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THE DUKE OF WINDSOR
The incomparable Ritz Paris is currently closed with a grand reopening planned for the end of the year. We can’t wait. Since 1898 this grand hotel has been the epitome of elegance and understated luxury of French art de vivre. Always a gathering place for royalty, celebs, artists and writers (Hemingway, Proust, Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Callas to name just a few), a loyal following had remained true to this Place Vendôme treasure contributing to its well-earned mystique.
To preserve its storied heritage, the Ritz Paris is undergoing an unparalleled 3-year restoration. Priceless furniture and masterpieces that grace the rooms behind the famous majestic wrought iron entrance doors have been delicately removed and will be preserved and reinstalled. A cadre of artisans from various fields have been mobilized to do the highly detailed restoration work, supervised by prominent architect designer Thierry W. Despont. He is dedicated to conserving the magic of the Ritz Paris while adding the very latest technologies.
The result will be a historic hotel in sync with the 21st Century, a masterpiece with newly-created spaces, high tech comfort and a renewed commitment to its classic roots. We have met the dashing manager, Christian Boyens, and we are confident the traditional refinement and subtle rebirth will be handled properly.
Some of the highlights: a new tunnel under the Place Vendôme for discreet entrance; a lush jardin a la francaise; a bright Galerie showcasing French luxe fashion, jewelry and Ritz products; a retractable roof for the winter garden; and a new Ritz Bar in the spirit of a refined Parisian café. The Bar Hemingway will remain unchanged, mercifully, to the delight of us habitués.
Chef Nicolas Sale will be on hand to display his many talents in the kitchen, following the well-respected Ritz tradition of innovation and excellence. Meanwhile, the Ecole Ritz Escoffier, at the center of French Gastronomy, will offer a third kitchen to accommodate cooking enthusiasts and professionals at all levels.
The 71 rooms and 71 suites of the hotel, some with terraces, will continue to combine opulent Empire style and quintessential Classicism. Expect a harmonious blend of fine wood paneling and delicate pastels. State-of-the-art technology will be considerately unobtrusive. Fifteen one-of-a-kind prestige suites represent the illustrious guests of the Ritz Paris, both through their refined décor and by their names including Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Duke of Windsor.
The Ritz Club will pamper guests with its splendid indoor swimming pool and modern fitness center, both beyond compare in Paris. And the spa has been entirely rethought in a contemporary spirit. It will feature a collaboration with the great house of Chanel, a first for the legendary house of fashion. This exceptional partnership will debut a new beauty concept dedicated to Chanel’s skincare. Guests will enjoy a unique sensory and customized experience inspired by Chanel’s art of beauty. Mademoiselle Chanel and the Ritz go way back—she lived there for 34 years in a suite overlooking the Place Vendôme.
The Ritz seems destined to be at the epicenter of Paris once again, more than ever a symbol of international influence. Visit http://www.ritzparis.com/en