$200 million later, the Ritz Paris is finally set to reopen


The Ritz in Paris is one of the ritziest hotels in the world, and now, to the delight of one percenters everywhere, it’s set to reopen in Spring 2016.

The hotel closed in August 2012 for an extensive, $200 million renovation, but those dark days are almost at an end because it is now accepting reservations for later this year. The newly-updated hotel will have 142 rooms and suites, and prices for rooms start at $1,100 per night.

The hotel will have a cooking school and a restaurant, and the famous Bar Hemingway will also be reopening (so-named because the author used to hang out there and supposedly liberated the bar from the Nazis after WWII– whatever that means). The bartender, Colin Field, is often called “the best bartender in the world” and for $1,500, he will whip you up the most expensive drink on the menu, the Ritz Sidecar, which features 1850’s champagne and 1940’s cognac.


The hotel has always been a favorite haunt for celebrities, like Coco Chanel, who lived there for 37 years (the hotel’s new spa is named after her), and in a nod to these high-profile guests, the hotel has installed a 128-foot tunnel to the garage so that the more camera shy celebrities can scuttle directly to their cars without being photographed.

Check out this video on Forbes about the renovations for more info and a peek into what the hotel will look like.