Easily a highlight of my most recent trip to Paris was getting a tour of The Ritz Paris. This famed property is part of Paris’ storied history and while I have visited several times to get a special drink at Bar Hemingway, the tour was a chance to get up close and personal with the property’s offerings for their guests.
In several Paris, Perfected bookings I’ve been asked “Is the Ritz Paris worth it?” and I also was interested in better understanding the dining options on property – both for guests and visitors – and the unique cooking experiences offered by the hotel. Today I’ll be sharing with you an inside look at this gorgeous hotel.
The Ritz Paris sits on the city’s famous Place Vendôme in the 1st arrondissement. It was founded in 1898 by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz in collaboration with the French chef Auguste Escoffier. It was among the first hotels in Europe to provide an en suite bathroom, electricity, and a telephone for each room. And in 2012 the hotel closed entirely to undergo a four year, multimillion-euro renovation. It re-opened in 2016 with many impactful yet subtle changes.
A common misconception is that the property is associated with The Ritz Carlton portfolio. However, The Ritz Paris is actually an independent hotel. They only license the use of their name to The Ritz Carlton properties to be able to use it.
Bar Vendôme serves a loyal clientele and even features a terrace with a retractable roof ensuring it can be enjoyed year round. After 6PM you’ll often find live music here as well. Also on property you’ll find the aforementioned Bar Hemingway serving up special ocassion magnificent and inventive cocktails as well as The Ritz Bar.
Salon Proust, named after French writer Marcel Proust, is a cozy place to enjoy afternoon tea. The Ritz Paris offers two different teas – one English style like you’d find in the United Kingdom served in Bar Vendôme and one that is more in the style of the French served in Salon Proust. Both often book up so be sure to make a reservation at least one week in advance. On my next trip to Paris I intend to try the French-style teatime.
Now onto the bedrooms. We were shown a variety of levels of suites and rooms to get an idea of the hotel’s offerings. From the grand Windsor Suite to Deluxe and Executive rooms – all are impeccably designed and retain the grandeur of 18th century France. The property also has a handful of Prestige Suites. Many are named after some of their most famous guests such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and perhaps the most famous of all, Coco Chanel who had one of her apartments at the property for nearly 30 years. We had the chance to tour it however no photos are allowed due to copyright. But let me tell you, it is as divine and as chic as you would imagine. If you’d like a peek inside Suite Coco Chanel, you can see some of it here.
One of the many things that sets The Ritz Paris apart is the fact that for the 142 rooms they have (71 of which are suites), they have a staff of over 600 that serve the guests in those 142 rooms. This means that every need, every request is easily answered and seamlessly arranged. Another amazing benefit of staying here that I learned? The Ritz Paris does not enforce check in or check out times.
Your room is guaranteed to be yours for whenever you need it on the days for which you are booked.
Attention to detail is one of the marks of the hotel’s luxury offerings. Upon booking you’ll be asked a myriad of questions. Everything from what temperature you’d like your room to any reservations you may need while in Paris. And don’t be surprised if you’re greeted by very personalized little welcome gifts and monogrammed pillows. Nothing is overlooked from a hospitality perspective at this hotel.
And, if you’re looking for a particularly unique experience while in Paris, The Ritz Paris offers a variety of cooking classes on property with their famed chefs. They even have classes particularly for children! The classes take place next to one of the kitchens where food is prepared for guests ensuring you get a bit of a show watching the professionals as you try your hand at learning some techniques. Doing a pastry class here is newly on my Paris bucket list.
The hotel also boasts high-end shopping on property in their Gallery, a private garden in which they are known to throw garden parties in the summer and a Chanel spa.