Yes, even the Hemingway Bar is closing at The Ritz.
The day has finally come--The Ritz Paris has closed its gilded doors. The legendary luxury hotel, which first opened in 1898, has closed for two years for a massive renovation project. Here's the letter the general manager sent out to guests (and anyone who's ever subscribed to their newsletter):
The legendary Ritz Paris has closed its doors to embark on a two-year restoration program.
Rooms, suites, restaurants and bars, the spa and the famous Ritz Escoffier cooking school will all be carefully restored and recreated under the direction of the internationally renowned interior designer Thierry W. Despont.
We will ensure that the charm and personality of the Ritz Paris is kept alive and that we continue to satisfy even the most discerning travelers.
We certainly hope that you will follow our progress on www.ritzparis.com or through our social media channels.
All of us at the Ritz Paris are looking forward with great anticipation to welcoming you back in 2014 for the reopening of your home in Paris.
Christian A. Boyens,
Frank J. Klein,
It was only a year ago that we learned how "tired" the rooms were at the Ritz, thanks to Josh Flagg's review. So while we're sad to see such an iconic property shut down for two years, we're hopeful the place can come back better than before--and you know, be totally worth the hundreds of Euros it costs a night to stay there.
Now, sit back and watch the hotel's special "closing time" video it made just for the occasion. It's actually pretty sad--lights turning off, doors closing, chef hats taken off, maids aprons being untied....