Hemingway Bar Closes at the Ritz

The Hemingway Bar at the Paris Ritz closed earlier this month, as the hotel prepares for two years of renovations. The bar, which contains the author’s rifle and other memorabilia, has been a gathering place for locals, and a place of literary pilgrimage for visitors to the city.

The Ritz opened in 1898 under the direction of Swiss hotelier Cesar Ritz. It was the first Paris hotel to have electricity on all floors, and bathrooms within its rooms.

Renovations won’t greatly change the luxurious, Louis XV style, but will certainly update behind-the-scenes functions, such as air conditioning, heating and plumbing.

The renovation will close more than 100 rooms and suites, as well as L’Espadon restaurant (a Michelin two star), and the Ritz-Escoffier cooking school.

The trendy Ritz Bar has also closed; the Bar Vendôme will be open for lunch, brunch, dinner and high tea through the summer. The hotel will close July 31.