That’s right, you may have guessed it already, we’re talking about “The Ritz“. The iconic hotel has been closed since 2012. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz.” Thankfully for all the connoisseurs around the world, the storied hotel is reopening today after four years of renovations.
Original renovation budget was weighing around $160 to $200 million, a hotel spokesman told The New York Times it was “more” than that. Later it was reported that the renovation costs surpassed $450 million. Edyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed, owner of the hotel commented on the upgrades noting that the renovation was “necessary to maintain the pre-eminent position of the Ritz.”
Essentially, the former private palace, which originally opened in 1898 as a hotel, has replaced all of the plumbing, heating and cooling systems as well as applied a high-speed Wi-Fi. What previously was 159 rooms has been transformed into 142 including 71 suites-15 of which, like the Maria Callas suite or the F. Scott Fitzgerald Suite, are themed in honour of famed hotel guests (perfection). Latest additions include the world’s first Chanel Spa as well as an underground ballroom, 21,500-square-foot garden, and the Salon Proust, where guests have the chance to sip afternoon tea. Hemingway would certainly be proud, bar named after him has also been refurbished.