Paris, the City of Lights, is famous for housing some of the world’s most iconic historical monuments, each marking an era in which the French capital was of importance in world history. One such monument is the Vendôme Column, standing tall in the heart of Paris, erected to commemorate one of the many Napoleonic victories. Overlooking this ode to Parisian glory, several hôtels particuliers stand, amongst which the Ritz rises as a unique star.

Founded in 1898, its housed in a seventeenth-century building, and was one of the first in the world to offer en-suite bathrooms and electricity. Today, the Ritz Paris is a global referent in luxury and hospitality. A destination all of its own, the classy Art Deco embraces each visitor from the very first step inside its doors. Each room is full of history and elegance, every minute detail taken care of to perfection, the craftmanship of exceptional artisans shown in each piece all throughout the hotel.

 Rooms and suites are distinctively spacious, overlooking precious gardens and magnificent rooftops that hide a unique city life below them. The most exclusive locales are the Prestige Suites, 16 independent suites, each with its own individual twist. Each suite pays homage to one illustrious guest at the Ritz, including the Prince de Galles, Marcel Proust, Charles Chaplin, Chopin, Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and of course, Cesar Ritz. The most impressive of these suites, the Suite Impériale, is a 215 square meter space inspired in its entirety by the Château de Versailles. The room itself is a copy of the legendary Queen Marie-Antoinette’s quarters at the palace, each detail painstakingly cared for. To simply be at this room, or any other in the Prestige Suites list, is an experience by itself, having the opportunity to admire precious wood carvings and fabric details. All rooms and suites are fully equipped and are sure to make your stay as pleasurable as possibly conceivable, all complemented by the luxury of antique French elegance.

Suite Impériale

The Ritz offers a fully-fledged experience, with its different dining options all on par with the best restaurants in the world. La Table de L’Espadon offers a two-Michelin star menu in a dreamy atmosphere of lushness and elegance, surrounded by Murano glass and imperial motifs. The Bar Vendôme takes on Belle Époque codes and offers the opportunity to dine under the sky with its crystal ceiling. Settle in at 6pm to enjoy live piano music for an extra aura of relaxation and exclusivity. Alternatively, enjoy French-style teatime by the Head Pastry Chef at the Ritz, Francois Perret, at the Salon Proust. Charming, cozy and quiet, the Salon Proust changes from teatime space to a champagne bar at 6 pm. Round up the experience by enjoying a cocktail at the Bar Hemingway, the world’s most famous and smallest bar. The tufted armchairs welcome visitors as they enjoy prime drinks prepared by the Best Head Barman in the World, Colin Field, who mans the bar and offers signature beverages such as his iconic Serendipity.

15 Place Vendôme houses not only the hotel but also the prime-level club, the Club Ritz Paris, offering a swimming pool and first-class wellness and self-care treatments. More than 40 group classes on a weekly basis and a fitness room with cutting-edge technology and relaxation alcoves are available to visitors.

La Table de L’Espadon

Salón Proust

Treatments offered include the signature L’Impérial massage, involving breathing techniques and an enveloping massage. Each treatment is preceded by a personal consultation, ensuring the procedure is the best possible for each individual’s needs. Visitors can then unwind in the pool or at a private alcove overlooking it, or even venting out by working out at the fitness center and at the Ritz Fitness Club, with personal trainers taking care of them at every step. After relaxing, Australian stylist David Mallett offers a prime self-care and styling services, all with the Parisian allure trademark to the Ritz.

The glamour is also available for groups and special events. The Ritz is specialized in the art of entertaining, holding fabulous events in the hotel’s private salons, decorated to perfection, and making use of their expert staff. Gatherings, presentations, and weddings are some of the special occasions to be held in these mesmerizing spaces.

Walk through the historic halls and take in the marvelous deco of each room at the Ritz. Let yourself be entertained and inspired by the same walls that made the magna opera of countless writers, artists, designers and stars possible. Experience the ultimate Parisian glamour and elegance and stay at the Ritz, the palace where luxury materializes.

Club Ritz Paris

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