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The Ritz London’s over-the-top, in-your-face luxury makes it different from other hotels. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel doesn’t do subtle, from the opulent cream public spaces with marble-topped gold tables and grand archways bordered in gold to the guest rooms with Louis XVI-style décor that also has — no surprise here — gold accents throughout. The Ritz Restaurant is heralded by locals as one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city, with gold chandeliers circling the painted-sky ceiling and white-clothed tables underneath.
Of course, this kind of lavish décor exudes a certain reserved air. The London hotel is formal. Men don jackets and women wear dresses or slacks for afternoon tea in Palm Court and The Ritz Restaurant (though denim is permitted at the art-deco-influenced Rivoli Bar, one of the few spots in the luxury hotel that doesn’t shine with gold).
The best example of excess is The Ritz Club. The exclusive underground casino is solely for gambling guests of the hotel and members. Play blackjack, roulette, three-card poker and more in the casino while waitresses in long black dresses serve you cocktails. Or, take your drink in the adjacent lounge. The casino’s fine-dining restaurant keeps a Chinese chef, French chef and more at the ready so that your every culinary craving is sated. This hidden casino enclave looks like Versailles — it hits you with sumptuous, velvety fabrics; crystal chandeliers; stunning gilded ceilings; and detailed frescoed walls.