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The Ritz London’s design style is over-the-top opulence. Enter the marble-filled Long Gallery (the main floor of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel) and you’ll find grand Louis XVI-style décor as you walk through the cream stone archways rimmed with gold. Maroon upholstered light wood chairs and navy sofas surround marble-topped gold tables to give you spots to congregate. Gold sconces with mini lampshades emit a soft glow, as do the lamps with red shades lined with gold fringe. As you can probably tell, there’s a lot of gold in this Belle Époque look.
You’ll see even more of the color in The Ritz Restaurant, one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. Not one surface goes unadorned: Gold chandeliers and gilded bronze garland circle a painted-sky ceiling with puffy clouds. Square mirrored panels cover one wall, stone columns have gold sconces and floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Green Park.
The guest rooms echo this aesthetic. The white rooms have Louis XVI-influenced décor with accents of peach, pink, muted teal and a lot of gold. Our room had a mauve marble fireplace. The window’s elegant thick cream drapes with pink and blue flowers and tasseled edges match the floral bedspread. All of the lighting, from the tulip-shaped bedside lamp to the lampshade sconces, is gold as well.
The only departure from the decadent Louis XVI design style at the London hotel is the art-deco-influenced Rivoli Bar, which opened in 1906 but was redone by British designer Tessa Kennedy in 2001. A Murano glass chandelier hangs from each of the five gilded ceiling domes. Dark burr camphor wood walls with gold horizontal stripes hold framed metallic art and flower-like glass sconces. Take a seat in one of the leopard-print chairs at the square cream tables, or order from the onyx marble bar.