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The Ritz Paris to Close for Two Years as It Undergoes Massive Renovations

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October 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

How do the French say "out with the old and in with the new?"

It looks someone was listening when our VIP hotel reviewer, Josh Flagg said that the Ritz Paris was "very tired" and "overpriced" compared to the City of Light's other fabulous luxury hotel, The George V. That's because the Ritz has announced today that it will close for over TWO YEARS while it undergoes a massive renovation project.

Expatica France writes:

In a statement, the hotel said the "unprecedented renovation project" would start in the summer of 2012 and take 27 months. Financial details were not disclosed.

It said hotel facilities, including its 160 rooms and suites, would preserve their traditional style while "offering the latest technological innovations".

Only about 30 of the hotel's about 500 employees would be kept on during the renovation, a hotel spokesman said, adding that "talks are underway" with staff representatives on assistance.

Wow. "Unprecedented renovation project." That's tres interesting. Of course, Josh Flagg can't be the only reason the Ritz decided to renovate. Paris recently got several new luxury hotels this past year including the Shangri-La and Mandarin Oriental. Plus, the W Paris is coming soon.

And even though the hotel has a ton of history (this was Coco Chanel's favorite hotel), you can only cling on to the past for so long. We welcome the renovations but hopefully they can rehire all their employees when it's finished.

Archived Comments:

je ne sais quoi

The Ritz Paris, without a doubt, is due for a much-needed overhaul.  However, what I always liked about that hotel is the fact that it is unmistakably French.  When you are in the lobby or in the rooms, you can only be in France.  A constant source of dismay for me is that so many hotels now are generic.  If you didn't know which country you were in, you would never be able to tell by the hotel decor.  So many hotel interiors look the same whether they are in Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York or London.  (In the new addition to the Connaught, for example, the rooms are not only tiny, but with their ultra-modern design, they could belong anywhere.)  Perhaps most frequent world travelers - of which I am one - prefer this, but not me.  I like to have a sense of place.  So, I do hope the planned renovations at the Ritz will not erase the storied hotel's distinct Parisian flair.

If you want something modern..

The Ritz Paris is not just a hotel, but a symbol of a time and a standard which is rapidly disappearing from the world.

I am the first to complain about never having enough electrical outlets, and am fond of the latest gadgets, gizmos, and must haves, however this is where I put my foot down. The Ritz Paris is an icon of another place and era. It was a pioneer for its day. Though they maintain they will keep their traditional style, I beg that they do, because a 'modern' hotel is a dime a dozen..

DVN said it best... when you are at the Ritz Paris, you know EXACTLY where you are.