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.
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We stayed for three nights in October and were upgraded to a 3000 EUR / night prestige suite, having paid about half of that for a standard suite. We appreciated the upgrade and the room itself was very nice. The hotel is also beautiful and centrally located.
Where things fell short were in the service category. When paying over 1000 EUR / night it should not take 15 minutes for simple toiletries to be delivered to our room by housekeeping. We were also given misinformation by some of the hotel staff about the use of the house car.
Overall, we view this as a classic Paris hotel that is worth experiencing once, but everything from the rooms to the food is overpriced for what it is. We prefer either the Four Seasons or the Mandarin Oriental as service is more consistent for global travelers and the value proposition is higher.
I can only pass on my experience,with my girlfriend of having coffee in this hotel.As it is rated extremely high and is also in The Leading Hotels of the World I expected it to be better than it turned out to be.The drinks arrived and they were warm but not very hot at all.The waitress was far from friendly and it seemed like she did not want to be there..not what I expected in such a prestigious hotel,having had coffee in the Ritz in London I had something to compare the Paris hotel with,London,s Ritz was a long way ahead and at 32 euros for two pots of coffee I expected it to be much better.Also on visiting the Men,s restroom all the small towel boxes on the tops of the sinks were empty,I used the hand drier but did not expect to see a small detail like that out of place in a Leading Hotel of the World.
My treatment at the Chanel au Ritz spa was beyond exceptional and the staff were all so friendly and professional. My impression of Paris, having been many times, is that Parisians can be a little bit standoffish towards tourists. You would expect this attitude to be at its peak in a place like the Ritz. Despite the entrance being a little bit intimidating to enter, I was welcomed and and staff made it clear they were there to help in any way possible. At the Chanel spa every staff member was simply divine. The whole experience was like a finely tuned opera performance. I also appreciated that the end of the treatment was a refreshing juice overlooking the magnificent pool area. The Guerlain spa was my benchmark of spa perfection until now. Now it's Chanel at the Ritz. It's a great way to get a taste of the Ritz as a non-hotel guest.
delicious perfect elegant I miss the words to describe our little brunch .
We started wit champagne rose in the very pretty green. and white garden.
and then brunch in the glasshouse,.
fresh light excellent presentation .
keep your appetite for the desserts which are exceptional
My husband & I spent 3 nights at the Ritz while visiting Europe to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The hotel is exquisite! From the moment we arrived, and throughout our stay, we were treated like royalty - it is a truly magical place. Unfortunately, the dream became a reality on the morning we were preparing to leave. I had purchased a Rosary from the gift shop at the Cathedral of Notre Dame as a gift for my Sister-in-Law. I put the box in the drawer, to the left of the safe, in the wardrobe closet. I was going to put it in the safe, but my husband assured me that "this isn't that kind of place." Well, needless to say, he was wrong. I noticed the box was missing on the morning we were leaving for Sweden. I called Housekeeping to report it, but did not hear back from the hotel personnel prior to our departure. I take full responsibility for not putting it in the safe; however, the hotel staff had no reason to be rummaging through the drawers in the wardrobe! The worst part of all is they took a Rosary, with the Gold Seal of the Cathedral on the box!! I have learned a valuable lesson as a result of this unfortunate incident, and I would advise anyone to heed caution when leaving valuables in your room!