Inside the newly reopened Ritz Paris

Following a four year renovation, the Ritz Paris has reopened its doors exactly one hundred and eighteen years plus five days after its original opening date on June 11, 1898. The iconic hotel was purchased by Eygptian business-mogul Mohamed al-Fayed from the Ritz family in 1979, before he opted to shutter it in 2012 for the first time in its history in the hope of restoring it to its former resplendent and gilded glory.

Originally a private palace, the new Ritz Paris remains faithful to its roots in traditional 18th century French décor, but has been updated with a few vital 21st century touches. Additional glass panels have been added to the ceiling of the entrance way to add more natural light, the entire plumbing and central heating systems have been replaced, and high-speed internet access has been put in place throughout. Perhaps surprisingly, the number of rooms in the hotel has actually decreased since its makeover. The total now stands at 142 instead of 159 rooms as some have been enlarged to make way for three new suites: The Mozart, Proust, and Maria Callas.

In addition to booking a night in Coco Chanel’s original suite (the famed designer live at the Ritz for over thirty years), guests of the hotel can also now enjoy access to the the world’s first Chanel spa. Titled Chanel au Ritz Paris, the spa is part of the hotel’s new health club and has seven treatment rooms which offer a range of customizable Chanel beauty-related experiences. There’s no word on what the spa technician’s uniform will be, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that it will be crafted out of some form of Chanel tweed.

Watch here the reopening movie.