To celebrate its 4th anniversary: 10 Facts You Need to Know about the incredible Luxury Hotel Ritz Paris!
The incredible Ritz Paris Hotel is ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the world! It was founded in 1998 by César Ritz and it is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The Ritz reopened on 6 June last year, and has today around 159 rooms.
To celebrate its fourth-year 450 Million dollar renovation, today we selected a list of 10 things about the much cherished luxury hotel of worldwide icons like Coco Chanel and Charlie Chaplin. Take a look!
The designer and architect responsible for the renovation, Thierry W. Despont, is the go-to guy for landmark five-star hotel remodels. He’s worked on the Dorchester, 45 Park Lane and Claridge’s in London, the Carlyle and the Palm Court at the Plaza in New York and Principe di Savoia in Milan, as well as L.A.’s Getty Center, London’s Polo Ralph Lauren flagship, the Cartier boutique on Fifth Avenue and even the Statue of Liberty. Other clients have included Bill and Melinda Gates, the Shah of Iran, Lakshmi Mittal and Calvin Klein.
7- NOTHING HERE IS CHEAP
One of the hotel’s cognac-based cocktail creations, the Ritz Sidecar, was once in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the most expensive cocktail in the world (it goes for 1,500 euros today, which is about $1,575).
8- THERE’S A CULINARY SCHOOL ON SITE
The hotel features a prestigious gastronomy school: the École Ritz Escoffier, founded in 1988 in honor of Auguste Escoffier, the first executive chef of the Ritz. Studies include French haute cuisine, pastry training and a comprehensive French Gastronomy Master training, with individual classes offered such as a four-hour macaron course or a class devoted entirely to lobster.
9- MARCEL PROUST ORDERED A RITZ BEER ON HIS DEATHBED
Marcel Proust wrote parts of “Remembrance of Things Past” at the hotel, and was one of its more devoted clients. (According to legend, Proust requested a bottle of cold beer from the Ritz on his deathbed.)
Although it’s one of the most famous, luxurious hotels in the world, it still isn’t considered a “Palace.” In 2010, the French Ministry of Tourism created the six star palace designation for extraordinary hotels that demonstrate — among many criteria — exceptional beauty, history and gastronomic excellence. Currently, there are 23 Palaces in France and 10 in Paris — but the honor has so far eluded the Ritz Paris. After its recent $450 million face lift, perhaps the beautiful hotel will finally receive the recognition.