The biggest of the luxury suites, the Suite Impériale, measures 218 square metres. It has views over Place Vendôme and a room that is a replica of the one at Versailles that belonged to Queen Mary Antoinette. 25,000 euros is the minimum guests will have to pay if they want to travel back to the 18th century.
Innumerable celebrities immortalised its rooms. Coco Chanel moved to one of its former suites in 1934 and lived there until her death in 1971. During World War II, she abandoned it briefly, while German soldiers were occupying it. She returned, however, preferring to live with enemy troops than to leave the legendary location. When a Nazi officer requested the room she was staying in, she went to another, in the Ritz building, which overlooks Rue Cambon. The situation became more enjoyable when she started a love affair with German baron Hans Günther von Dincklage, with whom she came to share her new home.
Ernest Hemingway spent many a night at the famous Ritz bar, which is now named after him. He also attempted to personally liberate it from the Nazis when World War II came to an end. The American writer overtook General Leclerc—commander of the Allied troops—and went armed with a submachine gun to the bar in a Jeep, accompanied by several soldiers. On his arrival, the Germans had already left on foot, so he ordered a drink to celebrate. Hemingway would feel at home today on visiting the renovated establishment. The lamp shades are new, but the original furniture remains. Its current owner, Mohamed al Fayed, chose to conserve and restore. This way, he was able to satisfy guests asking that the soul of the place not be destroyed in the process. “The new Paris Ritz is the same as ever, but in better shape,” he assured them.