Coco Chanel lived there, Princess Diana spent her last night there and Ernest Hemingway led its liberation from the Nazis – the Ritz Hotel in Paris reopened its doors after a four-year closure boasting a history as rich as its clientele.
The Ritz Paris has reopened its doors exactly one hundred and eighteen years plus five days after its original opening date on June 11, 1898. The renovations, carried out by Egyptian owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, are meant to bring the hotel back up to the high standards of luxury and innovation the iconic hotel was known for. But while the makeover includes installing the latest technology in guest rooms and a movable glass canopy over its restaurant, it could be argued that it is the romantic history of the hotel that gives it its allure.
Originally a private palace, the new Ritz Paris remains faithful to its roots in traditional 18th century French décor, but has been updated with a few vital 21st century touches. The number of rooms in the hotel has actually decreased since its makeover. The total now stands at 142 instead of 159 rooms as some have been enlarged to make way for three new suites: The Mozart, Proust, and Maria Callas.
In addition to booking a night in Coco Chanel’s original suite, guests of the hotel will soon access the world’s first Chanel spa. Chanel au Ritz Paris is part of the hotel’s new health club and has seven treatment rooms which offer an exclusive range of Chanel beauty products for a sensational and unique experience of wellness the Coco way.
Visit ritzparis.com to make a reservation for your next trip to Paris.