“A little house upon which I am proud to put my name”, such is the way César Ritz described his hotel on the day of the inauguration in 1898. Today, the Ritz retains the atmosphere of a private home, bringing together French “art de vivre”, alongside British comfort and cosiness. Coincidentally, only five years after the opening of the Ritz Paris, the term “palace” entered into the French language, evoking both the unique charm and the prestigious service of the now iconic hotel.
In 1912, at the time of the construction of a second building facing the Cambon Street, a long corridor of 110 metres was built, linking the new building and the main edifice. César Ritz, in a stroke of genius, suggested to his wife who was saddened by its gloominess, that she decorates it with beautiful ornaments, in order to distract customers from its narrow darkness. Ever since, this glum passage has been transformed into the gallery of temptations, warm and refined space, showcase for luxurious items.
Renamed the Vendôme Bar in 1962, the British inspired Cocktail Lounge is the creation of Charles Ritz, proud successor of César and Marie Louise Ritz. Located at the entrance of the Place Vendôme, with a view on a calm, lush garden, this bar has a unique, enticing charm. It has now become an essential venue for haute couture shows, and also appeals to those enjoying refined aromas whilst savouring a classic Five O’Clock Tea.
By the end of the 1970′s, the Ritz Paris had lost some of its original splendor. Despite the loyalty of its guests, its standards of comfort were no longer comparable to that of other palaces of the capital, and it was finally sold by the widow of Charles Ritz, Monique. The Al Fayed family purchased the hotel, falling in love with the prestigious venue. After nine years of major reconstruction work, the Ritz Paris has regained its initial grandeur, revamped by a modern touch, whilst preserving its characteristic charm.
In 1988, the Ritz Club and the Ritz Health Club were born. The first is a trendy place to dine and meet friends, whist the second is a haven of peace, dedicated to the well being of guests.
The Ritz Paris is an iconic venue, synonymous of excellence and elegance. An international reference in the luxury hotel business, the Ritz is a privileged venue for great of this world. Praised by the most prestigious travel magazines, its exceptional range of services has also been awarded accolades such as “best hotel in the world”and “hotel of the century”. The most demanding of guests are sure to be delighted by the Ritz Paris, and will be seduced by top of the range catering, meticulous service, and refined decoration.