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Coco Chanel famously made the Ritz Paris her home for 34 years, but the grandest hotels need a little brightening once in a while. The Ritz, which originally opened on the Place Vendôme in 1898, reopened in 2016 after a four-year, $450-million renovation. Starchitect Thierry Despont wisely retained iconic features like the red entry carpet and the hotel’s signature amber scent, but he added brighter fabrics to the public rooms and subtle touches like a heightened lobby ceiling, as well as bolder statements, like retractable glass roofs to the Bar Vendôme and La Table de l’Espadon, the hotel restaurants, and the addition of peaceful landscaped gardens. Overall, too, the number of guest rooms was reduced to 142, and the number of staff was raised to 630. Guest rooms are light and airy with cream walls, Empire furniture, swags of floral silk fabrics, and marble fireplaces with gilt details. Some rooms have balconies, perfect for morning coffee. Down in the Ritz Club, the pool, serenely set in a columned art deco room, is long enough for laps. The Chanel au Ritz Paris is the brand’s first freestanding spa, with treatment rooms featuring (of course) Chanel skin care and beauty products.
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Who’s it for: The fashion crowd, lovers of classic hotels and white-glove service, Paris-ophiles who want to be at the center of it all.
Our favorite rooms: The Marcel Proust Suite is as it was when the writer lived there, with period furniture and the bed in a raised alcove behind the library bookcases. The Suite Mansart has a private terrace on the sixth floor with panoramic views across the rooftops of Paris—during the renovations, a maid’s room with roof access was discovered, et voilà!
Bar highlight: Order from a master at the hotel’s Bar Hemingway. Colin Field, the head bartender—and considered one of the best mixologists in the world—will make anything you want, but his Serendipity with calvados, mint, and champagne is a perennial favorite. Field is also adept at making up delicious nonalcoholic spritzers.
15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 43 16 30 30