Old School is as Old School does.
Perhaps some may find the jacquard velvet chairs in the lounge a bit tired. Maybe some people are over the head captain at the 2 Michelin star wearing a Morning Suit. Arguably, there may be those who find marble baths, La Prairie amenities, gilded furniture and bidets passé.
Happily, I am NOT one of those people.
Trends come and go. As a matter of fact, I ambled over to the new Mandarin for cocktails a twice while in Paris. Meh. In fact, it felt, dare I say it, Euro-Trashy. The seats were uncomfortable. The service was surly. the lighting fixtures were just downright odd.
I read "If you want TRUE Old School luxury, go to Le Crillon"; so I did. Um. Nope. Nice, but not special.
See, Hotel Ritz is special. You feel it the moment you enter and at least 3 people on the Concierge staff and 2 doormen have given you a pleasant "Bon jour!". You know it when somehow, maybe because your room was a little bit late in being prepared, you were upgraded 2 full accommodation statuses and given an incredible suite.
OF COURSE, you are paying for this.... I mean, one would assume that you at least checked out the website and prepared yourself for the ASTRONOMICAL prices. And yet, and yet.... the Frette linens, the elegant swimming pool, the incredible floral arrangements, the FRIENDLY and undeniably French service is so enchanting, so beguiling, you find you are seduced.
Just make sure you visit L'Espadon (see that review) and ask for Dominique.
C'est si bon.
I have yet seen anyone in Paris with 5" stilettos until I came to the lobby bar here at the Ritz at 12 am. Red velvety, chairs, love seats, and stools pure luxury sex appeal. ;)
This is where EVERYONE is dressed up like a million dollar trooper!
So if you're blue and you don't know where to go to, why don't you go where fashion sits, puttin on the Ritz. Dress up like a million dollar trooper, try to look like Gary Cooper.............Wow, the women are beautifully dressed with STILETTOS!!!
The men are from GQ! I LOVE THIS LOBBY~
I am going to just say it. The Ritz is the (insert 1999 AL batting champ here) of the hotel business. You are living off your past reputation as being one of the worlds greatest hotel properties. But now with both the Peninsula (Coming in 2013) and Raffles part of the City of Lights everyday line up, there may not be a need to let the Ritz bat cleanup.
Do not get me wrong, the Ritz to this day still provides ultra high end accommodations, luxury and attention to detail surrounds you at every turn. But like an aging superstar, you over pay for what you get. A comparable room at either Peninsula or Raffles is half of you would pay here. And you still get all the personal attention and even the daily gratis shoe shine.
One may argue that the location is better, but I will argue with you until I am blue in the face that it isn't. Getting to the front door in a cab during rush hour is a challenge and many of the cities taxi's will give you that evil frowny face when asking to be dropped there at 5:30 on a Friday afternoon.
On the bright side, the Ritz is easy walking distance to the greatest cup of hot chocolate on the planet. But if it's a fax you need sent, the business center is tiny and will nickle and dime you for every little thing you need including a paper clip.
Just because Coco Channel is said to be a permanent resident here, this is no reason to drop some serious euros. If you want the experience the Ritz, just stop by the bar for one of their world famous cocktails. Just take the metro and skip the cab.
Yes, it's The Ritz, and you know going in that for the premium price you will experience a level of refinement and decorum hard to find anywhere else. At the Ritz Paris, you find yourself in a 300 year old building, in arguably the best location in the city. From the extravagant flower arrangements to the amazing underground pool, you can expect to be bowled over by the sheer majesty of it all, and for the most part this is true, though there are a few glaring exceptions.
Unfortunately it's the details where The Ritz falls short. Tea service is 65 Euro, includes some scrumptious finger sandwiches and petit fours, but unfortunately they can't brew a proper pot of black tea, even when given a second try.
Breakfast at Bar Vendome was equally lackluster. The lowlights were overcooked soft boiled eggs with untoasted bread and a broken door repeatedly slamming, sending shudders through the entire dining area.
The gallery hallway hawking all sorts of wares from various purveyors was fairly tacky, and thats not meant to be a commentary on the actual items on display.
The "DJ" hired to spin tunes at the Ritz Bar on Saturday night was clearly hired for her looks, because her talent as a DJ was non-existent... despite what the table full of her friends might say.
Paris isn't lacking in ultra high end accommodations, but at the Ritz, two thirds of your booking fee goes towards sheer indulgence and lavishness, the other third is for the legacy of the name over the door. In my humble opinion, it just isn't worth it.
Check-in took longer than expected. The rooms were surprisingly modern for a 300 year old building. The rooms are very elegant and something I expect of a Ritz.
Service was great and location was great as well, but then again in Paris you can walk everywhere. The Hemingway Bar is really nice place to chill at night.
As everyone on both sides of the "pond" knows,- the Hotel Ritz is one of the most famous (and expensive) hotels on the planet. What most people don't know is that there is a PRIVATE night club hidden away from prying eyes inside the Ritz. This is NOT the Hotel Bar, the pool bar, or the "Hemingway" Bar.
Called simply, the Ritz Bar,- it is a private bar/night club that ONLY guests of the Hotel (or those with serious connections and "coinage") can get into....
To the untrained eye, there is a seeming wall of floor-to-ceiling mirrors. However, there is a tiny thumb-sized (unadvertised and silent) doorbell which when pressed will alert those inside who (hopefully) will open up the mirrors as folded doors. Behind those mirrored doors, in the interior foyer, I was greeted by three women who sized me up (and down) and (since I wasn't staying at he Ritz) peppered me with questions. After the "3rd degree," - I was f - i -n- a- l- l -y reluctantly admitted (they REALLY, REALLY don't like to admit anyone who is NOT staying at their hotel!).
After walking down a winding circular staircase you come into a very dimly lit but very posh room,- lots of red velvet, dark wood and a tiny dance floor. Since no cameras are allowed the only pics I could find are from the Ritz website and they are not even labeled as their own private club!
Since this is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world,- drinks are priced accordingly: expect to pay about 30 Euro's per drink ($45 at current exchange rates). Should you get the munchies, caviar and crackers will set you back a king's ransom!
This is not for the faint of heart...or wallet...but definitely worth the memories!
We just checked out of our room, and I already miss it. Returning to our real home in Maryland is going to be unavoidably disappointing. It was such a treat to stay there. I can count only a few hotels around the world I've stayed in that were as nice. The rooms are so beautiful. Every detail is perfect. I think it went to my head; I started to feel like royalty.
So now it's back to reality.
Sunday Brunch at the Ritz in Paris a unique experience, which ranks amongst my top three all-time-experiences (when it comes down to food ;-)
No need to introduce the Ritz - this institution is known around the world. But have you heard about their famous Sunday Brunches? If you cannot afford to stay in the hotel, don't worry you can attend the Brunch even if you are not a guest. But don't forget to place your reservation way in advance! This is the perfect ending for a lovely vacation in Paris (assuming that you're flying out again on a Sunday.)
The price per person is 120EUR - and oh it's soooooo worth it!
A dozen stations offer you a trip around the culinary world, everything neatly arranged in small glasses and bowls for you to pick up and enjoy:
Salads from asparagus and vegetable salad over veal filet mignon salad to foie gras with pistachios
Green Salads Lettuce, radicchio, romainename it and you'll find it here
Lebanese Specialities Hummus, Taboulé, grilled eggplant, ewe's milk chees in salad..
Japanese Specialities Sushi, Makhi and everything that goes with it
Cold Fish smoked specialities, salmon roe tarama, shrimps, grilled scallops, red mullet, herring, crab salad
Delicious meat home-made duck terrine, ham with herbs, parma ham
Hot courses monkfish skewers, roasted turkey, rib of beef, leg of lamb
Pasta gnocchetti, farfalle, different sauces
Selection of matured cheeses
Choice of Deserts pear tart, apple tart, lemon cake
Mini-pastries mini macaroons, éclairs, chocolate mousse, plum clafoutis.
Children-buffet ham rols, mini sandwiches with kiri cheese, fruits.
Take your time (we've stayed three hours), skip dinner the evening before and indulge in a festivity of first-class food!!!!!
Kids are welcome, cost 60EUR (up to 12 years) and are free if under 5. They have a special games area for kids, where they can play along and find their own little buffet.
But please be aware that this is a first class restaurant your kids should be able to distinguish between an outdoor adventure trail and a restaurant, where people would like to enjoy their meal
Save up your euros and if you can't stay at the Ritz, beg, steal or borrow enough money to eat one meal there. You will not regret it. Michel Roth is one of the finest chefs of our generation you will remember food cooked in his kitchen when even the Tour Eiffel fades from your memory. Langoustines here are the stuff of heaven, and the Gourmet Assortment of luncheon desserts is to die for Parisian puddings can often be a let down: sad crème caramel or cement-like tarte Tatin, but Roth brings a true delicacy of touch to sweets that will linger in the mind.
The hotel itself? Very grand, very well organised, rather impersonal in my opinion excellent service of course, and no problems here with language, somebody will speak what you do, regardless of where you come from.
The décor is as grand and impersonal as the atmosphere this is not a place for great comfort, but certainly you won't be left waiting around for anything. The rooms here are big enough to please anybody, you almost need skates to get from one side of the suites to the other. I strongly recommend trying to get rooms next to your colleagues or friends this is a big and confusing place to find your way around. Overall, the food here is heavenly and the hotel is extremely good.
Super expensive, Super posh, super Ritzy. If you have money to piss away, this is the place to do it.
Cet endroit est incroyable. Il n'y a pas d'autre façon de décrire. Tout simplement incroyable. Nous vous remercions de l'un des meilleurs dîners que nous avons vraiment apprécié!
We enjoyed staying here during our sojourn to Paris. The service and food were outstanding. We found out shortly after checking in that there was an army of papparazzi camped out in front of the hotel. When we looked around to see who they were waiting for, Eminem, the rap star, walked through the doors. Nice coincidence. One morning during our stay, we went down to check out the gym and spa after a sumptous breakfast. I went on the elliptical machine and then Eminem suddenly walked in with a bodyguard, and patiently waited for me to finish with the machine. I complimented him on his album and went back to our room. The concierge helped us with our reservations at the famous Jules Verne restaurant. At the time we stayed there, there was an ultra exclusive club downstairs, and we enjoyed dancing, drinking, and people watching. Needless to say, I would very much love to stay here again soon.
un beau restaurant et hôtel.
The Ritz is a really nice hotel with friendly staff. I went Paris for a day trip and had lunch at the Ritz which was esquisite. The food was perfect and the fresh rolls were excellent. The champagne was perfect. Highly recommended.
this is one of the most gorgeous classy places ive ever been to in my life. i wish i lived here it just screams class...and i've met very laid back nice people at the bar - prepare to spend if you're eating, drinking, or staying here - really spend. even walking through you are tempted with beautiful things. everyone is dressed to the nines. i can't say enough good things
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