The exterior of the Ritz Paris.
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.

Virtuoso agents 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 optic internet.

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