor, its cuisine is the heir of the great chef Escoffier. A reputable cookery school which is also open to amateurs also perpetuates the great man's teaching.

Carried by impeccable service, which requires more than 500 employees, the Paris Ritz continues to keep a tradition of hospitality alive which, although it can seem outdated, still provides a reference.

 

The clientele

Proud of its traditions, the Ritz welcomes an international clientele, inevitably very chic, who knows to appreciate its true value and the respect for certain etiquette, maintained with enthusiasm by a personnel who are themselves very chic.

 

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Hôtel Ritz Paris

15, place Vendôme
75001

Metro station : Opéra