Top 10 Hotels in France
This legendary luxury hotel raises the bar for indulgence, elegance and incomparable high style.
Coco Chanel lived here. Ernest Hemingway wrote (and drank) here. And following an exquisite, three-year, $450 million makeover, this sophisticated icon continues to reign as the queen of Paris hotels. Swiss hotelier César Ritz opened this grand property in 1898 and operated it under the philosophy of anticipating, meeting and exceeding his guests' desires. With its latest incarnation, the hotel makes good on this promise at every turn. Guest rooms and suites are as opulent as ever, although the colors have been muted, giving the spaces a fresh, light-saturated atmosphere. Prestige Suites are the most decadent, named after the hotel's illustrious past guests, including Marcel Proust, Maria Callas and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Dining has long been a Ritz highlight, and guests will savor the refined French menu from chef Nicolas Sale at signature restaurant L'Espadon. Ritz devotees will find familiar delights at Bar Vendôme (with its conservatory setting and brasserie cuisine), Ritz Bar (a favorite for breakfast and nightcaps), Bar Hemingway (perfect for a cocktail in the spirit of Papa), and Salon Proust (for afternoon tea). Yet another way to enjoy the hotel's culinary traditions is with a class at the world-renowned L'Ecole Ritz Escoffier. Among the notable features at Ritz Club Paris are personalized fitness programs and a stunning mosaic swimming pool. Grand Siècle and neoclassic style adorn the event spaces, making for a memorable conference, social gathering or wedding. A CHANEL spa is scheduled to open on-site soon.