The Ritz Hotel

Reminiscent of the French Renaissance The Ritz Paris is one of the oldest luxury hotels in the world. Home to one of the most revolutionary icons in fashion Coco Chanel, The Ritz has become synonymous with grandeur. Established by Cesar Ritz in 1898, the main purpose of the hotel was to provide its clientele with “all the refinement that a prince could desire in his own home.”

The architects hired by Cesar didn’t disappoint and soon after its opening the affluent and rich flocked to the Ritz. After all Ritz at the time of its opening was one of a kind. It exuded sophistication and class- the Parisian autocrats of the time craved such refined elegance in residential domains.

The globally renowned Hotel is situated in central Paris and remains the most expensive resort in the city of love. In the 1890’s the hotel consisted of 210 rooms as per Cesar’s instructions. For the first time in Europe every room had its own lavatory and large windows to let in as much sunlight as possible. This allowed the Ritz to appear more spacious and regal. The Ritz didn’t just dazzle with luxurious architecture, Cesar made sure that all the services they provided were very immaculate. The dining wing was handled by Escoffier, a chef bestowed with culinary excellence, the quality of the food from his kitchen contributed to the pristine image of The Ritz.

It comes as no surprise that the guest-list of the hotel included world leaders and all sorts of prominent figures in the 19th and 20th Century. Much of the world’s royalty has wandered its gardens and slept on its sheets. In fact, the hotel carries historic importance because it served as the headquarters for Nazi air force in World War 2 during German occupation of France. Some of the prominent figures that visited the estate included Hemmingway who declared that  ” the only reason not to stay at the Ritz is if you can’t afford it”. ‘Also the Sun Rises’ writer spent quite a bit of his time here and mentioned the hotel in some of his writing. Today there is a bar in his name to forever commemorate his presence at the hotel.

After the death of Cesar Ritz, the hotel lost its emblematic charm of French nobility, the concept that had put it on the map in the first place. Fortunately, for the hotel Mohammed Al-Fayed bought the estate and renovated the whole building without ever closing the hotel down. The total cost of the renovation came up to 250 million dollars. Overtime, the establishment regained its prestigious reputation and built a portfolio of clients from around the world. However it has stood witness to the tragic events that followed up to the death of Princess Diana and Dodi-Al Fayed in a fatal car crash. The walls of the Ritz carry between them whispers of untold stories and secrets of the affluent unknown to the world.

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