In the heart of Paris you will find the most expensive and luxurious hotel in the “city of the lights”: The Ritz Paris: Five Amazing Facts.
In 1898, hotelier Cesar Ritz in collaboration with chef Auguste Escoffier founded this stunning hotel that nowadays is ranked among the most prestigious and luxurious hotels in the world. It was one of the first hotels in Europe to provide a bathroom en suite and other features for each room.
The hotel has 159 rooms, gardens à la Française, terraces, suites with panoramic views, a cooking school, a unique Spa and L’Espadon a world-renowned restaurant.
Find out five things you didn’t know about the favorite hotel of royalty, politicians, writers, film stars and singers.
The Hotel Was a Technological Marvel
In the begging the rooms had quaint touches like maid and valet cords, it was considered very futuristic. The Ritz was the world’s first hotel with a telephone, electricity and a bathtub in each room.
An Artistic Masterpiece Was Discovered
The iconic designer Coco Chanel lived at the Ritz for 34 years. Recently Ritz had suffered renovations and an expensive painting was discovered in her suite. You can see this masterpiece called “The Sacrifice of Polyxena” by French artist Charles Le Brun in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The Hemingway Bar
This bar was named after Ernest Hemingway reportedly arrived at the hotel in a Jeep, leading a group of military men into the Ritz bar, ordering champagne for all. In this bar, you will find personal memorabilia as well as framed photos and magazine covers.
One of the hotel’s cocktail creations, the Ritz Sidecar, was once consider one of the most expensive cocktail in the world (it goes for 1,500 euros today, which is about $1,575).
There’s a Culinary School
The Ritz has a famed gastronomy school: the École Ritz Escoffier. The school was born in 1988 in honor of Auguste Escoffier, the first executive chef of the Ritz. You can learn French haute cuisine and each subject has individual classes.