A symbol of prestige and comfort, the famous hotel Ritz on the place vendôme in the French capital, was closed for renovation. It should last for two years and will cost its current owner, Egyptian billionaire Mohamed al Fayed at 140 million euros.
I must say that the hotel in which stayed many crowned heads, movie stars, where one third of the life of Coco Chanel, really needs a serious “facelift” so that, as before, to be at a proper height. Because last time the repair work was carried out here over 30 years ago.
Immediate Wake-up call for the owner of the “Ritz” became the reexamination, which recently in accordance with the new law on the development and modernization of tourist services were many of France. This document introduced a number of new criteria for awarding “stars”. Although the “Ritz” and received the maximum five stars, but here in the category “Palace” was denied. Had to respond, especially when you consider the tough competition from Asian investors who in the past two years has opened in Paris a few luxurious hotels of the highest category, such as “Shangri-La”, “Mandarin Oriental” and several others. And the local masters of hospitality of a class”Lux” are not asleep. So, famous hotels “Bristol” and “MERIS”, included in “top ten” best Paris hotels, has already seriously updated. However, there without closing. Continue reading
The answer to the traditional question about where to go for vacation, looking for a short time. I can’t remember who first said: “Biarritz”.
— Biarritz? The hotel is lovely, it’s true. But first, we’ve been before. And secondly, what is there to do in the winter?
What to do in Biarritz in the winter? These last two centuries were interested not only outsiders, but also indigenous inhabitants of the French town near the Spanish border. Of course, you know that winter on the Bay of Biscay can not be called cold and snowy. Especially this year, when Moscow snow even on new year’s eve we had to search ad type “Grandfathers-Frosts with the guarantee of absolute sobriety.” However, bad time of the incident the rain or wind from the Atlantic is able to spoil the mood in the very pretty and the resort town. Once hotels all closed for the winter the key. Continue reading