Ritz glitz returns to Paris

Ritz Paris has reopened its grand doors after a four-year, multimillion-dollar restoration. While retaining its opulent 18th-century aesthetic, the hotel has undergone a total upgrade to its structure and interiors, including reducing the number of rooms and introducing a suite-to-room ratio of 50:50.

Fifteen new suites have been added named after famed writers, designers and nobility who have all been guests (or lived) at the hotel in the years since its original opening in 1898. The Coco Chanel Suite, for instance, is named for the French fashion designer who lived at the hotel for 34 years. The suite is distinctively refined in its design when contrasted with the lavish décor of other suites such as the F. Scott Fitzgerald Suite. Ritz Paris has also introduced the world’s first and only Chanel spa.


Coco Chanel in 1937 | Ritz Paris


Originally a palatial residence built in the early 18th century, the hotel – which is located in Paris’ First Arrondissement on the Place Vendôme – needed updates to its infrastructure and technology, closing in July 2012 for a refurbishment. An electrical-related fire in January of this year halted the opening for a further three months past its scheduled March date, with the grand reopening finally taking place on 6 June. The fire has left 50 of the hotel’s 142 rooms unusable until repair work can be completed on the building’s roof.

Regardless, French architect and designer Thierry W. Despont was able to revive the classic hotel, giving it a fresh feel while still retaining its original character. Furnishings have been restored, with new antiques and trinkets added to differentiate each room and common space.

Other new additions include retractable roofs for the two restaurants, brasserie Bar Vendôme and fine-dining restaurant L’Espadon; the Salon Proust, a space designed for afternoon tea; and a tunnel linking the hotel with its parking garage for guests to enter in privacy.

Room rates at Ritz Paris start from €1,000 (about A$1,524) per night.


Refreshed interiors at Ritz Paris


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