Le Ritz Paris
What We Love
- Staying in a storied palatial building filled with museum-worthy furnishings and artworks
- Afternoon tea surrounded by rare books and gorgeous boiserie at Salon Proust
- Taking a pastry-making class at the on-site Ecole Ritz Escoffier
- Swimming in the turquoise indoor pool under a massive ceiling fresco simulating the sky
What To Know
- Prestige Suites are the hotel’s most unique quarters, named and decorated in honor of famous former guests
- Gardens and terraces, outfitted with retractable roofs and heated floors, are open yearround
- Small pets of up to 12 pounds are accepted
- There’s an underground tunnel used to usher in privacy-seeking guests
- The staff is multi-lingual
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
After four years of costly renovations, the 19th-Century Ritz Paris reemerged full of splendor. To the delight of regulars and history buffs, the hotel’s classic elegance- seen in treasured spaces like Bar Hemingway and stately suites awash in Louis XV décor- was not altered. On the contrary, architect Thierry W. Despont was tasked with restoring one of the most legendary and romantic hotels in the world to its bygone magnificence. But there are a few subtle changes, such as a bigger and brighter reception area, and contemporary additions that include a Chanel spa, a teatime parlor inspired by Marcel Proust, plus a host of discreet modern amenities: ultra-silent heating and cooling systems and television sets camouflaged as dark mirrors. If Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or Coco Chanel came back, they wouldn’t miss a thing.
There are four room categories, starting with 375-square-foot Superior Rooms, outfitted with king-size beds and 18th-century style furnishings; they overlook quiet Rue Cambon or the leafy terrace outside Bar Vendôme. The rest are suites, including one-of-a-kind Prestige Suites named after illustrious former guests, and decorated in the style they preferred.
Eating and drinking at the Ritz is no ordinary experience. This is, after all, where Parisian high society gathered for tea before World War II, where Marcel Proust liked to dine alone, and where Hemingway got soused on dry martinis. Chief among the hotel’s five bars and restaurants is the 1921 Bar Hemingway, filled with memorabilia related to the author. A popular drink is the Serendipity, made with calvados, mint, apple juice, and Brut champagne. The Ritz Bar serves bistro food and a long list of wines. At Bar Vendôme near the entrance, fashionistas order steak tartare and café crème. L’Espadon is the formal dining room lit by Venetian crystal chandeliers.
Bordering the Place Vendôme in the First Arrondissement, just north of the Tuileries gardens and surrounded by boutiques like Balenciaga and Comme des Garçons, the hotel’s location is as exclusive as it gets.
How to Get There
The hospitality knows no boundaries at the Ritz ; a last second booking, made from the car while in a traffic jam, when we arrived everything was ready for me , my lovely little apartment in Paris !
Of course everything is beyond luxury , but it is warm and welcoming , relaxing , homely and comforting. Everything a great Hotel should be.
This place has a reputation of being best of the best. On my opinion it was one of the best hotels I’ve ever visited.
It has one of the best possible locations in Paris. The condition is impeccable and service was great without being overly friendly.
It is also very expensive, but anyone going there will propably know it and expect nothing else.
But it isn’t flawless! Our room was not as nice as it could have been (there was supposed to be an upgrade, but I doubt it)
The famous Hemingway bar was small, not very interesting and never had room for hotel quests to sit for cocktails.
Anyway, I will propably go there again when I’m in Paris.
i love this hotel. We have stayed here twice. The first time, my husband proposed to me. The second time just because it is what I consider a destination in itself in Paris. The history, the common areas, the details, the art is breathtaking.
The rooms themselves continue the grand luxurious feeling which is not always the case. Sometimes the opulence is just the lobby. Our rooms - a suite and then a regular King were both so memorable. This is the perfect place to stay to feel like you really are in Paris. It is an amazing experience to be in your hotel room and feel without a doubt that you are in the City of Lights! All the intricate details are 100% French and the luxury is what you would expect. High expectations? Hard to please? It's a a rare thing to have those expectation met and more.
Outstanding in every way. Truly a service experience in the most wonderful setting.
Absolutely amazing! One of the best hotels in the world.. we travel the world in many luxury hotels and indeed we are very impressed. Perfect! The concierge was able to get us reservations and shopping Appointments at impossible locations. The food amazing, extremely friendly and helpful staff.. bravo We miss you already from room 115
The Ritz impresses. Perfect location. A great building designed with utmost attention to detail. And perfect service.
Golden decor from the 19th century is not my preferred style - but at the Ritz it has its genuine magic.
Great to see that the Ritz lives up to its history and reputation.