PARIS — The Ritz Paris has reopened after a four-year, top-to-bottom renovation, it was announced June 6.
In 2012, the 117-year-old landmark closed for a refurbishment led by architect and designer Thierry W. Despont. Post-renovation, the hotel features a 50/50 ratio of suites to rooms; a renovated Bar Hemingway dedicated to the novelist and frequent guest; the world’s first Chanel Spa; and a tunnel leading from the parking facility to the hotel, for private VIP entrances. Behind the walls, the latest in technology has been added throughout the hotel.
Located on Place Vendome, Ritz Paris reopened with 142 accommodations, 71 of which are suites. Fifteen suites are named in honour of renowned hotel guests, including Ernest Hemingway, the Duke of Windsor, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Coco Canel, who resided at the Ritz Paris for 34 years. Accommodations are furnished with carefully restored antiques. Bathrooms feature TVs and heated floors, plus a separate shower and bath. Two lush gardens span a city block. A retractable roof and heated floors enable guests to dine on the terrace year round.
On the food and beverage side, the property offers three restaurants and three bars, including L’Espadon, under the direction of chef Nicolas Sale; Bar Vendome, a dining and gathering spot; and the Salon Proust, a new lobby feature with book-lined walls and afternoon tea service. The two-storey Ritz Club, renovated extensively, is the world’s only spa with an area dedicated to Chanel skincare. Spa amenities include a neoclassic indoor swimming pool, Turkish-style hammam sauna, and updated fitness facilities.