After a minor three-month setback, the storied Ritz Paris has officially reopened its doors to the public. Since shuttering in July 2012, the palatial hotel, owned by Egyptian heavy-hitter Mohamed Al-Fayed, has undergone the "biggest refurbishment in its history," according to Women's Wear Daily. "The restoration works continue and promise to deliver the Ritz Paris we all hoped for," read the hotel's Facebook page after the January fire that stymied their original opening plans. "We are excited to welcoming you back to Place Vendôme at the very beginning of June."
Led by architect Didier Beautemps and interior designer Thierry Despont, the four-year, $450-million renovations include a complete redesign of the rooms, restaurants and bars, as well as all new plumbing, heating and cooling. The original 159 rooms have been condensed into an exclusive 142; 15 of which are named after famous patrons like Coco Chanel and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The 120-year-old hotel now houses the first-ever Chanel Spa called the Chanel au Ritz Paris, as well as a David Mallett hair salon. Chef Nicolas Sale will head the hotel's acclaimed fine dining restaurant, the L'Espadon, with hotel veteran Estelle Touze stepping in as chief sommelier.
The Ritz Paris began taking reservations online on June 1, after first rescheduling the March through May reservations made before the fire. July 3 through the 5, as well as Paris Fashion Week, are unavailable, and July 6 rooms are currently going for $3171. If you casually happen to have three grand to blow on a night at the Ritz Paris, book a room here!
Take a peek inside the newly renovated Ritz Paris below:
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