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After $450 million renovation, the Ritz Paris Hotel is drop dead gorgeous

After $450 million renovation, Ritz Paris Hotel is drop dead gorgeous

Ritz Paris, June 2016, Suite Vendome
The decorative riches and luxe comforts of the Suite Vendome are typical of the Ritz Paris renovation. © Vincent Leroux
Ritz Paris, June 2016, Suite Vendome
The bedroom of the magnificent Suite Vendome. © Vincent Leroux
Ritz Paris, June 2016, Bar Hemingway
The iconic Bar Hemingway never looked better.  © Vincent Leroux
Ritz Paris, June 2016, Salon Proust
Salon Proust another example of the luxe renovation. © Adrian Dirand
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 Suite Cesar Ritz
The Suite César Ritz. Photo by Vincent Leroux
Ritz Paris, June 2016, Bar Vendome
The Bar Vendome has a new but yet pleasantly familiar look. © Vincent Leroux
Ritz Paris, June 2016, L'Espadon
L'Espadon, the Ritz formal restaurant.  © Adrien Dirand
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 swimming pool
The underground swimming pool has been beautifully refreshed. © Vincent Leroux
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 guest room
A typical room at the Ritz Paris if there is anything 'typical' about the luxe hotel. © Vincent Leroux
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 guest room
All bathrooms and closets have been enlarged in the extensive renovation. © Vincent Leroux
News, Ritz Hotel Paris, Swan fixtures, Jan. 2016
The gilded swan bathroom fixtures remain a signature of the posh hotel. Photo Courtesy of The Ritz Hotel
News, Ritz Hotel Paris, Place Vendome, Jan. 2016
The famed Ritz Hotel Paris on the Place Vendome has reopened after extensive renovation. Photo Courtesy of The Ritz Hotel
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 Colin Field
Bar Hemingway bartender Colin Field, picture here at a Houston party last January is back at the helm in Paris. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Ritz Paris, June 2016, Suite Vendome
Ritz Paris, June 2016, Suite Vendome
Ritz Paris, June 2016, Bar Hemingway
Ritz Paris, June 2016, Salon Proust
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 Suite Cesar Ritz
Ritz Paris, June 2016, Bar Vendome
Ritz Paris, June 2016, L'Espadon
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 swimming pool
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 guest room
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 guest room
News, Ritz Hotel Paris, Swan fixtures, Jan. 2016
News, Ritz Hotel Paris, Place Vendome, Jan. 2016
Ritz Hotel Paris, June 2016 Colin Field

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.