Celebrate the Ritz Paris Grand Re-Opening with Fascinating Facts – Past and Present!

                                                                                                                                            Photo courtesy of T Magazine

The Ritz Paris Hotel was once criticized by Oscar Wilde for being too modern - he claimed the elevators ran too fast and stated “Who wants an immovable washing basin in one’s room? I do not. Hide the thing.  I prefer to ring for water when I need it.” Times have sure changed, and after a 3 year $227 million dollar renovation the iconic hotel is set to re-open with a brand new fitness center and upgraded luxury suites.

In honor of the re-opening, and to remind us of the hotel’s glitzy past, the New York Times Style Magazine has put together a list of fascinating facts about the famous 142-room hotel, past and present.

We weren’t at all surprised to learn that Americans are the most frequent guests, or to be reminded that Coco Chanel called the Ritz home for 37 years, but some of the other stats shocked us!

Here’s to another 117 years Ritz Paris – we can’t wait to see what happens there next!

UPDATE: With only two months to go until their grand re-opening, and reservations piling in, the Ritz Paris suffered a setback the morning of January 19th when a fire started on the seventh floor. Fire investigators have not yet determined a cause for the fire and say the damage is limited to the roof and two suites. Travellers are still able to make reservations online for the opening date, let’s hope the hotel rebounds fast!