Ritz Paris Reopens After Four-Year Renovation
Located on the Place Vendôme in the city’s First Arrondissement, the hotel was conceived by Swiss hotelier César Ritz as the most luxurious in the world, offering then unheard of amenities such guestrooms that have their own bathroom.
The hotel is known as much for its famous guests, which include Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Frederic Chopin, and Marcel Proust, as it is for its hospitality. The property will feature the world’s first spa by Chanel and will have a suite bearing Coco Chanel’s name that was inspired by the one she occupied for more than three decades.
The opening was originally slated for earlier in the year but was delayed due to a fire at the property, and some guestrooms remain closed because of this. The hotel had been closed for four years while the facelift, which reportedly cost €400 million ($454 million), was underway.
The Ritz Paris will continue to have its familiar traditional 18th-century French décor with what the property calls a “lighter, fresher feel,” while, behind the scenes, everything from electrical systems to air conditioning to Internet has been updated.
The number of rooms has been reduced to 142 from 159, including 71 suites, and the hotel’s familiar red-carpet entrance looks virtually the same. When it first opened in 1898, the hotel had 200.
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