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June 22, 2016

Ritz Paris Makes a Remarkable Comeback

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For four years, Paris’s most iconic hotel, Ritz Paris, has been closed. But its doors reopened to the public last week, and it appears that this prestigious hotel has quietly raised the bar in luxury accommodations. 

Much of the property’s $200 million-plus renovation was in the spirit of a face-lift rather than an overhaul, writes Bloomberg. Changes were subtle, and it may take a while before guests notice the differences, but a new elegance has been delivered to the hotel.

The suites have the same traditional, romantic aesthetic as before, but now in a series of updated colour palettes.

Heating and Wi-Fi have been approved as well thanks to 800 skilled workers who had to tear down the walls, outfit the hotel with modern wiring, and build everything back up – almost exactly as things had previously been.

The reception area, once a room with very modest three metre-high ceilings and a mezzanine level above it, has been transformed into a brighter space with five and a half metre ceilings. The mezzanine is gone and the Place Vendôme is now visible.

Spaces are a little roomier, too. There are now only 142 rooms instead of the original 159, and 71 of those rooms are suites. The furniture in all the rooms, including two of the most prized before the renovation – the Imperial Suite and the Coco Chanel Suite – is a mix of restored pieces, newly acquired antiques and replicas.

New themed suites have been dedicated to Mozart, Maria Callas, and Proust who is finally getting his due at the hotel he adored so much (on his death bed, so the story goes, he wanted cold beer that had to come from the Ritz).

Other additions include a tunnel under Place Vendôme linking the hotel with its parking garage, the world's first Chanel spa, and an underground ballroom that can accommodate 400 guests.