When César Ritz first opened the hotel on 24 May, 1906, it was with the intention of making it the most luxurious of all hotels. The Ritz London was the talk of the town, if not the world.
As a child I heard my grandparents talk lovingly about it – telling stories from their time at The Ritz during the Second World War, to later in their lives when they visited London from America.
One of its most prestigious early visitors was the then Prince of Wales (latterly King Edward VII), and it has long held a favoured position within the royal family, gaining a royal warrant in 2002. Anna Pavlova, the Russian prima ballerina, danced at The Ritz in 1912, and movie stars such as Chaplin considered it a home from home. It was also the backdrop to some of the most secret talks of the Second World War, held between the three Allied leaders, Churchill, Eisenhower and de Gaulle. Famously, it was the first hotel to welcome unmarried, unchaperoned women.
It conjures up images of the quintessential English experience – afternoon tea, dark-blue Rolls-Royce Phantoms, butlers and white gloves. No wonder it features in so many ‘typically English’ films and TV series such as Notting Hill and, more recently, Downton Abbey.
I had expected The Ritz London to be a rather crusty and old-fashioned experience. How wrong. From the moment I arrived through to my departure, I was cocooned and cosseted. It felt familiar, although I’d never stayed before. I was spoiled and pampered without any of the pretentiousness I had anticipated.
You need look no further for an ‘experience’. I, for one, cannot think of a better place to stay than The Ritz London.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Continental breakfast, served in the restaurant
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability and a maximum upgrade level of accommodation applies
- One-way airport transfer
- Arrival or on departure to or from Heathrow, Gatwick or City airports
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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