Five Ritzy Experiences at the Ritz Hotel Paris
Five Ways to Enjoy the Ritz Paris without Staying There
The Ritz is a fabulous place to stay during your trip to Paris. Not staying at the Ritz? You can still enjoy the amenities that the Ritz has to offer - many at a reasonable price. Below are five ways that you can spend a few hours enjoying the famed Ritz service and plush surroundings without breaking your budget.
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1. Take a Cooking Class - The Ritz houses its own cooking school, L'Ecole Ritz Escoffier, which rigorously trains chefs from all over the world in the art of creating French cuisine. The setting is a practical gourmet's dream - elegant blue fixtures, copper pans, and the ultimate in cooking equipment. If you're not a professional chef, or planning to be one, you can still learn from the experts and impress your friends back home with a valuable French cooking skill.
The selection of hands on workshops is extensive, and all classes are in French and English. A few examples are:
Lunch Workshops - Don't have alot of free time during your trip, try a Lunch workshop from 1pm to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You'll learn how to create a simple dish (e.g., risotto and truffles), and sample it with a complementary glass of wine. The fee of 45€ can't be beat.
Saturdays at the Ritz - For cooks wanting more individualized instruction, enroll in a the 3-hour Practical Workshops on Saturdays. You'll learn step-by-step how to create a gourmet meal (sample themes include Cooking from the Burgundy Region, or Creating Sauces or Terrines). The fee is 132€.
Singles "Ritzy Rendezvous" - Single and wanting to mingle with other singles with a love of French gourmet food? Book this 3-hour course, and work together with others (class limited to 6 men and 6 women) to create an intimate dinner for 12. If you're shy, the glass of champagne you'll receive at the start of the class will help you break the ice. Fee is 90€ for cooking lessons and dinner.
2. Pick up Your Mail at the Hemingway Bar, and While You're There Have a Drink
In a tribute to its literary history, The Hemingway Bar, serves as a mailbox for aspiring authors, journalists, and poets. Use the address below, then drop in at the Hemingway Bar to pick up your correspondence. The bartender will hand your letters to you from the glass display case sitting behind the bar.
After reading your mail, order a classic cocktail from the Chief Barman, Colin Peter Field, voted Best Barman in the World, by Forbes magazine, and munch on "tapas", a tribute to Hemingway's love of Spain. Budget 25€ per drink.
15, Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris
3. Visit the Spa
Feeling a little unglamorous among the stunning Parisians, stop by the Spa at the Ritz for a pampering "pick-me-up". In 2 hours, bring out a "new you", with a La Praire diamond exfoliating scrub, fragranced body massage, and a beauty caviar treatment for the face. Finish with a glass of champagne in one of the elegant Ritz lounges. Diamonds, caviar and champagne ...you'll leave feeling like a Parisian Princess. 200€ for the Ritz express 2 hour treatment.
At the Ritz, men aren't left out of the fun. A male anti-fatique and de-stress facial treatment in the new men's spa is 95€ for 45 minutes.
4. Eat Sunday Brunch
After a Saturday night on the town, sleep-in and re-energize with Sunday brunch at the Ritz. With a "Flavor of the Worlds" theme, sample traditional French favorites as well as Italian pastas, Lebanese hummus and tabouli, Japanese sushi, and American scrambled eggs. Leave room for the decadent pastry bar, where pastry chefs will make crêpes and waffles to order, and the cheesecake is to die for!
Sunday Brunch is from 11:00am to 3:00pm. 86€/person and reservations are recommended.
5. Experience Traditional High Tea
Relax after a morning sightseeing, in the elegant Bar Vendôme, and experience the English traditional"high tea"in a Paris setting. Sip tea from expensive porcelain cups, and nibble at delectable meringues and bonbons. For history buffs, at the turn of the century, ladies of the highest rank were first seen without a male escort at tea at the Ritz. Women flocked to the Ritz to have some "girl time" without being in earshot of their husbands.
Stop by in the late afternoon ("5-ish is perfect), and toast with tea to the women's movement. Budget 10€ for tea, and 30€ for something to whet your appetite before dinner (chicken caesar salad or club sandwich).
For more information and reservations for the activities above, visit the Ritz's website.
Author: Cheryl Montgomery