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Ritz Paris (reopened June, 2016)

Ritz Paris (reopened June, 2016)

Old Jul 31, 15, 9:23 am
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Ritz Paris (reopened June, 2016)

Got the news today that Ritz Paris is now accepting reservations beginning March 14, 2016.

I'm personally very excited about this news. The Ritz Paris is undergoing a thorough renovation. They have literally constructed a modern hotel (with the same traditional feel) inside the original facade. The hotel will have up-to-date mechanical systems (plumbing, electrical, presumably ethernet), and the renovation will also make movement around the hotel much easier. The "old" Ritz joined together four separate buildings ... and I recall the circuitous route it required to get from my room in the Cambon Street wing to the spa. The intent is to create the same experience (with larger rooms) inside the same historic building.

NEW: here's a short film Ritz Paris has posted.

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  • No set check-in/check-out time
  • Guaranteed upgrade at time of booking
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests (valid at restaurant or in-room)
  • Complimentary one-way private airport transfer (with VIP meet & greet at the airport if used on arrival)

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Old Jul 31, 15, 10:05 am
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Thanks David, good to know!
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Wow! Those are some great benefits.
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Old Jul 31, 15, 11:13 am
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We are invited to a special pre-opening visit in September set up by French Amex. Can't wait.
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Old Jul 31, 15, 11:16 am
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Originally Posted by Pierre&Cédric View Post
We are invited to a special pre-opening visit in September set up by French Amex. Can't wait.
Please do report back. Would love to know your first impressions.
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Old Jul 31, 15, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by aa213bb View Post
Please do report back. Would love to know your first impressions.
If it is allowed I will try to take a few pictures.
The invitation says:
Visite du chantier
Visite des Suites à disposition terminées
Cocktail dînatoire signé le Ritz Paris
Cocktails inédits signé par le Chef barman Colin Field qui sera également présent.
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Complimentary one-way private airport transfer
(with VIP meet & greet at the airport if used on arrival)
provider?

http://www.conciergerie-paris-airport.com/
https://web.archive.org/web/19960801...nciergerie.htm

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Old Sep 17, 15, 4:43 pm
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We just come back from the special visit organised by Amex. I expected the hotel to be pretty much in its final work phase but I was quite surprised that it is still in the hard hat phase. Difficult to imagine that first guests will stay next March (they are even trying to open the first rooms/suites for Valentine's Day).

I don't remember everything precisely but these are the main information they gave us:
- 142 rooms among which 50% suites
- Chanel spa (first in the world) between 1,500 to 1,800 sqm on 2 floors
- 5 buildings connected together
- still 580 workers on site rushing to finish everything on time

We saw 4 room types => Grand Deluxe Room, Deluxe Junior Suite, Deluxe Suite, and a new category of rooms/suites on the second floor (they don't know yet how they will be called) with balconies over the main garden. Some of these new suites will have stairs leading to a private roof top terrace. There will be 4 of this kind.

The deluxe suite was not so great (not very bright and small bedroom). I much preferred the deluxe junior suites with plenty of natural light. The room with the balcony over the garden was the best option with a stand alone bathtub and a large shower. I didn't like the grand deluxe room which felt small despite the official size.

We also visited some public areas => the lobby, Salon Cesar Ritz, Salon Proust where afternoon tea will be served (with madeleines instead of scones) and the various dining locations.

The decor will remain Ritz style, not my taste, but everything has been reconstructed so the final result shall be stunning.

Originally Posted by DavidO View Post
NEW: here's a short film Ritz Paris has posted.
The room you can see briefly in this video is one of the new rooms with a balcony over the garden.

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Old Sep 18, 15, 7:56 am
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No photos allowed Pierre&Cédric? Just wondering
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Taking a tour of this property Dec. 4. Will take pictures.
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Old Sep 18, 15, 6:13 pm
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Thank you, Pierre&Cédric. You don't seem very thrilled about the hotel though (which I understand). Due to the unique location (and history yada yada..) the Ritz will always have its share of the market, however, I'm not sure the hotel takes center stage amongst the best of all Parisian palaces and I very much doubt it can hold a candle to the sheer excellence of the Bristol or George V. And the renovations won't change a thing about it. We'll see, but from what I have heard, and your report, I'm not that enthusiastic.
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I am not thrilled mainly because the classic decor is too heavy for me, but I still think it will be one of the best when it finally opens. The fact that works are not finished makes it also difficult to imagine the final result. But what I call the 'unknown category' (the 4 rooms/suites on the second floor with a balcony over the garden, and some of these 4 rooms/suite with stairs leading to a private rooftop garden) shall be the one to book and I could try a staycation just for them!
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slightly off topic but did they show you rooms with toiletries in them? Just wondering what they use Pierre&Cédric
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Old Sep 19, 15, 2:16 am
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No toiletries yet. Furniture was wrapped in plastic and everything was not finished in bathrooms so they are still far from the final touches
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