The legendary pulled up to the hotel “Palace”
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.
The scope outlined in “the Ritz” of works is impressive. Almost all of the 160 rooms, including 56 spacious “suites”, will be completely renovated and Packed with the latest video and audio equipment. However, reflect the hotel’s classic style will be saved. Will be only one “Suite” – “the Imperial”. He is a replica of the bedroom of the French Queen Marie Antoinette in the Palace of Versailles and is the most expensive in “the Ritz”: 14 thousand euros per day.
According to the expert of the hotel business Georges Panayotis, Paris occupies a “special place” on the part of the good quality hotels, even compared with such cities as London and new York. According to him, the demand for luxury accommodation in the French capital, despite the crisis, more than ever before and this means that millions, now invested in a hotel renovation will pay off handsomely.
Well, what about 460 employees “Ritz”? As told by trade Union activist at Jean-Pierre Kempf, 30 people will remain in the state at the time, and the rest will receive severance pay. It will depend on the number of worked years in the hotel and in some cases can reach 60-70 thousand euros. And the entire staff warned: if, after completion of repair work someone wants to return to “the Ritz”, will willingly accept it back. Recall: the hotel was opened by the Swiss Cesar Ritsem in 1898. To do this, the architects rebuilt the aristocratic mansion. In 1976, the heirs of Cesar Ritz sold it to al Fayed.