But You Always Wanted To!
15 Place Vendôme – This Parisian address has been hosting members of the High Society since 1898. Oscar Wilde, Coco Chanel, the Kennedys… You name them. Famous politicians, royals, writers, actors and singers were always attracted by the magic of the luxurious atmosphere of The Ritz Paris. Some of them even called it their second (or fist!) home.
Being among the world’s top rated hotels, The Ritz is unique for its royal, aristocratic-inspired baroque interior, which resembles rather a fairytale castle than a hotel.
With such a rich background, obviously many stories and occurrences happened here…
Click through our gallery and hear some surprising facts that you probably didn’t know about The Ritz!
Images via The Ritz Paris
1. Lady Di spent her last evening in a suite before she had her fatal accident, together with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, son of the hotel’s owner.
2. Due to renovations, the Hotel was closed for 4 (!!) years. The maintenance works started in 2012 and were supposed to last 2 years. After delays and a fire, it reopened its doors just one year ago, on June 6th 2016.
3. Ernest Hemmingway once said: “When I dream of afterlive in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz.
4. The Suite Impériale, which is the venues biggest room, was named as a national monument by the French government.
5. In 1979 Monique Ritz, widow of Charles Ritz, the founder’s son, had to sell the family-owned Hotel because she had no descendants. The Egyptian Businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed and then-owner of Harrod’s London bought it for 20 Million Dollars.
6. Coco Chanel lived in The Ritz Carlton from 1936 until she died in 1971. She called it “ma maison” (my house).
7. To honor Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld once held a Couture Show in the Imperial Suite for the Coutourier’s 25th anniversary of death.
8. When The Ritz first opened in 1989, it was the first hotel worldwide that had in-room telephones, electricity and bathtubs!