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What Will Happen To Ritz Paris?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9214 posts, RR: 15
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1678 times:

I know it's under renovation right now.

Will the overall design be kept? I mean the classic design. Will everything be similar? Hope it will not become a new style hotel

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

Paris's Hotel Ritz to close for two years

Quote:
In a statement, the hotel said the "unprecedented renovation project" would start in the summer of 2012 and take 27 months. Financial details were not disclosed.

It said hotel facilities, including its 160 rooms and suites, would preserve their traditional style while "offering the latest technological innovations".

#firstworldproblems



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User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 6963 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

Well tourism is 6-7% of the French GNP (and of course, far more in many third world places) so it's not something to take lightly. Also, hotel rooms are taxed, and expensive ones even more taxed, so they bring money to coffers that desperately need it.


New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9214 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1545 times:

Why does it take so long?

So the largest group of tourists in France=Americans?

Any swimming pools in Ritz Paris/London?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 3):
Why does it take so long?

They are completely gutting the entire hotel. 2 years plus a couple of months isn't really long at all.

Quoting United Airline (Reply 3):
Any swimming pools in Ritz Paris

Google is your friend, not that difficult to find: Pool Fitness & Pool - Ritz Paris



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User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2495 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

There is still Le Hôtel de Crillon and Four Seasons George Cinq (my personal favorite).


oh boy!!!
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9214 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

Thanks. Doesn't seem that Ritz London has a swimming pool.

I wish Peninsula Hong Kong did the same thing like Ritz Paris. Now except the restaurants and the lobbies the rooms are a bit contemporary and I don't find it special


User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2732 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

It's just around the corner from me and I can confirm they are in the middle of MAJOR renovations. The roof is off, a tarpaulin is covering it, a huge crane is constructed INSIDE the building and towers above; place Vendome is full of construction offices, etc.... They mean business.


When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1356 times:

It's not really that odd or unprecedented to close an older structure or hotel for a few years and totally re do the infrastructure. It's a beautiful historical building but was not built with the technology of the 20th Century and what will come in the 21st Century.

Im sure dating into the 19th century, electric lines were installed, lighting fixtures placed or even back in the 40s or earlier, thick telephone lines were installed, then came TV sets, wall mounted sets, A/C, or whatever convenience was necessary for a discerning clientele. The building probably took a beating over the last 100 years in being converted to new technologies that it was never built to house.

There are pix of the White House being completely restored in the 30s because the floors and support beams were in danger of falling apart due to constantly being upgraded with the times since the 1790s. The literally removed all the mouldings, fixtures, historic walls and stored them and rebuilt the support columns and replaced the wooden support areas with stronger materials. Then placed all the fixtures, mouldings , walls back to their original areas But even things like bathtubs, you dont realize how much weight they cause to a buidling and who knows if the Ritz was built with bathtubs in mind. Showers probably not in its early days. So, the grand dame has definitely taken a beating over the years and will re open completely modernized and hopefully historically intact.

On a side note, I used to work in a trading environment in San Francisco in the 1990s, and the Bank of America building was built in the late 60s and when the trading floor was initially built, they had to raise the floor a few feet to handle the sheer amount of cables to support a 200 person trading group (foreign exchange, derivatives, bond trading etc) and their old computers of the days, telerates, reuters machines, then faxes, printers etc etc. So they needed that two feet to put all those cables under the floor. When they decided to re do the floor in 1997, they decided to just simply start anew and built a new one in another building built to handle that. Obviously that's not possible with the Ritz in Paris...


User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 6963 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 5):
There is still Le Hôtel de Crillon and Four Seasons George Cinq (my personal favorite).

Actually the Crillon is closing in a few days for similar reasons.



New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2495 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 9):

Actually the Crillon is closing in a few days for similar reasons.

!!!! I had no idea...I was just there in January. Ughhhhh!!



oh boy!!!
User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2495 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 9):

Well they (Le Crillon) just emailed me and said as much. "See you in 2015!"  



oh boy!!!
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