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The Hôtel Ritz is a hotel located at 15 Place Vendômemarker, in the heart of Parismarker, Francemarker. It is one of the most prestigious and luxurious hotels in the world and is one of the seven recognized Parisian palace hotels. Established in 1898, it is the oldest Ritz Hotel in the world.


The building was constructed in the early part of the 18th century as a private dwelling. In 1854 it was acquired by the Péreire brothers who made it the head office of their Crédit Mobilier financial institution.
The entire building of the Hôtel Ritz Paris

The façade was designed by Jules Hardouin Mansart. Converted to a luxury hotel by César Ritz, it opened on June 1 1898. Together with the culinary talents of minority partner Auguste Escoffier, Ritz made the hotel synonymous with opulence, service, and fine dining.

The Hôtel Ritz consists of the Vendôme and the Cambon buildings with rooms facing Place Vendômemarker and on the opposite side, rooms overlooking its famous garden. The hotel became a favorite of many of the world's wealthiest people, with luxurious suites named for some of its notable patrons from the past. These include Ernest Hemingway, for whom a bar in the hotel was named, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marcel Proust, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Iranian leader Reza Shah, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Maurice Chevalier, Jean-Paul Sartre, Elton John, plus couturier Coco Chanel who made the Ritz her home for more than thirty years.

The Ritz Today

The Hôtel Ritz Paris currently offers 161 rooms, one restaurant, and two bars. The rooms start at 730 a night. Suites start at €3,000 and can go up to €12,000 a night for the most prestigious ones (Suite Impériale).The hotel's restaurant, L'Espadon, was awarded a star by the 2007 edition of the influential Michelin Red Guide.

It is owned by the businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed.

The hotel in fiction

  • Noel Coward's play Semi-Monde takes place in the Paris Ritz. The play follows the extravagant, promiscuous, and ultimately cyclical life of a fictional Paris elite between 1924 and 1926.


  • Pamela Churchill Harriman, who was appointed United States Ambassador to France by President Bill Clinton in 1993, died in Hôtel Ritz Paris while taking her customary morning swim in the pool. Two other politicians have died at the Ritz Paris: Eleftherios Venizelos and Frederic Salusbury.
  • Forbes Magazine has called Colin P. Field, head barman of the hotel's Hemingway Bar, "The World's Greatest Bartender".[112808]
  • It is said that Ernest Hemingway, as a war reporter with the US Army, came to the Hôtel Ritz during the liberation of Parismarker in 1944, shooting into the air with a pistol. He later bragged that he had personally liberated the hotel.
  • French fashion designer Coco Chanel died in the Hôtel Ritz Paris of a heart attack in 1971.


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