Time Out says
Posted: Tue Nov 30 1999
If you like the idea of a world where jeans and trainers are banned and jackets must be worn by gentlemen when dining (the requirement is waived for breakfast), the Ritz is for you. Founded by hotelier extraordinaire César Ritz, the hotel is deluxe in excelsis.
The show-stopper is the ridiculously ornate, vaulted Long Gallery, an orgy of chandeliers, rococo mirrors and marble columns, but all the high-ceilinged, Louis XVI-style bedrooms have been painstakingly renovated to their former glory in restrained pastel colours. Amid the old-world luxury, mod cons include free wireless in most rooms, large TVs and a gym. An elegant afternoon tea in the Palm Court (book ahead) is the way in for interlopers.