The Ritz Paris is a remarkable part of history, not only Parisian but world's history. A number of facts that changed history was planned or decided at Ritz. Despite the fact of staying at an important historic palace the hotel is beautiful and glamorous – could have some modern touch, but art pieces don’t change. And the location is the best: few steps from Opera, Louvre, Madeleine and shopping areas.
The bell door was helpful and very welcoming. As we arrived he conducted us to the reception and from that time we already felt like a guest. Unlike my expectation our room took almost one hour to be ready and they said we had to wait. I expected a different reception but everyone were so friendly we didn’t mind the delay. We used that time to walk through the elegant hotel halls, including a quick look at the 300 euro menu restaurant, the charming lobby bar and the huge shops corridor on the lower floor that leaded to Rue de Cambon entrance, where the wonderful Ritz Bar is located. We had time also to visit the wonderful spa, where the marvelous swimming pool and Ivo Pitangui’s dermatologic creams were some of the attractions.
When the room was ready someone was looking for us to introduce us to the hotel. There was two ways to go to the room: the stylish stairway beside the lobby and a small elevator backward. The room was very classy and elegant and the classic furniture with calming colors took us to a timeless Paris. The bed was incredibly comfortable – I mean it – and there were some modern features like the big TV with more than a hundred channels (half of them were from Middle East), IPod dock station (unfortunately there was a strange noise and I turned it off) and useful lights controls. The small balcony with flowers with a view to the garden and the gorgeous chandelier gave the special romantic touch to the room.
The bathroom was not glamorous but had its charming like the tap with an interesting duck shape. Beside the bathtub there were two bells to call the help (male or female) – in my opinion not useful but funny. There were keys to call help beside the bed too. Pink towels, robe and slippers were ultra-comfortable and cosmetics were La Prairie.
The concierge was very patient and got us exactly the kind of restaurant we wanted and an incredible table with a panoramic view to the entire restaurant (note that was a 2 star Michelin restaurant and the reservation was made with no more than one hour in advance). Actually some of the concierges were excessively arrogant but some of them are amazing. Keep trying.
Breakfast was served at the starred and glamorous restaurant with some menu combinations or separated items, instead of buffet. It costs around 30 to 60 euros. Everything was delicious, from the breads, served warm, to crepes and omelets, although not surprising. As every guest is exclusive it was not necessary to ask a bill to be signed – they knew our room number – we just had to leave as soon as we decide.
Not to be missed is the Ritz Bar, especially when there is a DJ. The 30 euro cocktails were perfectly prepared and the fashionable ambiance was delightful.
Different from the entire stay, as uncomfortable as waiting one hour to get the room was the check out. They telephoned us and knocked on the door at noon to check if we would really leave. Of course we would not stay the whole afternoon but the plan was to leave between noon and 1 pm.
The garden view was a very good standard room.
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