Réhabilitation Of The Ritz Paris Is Underway
We’ve previously talked about the intense competition in the Parisian palace (and palace-adjacent; not every luxury hotel gets to use the term) hotel market. Despite eye-wateringly expensive rates, appetite for these hotels knows no bounds it seems. Let’s recap for a minute what’s been happening shall we?
Prince de Galles is due to reopen right next door to Four Seasons George V (which is renovating floor by floor and added a penthouse), Le Bristol added a whole wing, and so will Plaza Athenée, Raffles let Philippe Starck loose on the Royal Monceau, Le Meurice spruced up its five Presidential Suites, Hotel de Crillon should become a Rosewood after a two-year closure, and then there is the small matter of the three Asian heavyweights Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental, and soon, Peninsula (more on that later) muscling their way into the market as well.
No wonder then that last August, perhaps the most famous of them all - The Ritz Paris - also closed its doors for the first time since opening in 1898 and began a two year soup-to-nuts restoration program.
Based on what we saw when we walked by recently, the réhabilitation of the hotel, as the French call it, is seriously underway. The Ritz has almost completely disappeared from view, hidden behind an extensive external structure of temporary construction quarters. Outside the hotel, a tunnel is being built to access the parking garage directly.
The Ritz is not afraid to show what’s happening on the inside, with a both a video on its homepage, and a rolling timeline to follow the journey towards the recreation of rooms, suites, and public spaces by Thierry Despont between now and 2014. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as well.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]