The exterior of the Ritz Paris.
The Ritz Paris reopened
its doors on Monday after an extensive renovation. The landmark luxury hotel had been closed
since 2012, the first closure since it opened in 1898.
Architect and designer
Thierry W. Despont handled the restoration.
The Ritz Paris now
features the first Chanel Spa, a 50-50 ratio of rooms to suites, a renovated
Bar Hemingway (its namesake, author Ernest Hemingway, was a frequent guest at
the hotel), and a tunnel to the hotel from the parking facility for private
entrances. It also got a technological upgrade.
The hotel’s 142 rooms
(71 of which are suites) are furnished with antiques. Bathrooms have heated
floors, televisions and separate shower and bath.
In addition to Bar
Hemingway, the Ritz Paris has three restaurants and two other bars. Chef
Nicolas Sale directs L’Espadon. Bar Vendome offers dining options, and the
hotel now has a new informal bistro, the Ritz Bar. Salon Proust, featuring
afternoon tea service, is a new lobby feature.
Virtuoso said the hotel
has been a preferred partner for over 20 years. Now, the Ritz Paris is part
of its Preview program, under its Hotels and Resorts Program.
can offer several complimentary benefits to their clients staying at the Ritz
Bar: limousine transfers to and from the airport, no set check-in or checkout
times, a guaranteed room upgrade, breakfast for two at L’Espadon and fiber