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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
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I can’t say enough about this hotel. The service was absolutely outstanding! I was surprised when they monogrammed our pillowcases!! We will definitely return to The Ritz on our next visit to Paris!! Loved it!
Our experience of the Ritz Paris hotel was pretty faultless from start to finish.
It's an exquisite hotel with beautiful rooms and well maintained grounds, but what makes this place really special is the service - it's just next level.
We arrived very early in the morning, having travelled from Hong Kong. We were greeted at the door by a very warm and chatty chap (Dominic?) who seemed to be up to date with current affairs in HK and assured us that, despite our early arrival, our room was ready and waiting.
We stayed in one of the larger suites, which quite frankly, blew our minds.
My only complaint is that the hotel restaurants lacked vegetarian options. We ate lunch at the outdoor garden restaurant. There were no veggie options available in the set but the lady on reception said they would cater for me - but didn't have details of the dishes I'd be eating. I insisted she find out, and the Manager of the restaurant then came over to explain. It was a very simple dish but, my goodness, it was DELICIOUS. So, mixed reviews on that - limited, but tasty all the same.
We enjoyed a wonderful treatment at the spa and enjoyed drinks at both bars in the hotel. The Hemingway was quite small with no music, so less atmosphere than Ritz Bar. We dined like kings at breakfast!
The entire experience was rounded off nicely when the same gentleman that check us in then checked us out, which made it all the more personal.
I would stay there again in a heartbeat, but might need to do some saving first!
I have stayed in the best hotels on the planet and nothing compares to the Ritz. The location is so perfect on the Place Vendôme that you will be thanking God you can afford the place. The service is so impeccable. The rooms gleaming gold. The breakfast so spectacular and the room so appointed. If you’re in Paris and can afford the Ritz do not miss it. You’ll never forget it.