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The Ritz, prestige at its climax

September 28, 2011

Its location, place Vendome, perfectly sums it up. The Ritz Palace epitomizes French glamour and elegance. Its façade soberly hides the treasures housed inside. The green curtains and its doormen are hints that you are in a very special place. As soon as you get inside, you realize everything there has been made to impress you. Wooden walls with golden paintings and concierges more than happy to help. The 160 rooms are decorated with exquisite charm and taste. The courtyard offers an amazingly quiet haven for those in search of tranquility. The hotel is famous for its gastronomic premises: the two Michelin star restaurant “l’Espadon” and no less than four bars, among which the “Hemingway”, named after the American artist and which was elected best bar in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2011. The place is said to have remained exactly the same as it was when Hemingway used to come for drinks. His typing machine can still be admired. Sunday brunches at the Ritz have become a real Parisian institution: for 120€, you can taste a divine cuisine made of stunning pastries, fine teas and champagne. And to bring home some of the magic, it is possible to take a cooking class at the Escoffier school.

The hotel will appeal to tourists feeling like doing some elegant shopping: the Ritz is indeed just a few meters away fromthe rue de la Paix and its famous jewelers: Dubai, Fred or Cartier to name a few are in neighboring buildings.

The Ritz is unfortunately also infamous for being the last place where Lady Diana stayed. Other famous guests include Coco Chanel, Marcel Proust and F.S. Fitzgerald. The hotel was not eligible for the new palace status, as it is due to soon undergo a major renovation.

Ritz : 15, place Vendôme – 75001

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  1. October 23, 2011 4:33 pm

    It has just been officially announced: the Ritz will temporarily shut down as it will undergo a massive revamping starting in July 2012. The Escoffier cooking school and the Espadon restaurant will also shut down.

    The renovation will be led by French architect Thierry Despont. It is rumored to cost around 200M€ and will last 27 months. The more than 500 employees are very likely to lose their jobs even though negotiations are underway.

    By 2014, Paris will thus be one of the few capitals in the world to have all its palaces totally renovated.

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