Ritz Paris

15 place Vendôme , Paris, France
1st Arr. (Musée du Louvre/Les Halles)

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  • Public Spaces19
  • Service19.5
  • Overall19
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Hotel Description

“When in Paris,” Ernest Hemingway once observed, “the only reason not to stay at the Ritz is if you can’t afford it.” It’s true that the city’s hotel scene has considerably expanded since those days. But the point’s well taken: there’s a certain indisputable glamour and elegance to this grand dame of a landmark hotel on Place Vendôme. And while the Ritz wasn’t exactly fading around the edges when it closed for renovations in 2012 — it was a solidly five-star hotel, but had failed to earn the exclusive Parisian “palace” distinction — there were updates worth making.

Four years and $400 million later, the Ritz is updated, all right. But it still looks the same. The celebrated French architect Thierry W. Despont, the same who’s been overseeing the renovation of New York’s iconic Woolworth Building, was charged with the delicate task of overhauling the Ritz while keeping it just as it was. His adjustments are smart and subtle: Despont created more open space and light by raising ceilings here, adding windows there, installing a retractable glass roof atop the Espadon restaurant, and so on. The result is what the Ritz calls “modernized but with discretion” — think of it as spruced-up Belle Époque grandeur with more natural light and faster wi-fi.

After all, you don’t come to the Ritz for the bourgeois-bohème experience — you can check into a small hotel in Le Marais for that. No, you’re here for the old-world elegance and the glamorous history, the gilded chandeliers and the oil paintings, the stories of Hemingway drinking at the bar and Marcel Proust working on Remembrance of Things Past in bed, of Coco Chanel’s three-decade residence at the hotel, of Lady Diana’s last supper in the Imperial Suite.

The Ritz has outfitted the interior accordingly. The opulent Prestige Suites were inspired by the hotel’s most famous guests and residents, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frédéric Chopin, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. In the same nostalgic spirit, a few new additions pay homage to the famous figures that walked these glittering halls. The Ritz Paris now features the world’s first Chanel spa — adjacent to an indoor swimming pool still laid with its original jade-colored tile, it’s part of the Ritz Club complex — as well as the cozy Salon Proust, designed for taking French-style afternoon tea with buttery madeleines beside a wood-burning fireplace. Bar Hemingway, with its oak paneling and Chesterfield sofas, isn’t new, but the updated version features an expanded whiskey library and classic cocktails paired with gourmet hot dogs.

Not to worry, though, if you’re in a “regular” apartment or suite. All rooms embody the hotel’s classic glamour, decorated in ivory and pastels with old-fashioned woodwork and heavy damask curtains. Thanks to Despont’s restructuring, there are fewer rooms now, so all have slightly more space than before. The bathrooms are a little more spacious, with tech-friendly features like custom lighting and televisions concealed in mirrors, but the sinks still have those fabulously over-the-top swan taps, and the dressing gowns are the same ones chosen by César Ritz himself back at the turn of the century.

Indeed, if you’re the sort of traveler who comfortably uses the term “dressing gown,” or if you’re the kind to think nothing of picking up a cashmere blazer at Maison Ullens in the hotel’s exclusive shopping arcade, or if you’re the sort who needs to arrive or depart unseen, via an underground tunnel — yes, the Ritz Paris has that, too — then you’re certainly in the right place.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 98 Rooms
  • Style: Traditional Elegance
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour room service
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Turkish bath

Need to Know

Pets are allowed at Ritz Paris (charges apply). Please contact customerservice@tablethotels.com for further assistance.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour room service
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Turkish bath

Need to Know

Pets are allowed at Ritz Paris (charges apply). Please contact customerservice@tablethotels.com for further assistance.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

12pm

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