Joanna Gärdin
Joanna Gärdin

Cesar Ritz
Cesar Ritz was a famous Swiss hotelier who founded several famous hotels including the Hôtel Ritz in Paris and The Ritz and Carlton Hotels in London. Cesar Ritz managed to go from unpromising beginnings to the absolute top of the hotel industry, he helped transform hospitality.

Ritz introduced the concepts of discretion, comfort, hygiene, exemplary service and gastronomic excellence. Ritz started out as a waiter during his earlier years in the hotel industry but soon enough he worked his way up to becoming a manager of many high-end hotels such as Le Splendide in Paris and The Grand Hotel National in Lucerne but he is most known for his involvement in The Savoy Hotel and The Ritz Hotel in London and Hotel Ritz in Paris.

By the time he turned 19, he was known for being an exceptional server, fast on his feet and attentive to his guests. During this time, he also met famous French chef Auguste Escoffier, who became an indispensable mentor and advisor, as well as one of his best friends. He easily worked his way up within the hospitality industry not long after that.

The Ritz-Carlton company is currently in possession of 108 luxury hotels and resorts in 30 countries and territories with 29,158 rooms, in addition to 46 hotels with 8,755 rooms in the pipeline. The Ritz-Carlton was founded in 1983, when the previous owners sold the Ritz-Carlton brand name and the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The Ritz was opened in 1906, eight years after Cesar Ritz had established the Hôtel Ritz Paris.