“When I dream of afterlife in heaven,” Ernest Hemingway once wrote in a letter to A.E. Hotchner, “the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz.”
As one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the grand interior of the Ritz Paris, which fun fact; has appeared in three Audrey Hepburn films, is no surprise. After the recent refurbishing by French architect & designer Thierry Despont, Vogue did a spread on the hotel so I thought it would be a good idea to start off my hotel interiors category with it.
The first thing I think of looking at the decor of the hotel is ‘royalty’. It makes me think of like, 18th century castles with its deep colours, the allegorical ceilings in some of the rooms, classical furniture, intricate wall designs, the tapestries and art work on the walls which perhaps is fitting, considering the facade of the hotel dates back to the 1700s.
The Imperial Suite
So I mostly posted this suite so we can all scream at the fact that the price per night ranges from €18,000 to about €25,000 like honestly I better wake up a queen or something after spending a night there. The hotel describes it as a museum for lovers of the French ‘art de vivre’ which I’d love to experience but if I had €25,000 I’d slap myself for even thinking about spending it on a hotel room.
Past habitués of the hotel include Coco Chanel who lived in the hotel for over 30 years, Hemingway [Bar Hemingway], Marcel Proust [Proust Suite, Salon Proust] and F. Scott Fitzgerald so having the prestige suites, salons and bars named after them as well as housing the first of its kind Chanel spa [Chanel au Ritz Paris] comes as no surprise.
Coco Chanel Suite
I love how true the ‘Coco Chanel Suite’ is to her mostly because of the colours. It really does make me think of Chanel and the classic cream & black decor in the stores. I also love how different it is in terms of the non-classical, modern Chinese furniture to the other rooms in the hotel.
I’m not usually a fan of a strictly all neutral look but the different tones, elements and textures makes it works so well that I’m kind of obsessed with it. Cream, brown and gold has become one of my favourite colour combinations.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Suite
This is probably my favourite suite in the hotel because of the simplicity of it in comparison to the other suites and also, the colour scheme is my favourite colours; gold, white & pink combined together. I love the femininity of it that is so elegant without making it seem somewhat pre-teen girlish. And can we talk about that chandelier?
There’s some sort of romantic feel to the hotel that weirdly makes me think of Jane Austen novels.
Restaurants & Bars
As with everyone else, I appreciate fine dining which of course, the hotel offers. I imagine myself going down the winding staircase (on a good day) or down the glass elevator and into L’espadon for a quick brunch before heading out to rue St-Honoré for some shopping. While wearing Dior of course. [Think gossip girl]
Forget the furniture for a second, I’m obsessed with the high arches, the rococo designs on the wall and the “trompe l’oeil” ceiling. I mean, look at those drapes. I love how well the two colours go together and how rich they look. And back to the furniture; the way different chairs are used per table but they blend into the room so well that it almost doesn’t register is brilliant.
Chanel au Ritz Paris
The stark difference between the 18th century decor of the hotel and the modern look of the spa is refreshing. I imagine it feels like stepping away from a different time and into the 21st century (dramatic music and all.)
Kate Moss by Tim Walker, 2012
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