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The Ritz London Hotel Review: Built in 1906 by César Ritz, The Ritz London stands proud as the bastion of grand luxury and opulence. Turn-of-the-millennium refurbishment has enabled it to live up to its name, and fortunately it is now as glitzy and ritzy (though in the best possible taste) as anyone could want. Despite its imposing lobby, reception and dining areas, the hotel is relatively small, housing a mere 131 rooms, each one individually decorated in pretty pastels and gold leaf. This may explain why the hotel has managed to maintain its excellent standards. Rooms are filled with antique furniture and fireplaces and have plush marble bathrooms. When booking online, guests can choose manicures, chocolates, champagne and massages to await their arrival. Afternoon tea in this glorious hotel is a British institution, taken in the decadent Palm Court. The Louis XIV restaurant, generally referred to simply as The Ritz Restaurant, is probably the most beautiful dining room in London; for summer meals its terrace overlooks a small, walled garden. The hotel also has a fitness center for those who cannot do without a daily workout. The property opens out onto one of London's busiest shopping districts, with the trendiest clubs and bars a stone's throw away.