Reopened in 2016 after four years of total renovations, this legendary Parisian hotel reigns again on the place Vendôme.
Never since 1898, the year when the visionary entrepreneur César Ritz opened the establishment, has the Hotel Ritz Paris known such a transformation. After four years of renovation work mobilizing nearly a thousand workers and artisans, this most distinguished of Parisian luxury hotels had opened its doors again in June 2016. The famous guests who once frequented the Ritz – including Coco Chanel, Hemingway and Proust – would certainly not feel out of place: the Ritz is still very much itself. When the renovation was decided, there was no question of bringing in some trendy designer to turn its inimitable style upside down. The owners wished to preserve the soul of the building and the New York firm of interior architects Thierry W. Despont followed their instructions to the letter. The 71 suites and same number of rooms are still infused with the Grand Siècle spirit of the great hotel of the place Vendôme, with its timeless air of luxury à la française. Four restaurants (including L’Espadon, run by chef Nicolas Sale), four bars, a new Salon Proust (open at tea time), the iconic swimming pool and the Chanel spa all add their distinctive touches to the Ritz experience so prized by the hotel’s devotees and sophisticated travelers. Another new feature is a gallery of 95 displays behind glass dedicated to jewelry, fashion and watches, and five boutiques presenting the cream of French and European skills, allowing clients to shop without leaving the hotel. But what would a legendary establishment be without the people who run it? At the Ritz, we are delighted to see that Colin Field, the acclaimed barman of the Hemingway, is back. Chef Nicolas Sale had a brilliant start a the Ritz, with 2 Michelin stars for the gourmet La Table de L’Espadon and 1 star at Les Jardins de l’Espadon, a new restaurant opened for lunch in a covered patio. Every weekend one of the most luxurious brunches in the city is served to guests looking for a ritzy gourmet experience. Food has always been intrinsic to the hotel, which is the only one with its own school of cuisine: the world-famous Ritz Escoffier. So Paris and the Ritz are at last reunited, ready to write a new chapter of their long, brilliant association in the history of French excellence.