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Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:51 am

Ever had lunch/dinner at Ritz Paris???? If yes, what did you have? I

Had dinner at L'Espadon in February. Is this the restaurant which Princess Diana had her last meal????

http://www.ritz.com/home_ritz/home_ritz.asp?id=2

It is truely one of the most luxurious hotels on earth.

Comments?

[Edited 2004-06-15 17:51:43]
 
Greg
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 1:07 am

I'm was mixed about it, but largely, I thought it was much ado about nothing for all the hype. But glad you had a good experience.

They ran out of ice when we were having mixed drinks..which, for an American, is tantamount to treason! And the orders were fairly mixed up as well (but hey, it was a party of eight).

The restaurant itself is very imposing--you simply can not feel insignificant in those surroundings. And the hotel itself is a phenomonal piece of French design.

And, it's reasonably priced for Paris.

Like all establishments, it's when you go, and who waited on you......
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 1:27 am

The food is expensive but very nice. Also very high class.
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 1:37 am

well, i found both the ritz club and l'espadon quite good. not great. just good. it is more of the experience, and the luxurious surroundings make the experience unique. maybe i was expecting more from the meals, but they werent all that much more impressive than the room service meals--of course the level of attention, detail, and service was vastly improved.

i mean the ritz is more for lodging than dining. i'd give it a 9.5/10 for rooms and 8/10 for dining.
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 1:53 am

L'espadon was the one Princess Diana had her last dinner right? That's fine dining right?

How many restaurants are there at Ritz? I suppose L'espadon is the most formal one right?

Service was friendly and efficient. I was impressed. Indeed the hotel is VERY high class
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 2:02 am

-i believe so, yes
-indeed!
-2 i believe, and more bars
-yes, the more formal of the two, and better food.
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 2:10 am

Never stayed there though. How much is it? Is it expensive? I am sure it is right?
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 3:35 am

I didn't know that about Princess Diana....kinda creepy.
And I didn't think the food was all that expensive for Paris (at least for fine dining). At any rate...it was on the company..not me!

We stayed at the George V (it's a Four Seasons) when in Paris...not sure of the roomrates for the Ritz...but I'm sure they are stratospheric for the nicer apartments....

 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:28 am

Ritz should be more expensive. At least more famous.........
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:30 am

I'll be in Paris in mid Sept and had considered trying it out myself. If nothing else, at least having a look and perhaps a cocktail..  Big grin Last time I was in Paris, it was just before Princess Diana's death.  Sad
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:36 am

The Ritz has its room rates on its website. A standard room, ~320 sq. ft runs between 610 and 680 Euros a night. The bigger standard rooms upwards of 750 Euros. Suites start from 880 Euros to 2870 Euros for a two bedroom suite. Top floor suites from 1800 to 3100 Euros. Prestige suites starting from 1050 Euros to 8500 Euros..... so in other words, EXPENSIVE. But I am sure it is quite nice.

http://www.ritzparis.com/home_ritz/home_ritz.asp?id=2
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:03 am

I love FRENCH DINING........ Especially goose liver. You?

So how old is Ritz Paris?
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:26 am

i'm with you UA.

i LOVE foie gras! though it is possible to be served too much in one entree. it is just so rich, that too much is just--ugh.

the hotel is actually barely 100 years old. weird though, since it seems and feels so steeped in history, which it is. but 100 years in french history is a speck on the timeline.

i have been fortunate to stay there three times, twice with parents who footed the bill in the coco chanel suite, and again in the elton john suite (kind of plain in comparison to the coco chanel), the third time on my own for one night only in a normal run of the mill room with a friend i had gone to school with. i'd go back in a second had i the time and if i didnt see a problem with paying thousands to stay in a room each night i mean when i travel i use the room very little, mostly just to sleep. i cannot see much justification for that honestly.
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:31 am

E-mail me and we can chat more.

FOIE GRAS!!!!!!!! Yummyyyyyyyyy!

Lobsters cooked in cheese are lovely too.

REALLY???? BARELY 100 YEARS OLD??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thought it is at least 300 years old!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!

Feels so steeped in history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:40 am

well the building is much older, but the hotel has only been operating as such since 1910.
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:48 am

So how old is the building????? And what was it in the past????
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 7:44 am

VSLover...do your parents which to adopt an attractive, if not egomanical lawyer by chance???

Lucky you.

When I travelled with my parents (studio execs) it was for weeks and/or months at a time...we usually ended up in apartments (I wanted the five start hotels!).
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 7:55 am

Could somebody post the menu from the hotel? It won't load on my computer for whatever reason.
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 7:58 am

It won't load on my computer for whatever reason.

You need the Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free by clicking the following link: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/main.html.

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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 8:30 am

See? Sabena will help you alot with Acrobat Reader? It should need to put right click with Save Target As. Thanks!
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:13 pm

The Ritz in PAris is certainly nice, but the Bristol, Crillon, and Plaza Athenee have been more consistently pleasurable and luxurious. The Ritz seems to be trading on it's name more than living up to it on occasion, whereas the others have to work harder. My personal favorite is the Bristol. The best piano bar in Paris (too bad Louis died a few years ago, I do not know who replaced him at the piano).

BTW Does anyone know if CHez Fred's, near Place de l'Etoile is still open?
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RE: Ritz Paris

Wed Jun 16, 2004 9:13 pm

Anyone knows the answer to my question??? How old is it? And what was it before?
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Thu Jun 17, 2004 1:59 am

In 1686 the construction of the Place Vendome began under the direction of Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the architect of Versailles. A mansion is built at 15 Place Vendome, in 1705, which in turn became the home of the Duchesse de Gramont, Marshal de Lautrec and the Marquis de Villette.

In 1896 the Hotel de Gramont is purchased by Ritz Hotel Syndicate Ltd, on the initiative of Cesar Ritz. Officially opening of the Ritz Hotel was on June 1st 1898.

In 1910 the hotel was extended as far as 38 rue Cambon and 17 Place Vendome, with the Long Gallery linking Place Vendome and Rue Cambon opening in 1912 (it is 110 metre long). In 1915 the Cambon wing is used as a military hospital for the allies.

In 1918 Cesar Ritz died.

In 1930 The hotels facades are listed as national monuments and in 1934 Coco Chanel moved into the Ritz, which became her home for 30 years. In 1935 Auguste Escoffier, the founder of the Ritz kitchens died and ladies were admitted to all the Ritz bars for the first time. In 1936 "Quadrille" was filmed at the Ritz by Sacha Guitry.

In 1940 the Ritz was occupied by high ranking officials of the German government but was "liberated" by Ernest Hemingway in 1944.

In 1956 the Espadon restaurant was created by Charles Ritz and in 1957 Love in the Afternoon was made by Billy Wilder and starred Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier, at the hotel.

In 1961 Marie-Louise, widow of Cesar Ritz died and the Vendome Bar was constructed.

In 1979 the Hotel was bought by Mohamed Al Fayed and his family and a renovation programme started which lasted until 1988, when the Ritz health club, Ritz club and the Ritz Escoffier school opened.

In 1998 the Hotel celebrated it's 100th Anniversary and was named "Best Hotel in the World" by Travel & Leisure.

1999 saw the centenary of Ernest Hemingway's birth celebrated by the Hemingway Bar and the Hotel is voted "Best Hotel of the Century" by The Hideaway Report.

Hope this helps - it is from the Ritz Hotel site - paraphrased somewhat by me.







 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Thu Jun 17, 2004 6:39 am

Thanks! Very detailed. Must say this is one of the most high class if not the most high class hotel on earth.

I find the service friendly. You?

Are you allowed to bring your own wine in? Last time we ordered one
 
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RE: Ritz Paris

Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:58 pm

I nailed Paris Hilton.. Talk about lousy service

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RE: Ritz Paris

Fri Jun 18, 2004 4:32 am

Any other good restaurants at Ritz Paris?

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