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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This hotel does not fall down in any aspect! Rooms magnificent ! Entire staff so inviting and knowledgable. Restaurants do not have a comparison.....all unbelievable! I can truly say there was not one thing negative that I could say! Pool.........not to be believed! Shopping just out of court yard....Privacy was kept! As Hemingway says......everyone should stay here unless you can't afford it! Not really sure what that really means...Try to experience it at least once in your life!
This hotel solidifies the concepts of luxury, elegance, privacy and service in a beautiful establishment that, even after a precious restoration, still lends the distinctive atmosphere that Cesar Ritz himself oversaw for his hotels.
I honestly cannot say enough about The Ritz experience! Hemingway said it best...”the only reason not to stay here is if you can’t afford it”. I was ready to cry when I had to leave...nothing else compares!
I will never be able to come back to Paris and not stay here; finally found you! We didn't want to leave. All the staff is outstanding, very helpful, concierge helped us book a day excursion to the Loire Valley-a must see-the thought of it all, anticipated everything we didn't even have to think. We were upgraded to a superb suite, exquisite. Sitting in the fabulous dinning room everyday for breakfast , couldn't think of a better way to start the day. One morning sat in the atrium and started to snow, just magical. See you very soon.
Yes, the building is wonderful, and the decor is expensively done. If you like the style, you're in luck because that might be the best part of your stay. Personally, I wanted to like it, and even considered having a family gathering at the hotel next year. But, the F&B and service are not up to the standards of a palace hotel. I guess if one can be pleased, or fooled, by an ornately decorated space then the guest might be content. However, if you actually expect grand service or food to harmonize with the lush surroundings then you'll be sorely disappointed.
When you check-in you can expect uneven and incomplete housekeeping services, miscommunications that are not language related, subpar food and beverage, and good luck at finding a place within the hotel to have a simple cup of tea while waiting for a friend besides needing to sit in a dark bar or being sent to the brasserie.
Many of the staff members are trying but the issues seem to stem from the management tier. Once they sort it out, it could be a fine hotel. Meanwhile, I'll spend my time,
and money, at other palace hotels.