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.
How to Get There
In addition to the gardens at The Bristol and The Cercle de l'Union Interalliée, this is another favorite lunch venue. The menu varies regularly and is always impeccable. While you're there, pay a visit to David Mallet's salon for a esthetic upgrade.
During the afternoon tea we experienced one of weakest levels of service at a 5-star hotel.
We needed to fill our cups ourselves, we had to ask for a new teapot after the tea became cold and undrinkable, water glasses were refilled just once, we had to wait 25 min to get our bill, we did not receive mini tea gift that is a part of this experience, nobody offered us our coats after the tea experience - we had to go and look for them... Putting few points just for a nice venue. But such afternoon tea service should not exist at Ritz. Not to mention very peculiar sweet-only tray (which we knew about in advance) with very basic cookies and pastries (home-made type). If anybody wants just a nice tea at Ritz we would suggest going to garden bar and having a tea with a nice pastry there (they looked much attractive than what we were served at afternoon tea).
Ever since I was an impoverished college student, I have wanted to be a guest of The Ritz Paris. I remember the first time I ever entered The Ritz. I was 23 years old and was drawn by the beauty and magnificence of it. Twenty-seven years later my husband and I stayed here to celebrate my 50th birthday and it was everything I ever hoped it would be and more! Your experience at The Ritz Paris begins the moment your car door is opened for you and you and your belongings are graciously ushered through the sweetly fragranced interior of this legendary establishement. Every person we encountered within The Ritz treated us with gracious deference and warmth, from the lady at reception to the waiters at L'Espadon and Bar Vendome. I would like to especially bring attention to Nadir, one of the doormen at The Ritz. He embodied that rare combination of attentiveness, graciousness, and care that sets hotels like The Ritz apart from any other. He made us feel special and took care of us during the two days we spent at The Ritz by ushering us into one of The Ritz's private Mercedes to chauffer us to dinner one night as well as hailing taxis for us whenever needed. His service was flawless. Our room was upgraded to a lovely executive room with a chilled bottle of The Ritz's own champagne waiting for us and lovely, fresh cream colored roses accenting the room. The room itself was sumptuous and tasteful, featuring a retracting awning and a lovely Impressionist oil painting over the king sized bed. Our dinner that night at L'Espadon was magnificent. The food was transcendent and the service perfection. At the end of the dinner, a beautiful vanilla cake topped with goldleaf and raspberries was brought out to celebrate my birthday! I was so moved and will never forget our time spent inside this lovely dream that I will forever know as The Ritz.