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