RENDEZ-VOUS AT THE RITZ: The Ritz is now scheduled to reopen in June, changed from March 14 as initially planned following a fire that broke out on the top floor of the hotel on Jan. 19.
“The restoration works continue and promise to deliver the Ritz Paris we all hoped for. We are excited to welcoming you back to Place Vendôme at the very beginning of June,” the hotel posted on its Facebook page.
June 1 is the first date when guests can make reservations on the hotel’s Web site. Prices for a room start at $1,312. (Reservations for July 3, 4 and 5 — the first three days of Paris Couture Week — are unavailable on the hotel’s booking Web page. Prices for a room on July 6 start at $3,171.)
A spokeswoman for the Ritz Paris had no further details. It’s understood that guests who had booked for March, April or May have been offered the chance to reschedule their reservations.
The spokeswoman said the fire’s cause is still unknown.
The fire dealt a blow to the hotel’s plans to reopen on March 14 after four years of renovations that included a major revamp of its top floor rooms, including suites with terraces offering views of Paris.
There is a lot of anticipation for the reopening of the mythic, five-star hotel, owned by Egyptian business magnate Mohamed Al-Fayed.
The Ritz Paris has been shuttered since July 2012 for what is billed as the biggest refurbishment in its history, headed by architect Didier Beautemps of Paris-based Atelier COS and interior designer Thierry Despont.
Founded by Swiss hotelier Cesar Ritz in 1898, the hotel has hosted celebrities ranging from Coco Chanel to Ernest Hemingway, after whom the Bar Hemingway is named.
As first reported by WWD, Chanel plans to open its first spa named Chanel au Ritz Paris, dedicated to the brand’s skin care, in the Ritz Club.
In addition to the spa, the project involves refreshing rooms, suites, restaurants, bars, the leisure areas, the Ritz Escoffier cooking school and the hotel’s gardens.
Michelin-starred chef Nicolas Sale, who was overseeing the kitchen at the Table du Kilimandjaro and Kintessence restaurants in Courchevel in the French Alps, is to take the reins of the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant L’Espadon, with Estelle Touzet — who ascended the ranks at the crème de la crème of Parisian hotels, including Le Bristol, Hôtel Le Crillon and Le Meurice — as the hotel’s chief sommelier.