The Ritz Paris Reopen After $450M Renovation

After four long years The Ritz Paris is back open and fully restored to the standards of beauty and opulence that the brand is known for. The Ritz originally opened its doors in 1898 in a historic building dating back to 1705 and over the years has played host to an array of notable guests including Ernest Hemingway, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, and a numerous Spanish, Italian and British royals.

Unlike other Paris hotels, which sold away their heritage at public auction before renovation, Mohamed Al-Fayed, who has owned the fabled property since 1979, chose to guard it’s legacy. To retain the Ritz’s unique brand of je ne sais quoi, Fayed and New York-based architect Thierry W. Despont have put in considerable effort and capital. The Wall Street Journal recently estimated the cost of the renovation at a staggering $450 million.

The hotel now includes 142 rooms 71 suites, a handful of bars and restaurants, a garden terrace which can be enjoyed all year long, an indoor pool and fitness centre, as well as the famous “Chanel room” spa.

With rates from €1000 it may not be cheap but it’s certainly worth it!

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