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
- There’s an underground tunnel used to usher in privacy-seeking guests
- The staff is multi-lingual
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Paris’ storied luxury hotel on the Place Vendôme gets a spectacular revamp that stays true to its old-world opulence
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
We visited the Ritz Hotel in order to try the high tea there and is something we usually do wherever we go!
It was a bit disappointing as I would expect more from a hotel like Ritz!
The scones were fresh but the sandwiches seemed old and the toast stale!
Service was ok but certainly not five star!
The Ritz is of course a gorgeous hotel so we thought having high tea would be a great experience. The scones and finger sandwiches not fresh, desserts overly sweet, service non existent but staff friendly. I have had high tea all over the world and never had such an experience.
I am celebrating this year 10 years wedding anniversary in November and I wrote to the hotel directly. I was disappointed to wait 4 days until I received the accommodation quote.
As this was beyond my budget, I have kindly asked them for a negotiation and instead of being professional and keep all conversations private, I could see a lady called Betty misspelled my surname and called me a “CANOE” and the same one writing to her team: “He insists” in french.
A simple answer couldn’t be provided neither from the General Manager, most likely that they don’t lnow well English language.
And at the end, Mr. Marc Raffray (GM) lied in my face that their average price is €1600, when you find on Booking.com and Trip Advisor prices for this hotel well below €1000/night.
Lack of common sense, problems with English language in a 5 star hotel and ingorance from the GM.
Through this appalling experience, I decide to celebrate our wedding anniversary in a different country.