Surely, not since its opening as Paris' premiere hotel in 1898 has the gilt and the glamour of the Ritz Paris been more opulent. Early reviews are in and recent photos attest that after nearly four years and an estimated $450 million renovation, the Ritz is back better than ever.
"The new Ritz Paris is as beautiful as expected," coos Town & Country magazine.
From the Wall Street Journal " . . . to distinguish itself from the ever-growing competitive landscape of Parisian ultra luxury hotels, it has doubled down precisely on its 'Ritziness': its old-world charm, extreme French-ness and legendary history."
Writing in Vogue, Diane Johnson notes, "It’s the details, sumptuously tasteful, with elaborate swagged draperies, brocade spreads, velvet sofas, lovely tapestry hangings, and delectably deep bathtubs that make you feel as though you are truly living in a palace of luxury."
The old world elegance that Swiss hotelier César Ritz embedded in this former private palace on Place Vendome has been restored and updated with modern conveniences that could not have been imagined 118 years ago. Air conditioning, voila! WiFi, 160 rooms reduced to 71 rooms and 71 suites, larger bathrooms and closets, and 124 containers of antiques restored.
"Most important, the Ritz will stay the Ritz," general manager Christian Boyens told CultureMap in January. "But behind the walls, you will find a hotel that is totally 2016."
Hotel owner Mohamed Al Fayed, famed Egyptian businessman, orchestrated the renaissance which required 1,000 workers on site for the duration of the project that has transformed what had become a tired dowager, into a brilliant show stopper.