Ritz Paris Set to Close July 31 for Massive Renovations

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The iconic Ritz Paris hotel is set to close later this month for two years of massive renovations to update the more than century-old hotel.

The renovation will be the first since 1979, when owner Mohamed al-Fayed added 250 million euros worth of updates.

During the renovation, the rooms and suites, spa, restaurants and cooking school will all be updated. The price tag for the project is expected to come in at around 200 million euros. Interior designer Thierry W. Despont is at the helm of the remodeling.

One point of concern for many frequent guests was any changes that might come to the famed Hemingway Bar, named after the legendary author. Hotel officials have assured patrons that the spirit of the bar will remain unchanged. The objective of the project is simply to restore the Ritz to the height of luxury in Paris.

Ritz Paris is scheduled to close its doors on July 31.

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