THE RITZ LONDON'S QUALITY IS RECOGNISED IN THE CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER READERS' TRAVEL AWARDS 2013
We are pleased to announce that the readership of Condé Nast Traveller voted The Ritz London as one of the top 10 "UK Business Hotels" in the Readers' Travel Awards 2013.
Readers of the American edition of the magazine voted The Ritz London as one of the "Top 35 Hotels in the United Kingdom" in the Readers' Choice Awards 2013.
The Ritz London is honoured to receive this recognition from the experienced and discerning readers of these bellwether luxury travel publications.
KING OF CONCIERGES, AND CONCIERGE TO KINGS
The Ritz London's distinguished Head Concierge is celebrated by his peers and awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society of The Golden Keys.
Michael De Cozar's first day of work at The Ritz London was on 30th July 1973, when he was employed as a Page Boy to run errands for the guests of the day. Through his commitment and hard work supplemented by his charm and wit, at the age of twenty Michael was promoted to the role of Junior Concierge and four years thereafter he became London's youngest ever Head Concierge.
For 32 years Michael has held the Head Concierge position and he has grown to epitomise everything that a hotel Concierge should be. Always immaculately presented with every button of his dapper uniform polished to perfection and his shoes shimmering under the house lights, guests crossing the threshold of this iconic hotel or those slipping out into the streets beyond will no doubt have had their outlook improved immeasurably following a lively exchange of pleasantries or a spot of banter with Michael.
Known for his winning smile, endless charm, quick wit and exceptional manners, Michael ensures that every guest of The Ritz experiences a personal touch delivered with panache and aplomb. Of course, no concierge is 'worth their salt' without being able to make dreams come true and whilst gaining a seat at the hottest table in town or getting the best tickets to a sold out show is all in a day's work for Michael, he will always go the extra mile and in the past has, at a guest's request, managed to fetch fresh seawater from Brighton for their evening bath and even arranged the buying of a battleship for another guest who wanted a souvenir of distinction from the United Kingdom.
With Michael's father having worked in Room Service at The Ritz London before him and his brother Luis still employed as Head Luggage Porter after 27 years of service, the contribution of the De Cozar Family is written on many pages of prestigious history at this most iconic of London hotels.
THE RITZ LONDON PROVIDES 'A VERY BRITISH CHRISTMAS' IN ASSOCIATION WITH HIGHGROVE AND CLARENCE HOUSE
Inspired by the beautiful gardens of Highgrove - the family home of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall - each year a stunning collection of Christmas gifts are placed on show at Clarence House for an invitation-only evening of festive shopping. This year, The Ritz London has partnered with Highgrove and has been granted exclusive access to Clarence House to host an evening preview for their guests, as part of as part of a sumptuous accommodation programme.
The 'Very British Christmas' Package offers guests two nights' accommodation amidst the elegance and blissful comfort of The Ritz. Guests will also enjoy dinner in the splendid surroundings of The Ritz Restaurant featuring a special menu showcasing the exceptional talent of Executive Chef John Williams MBE, as well as full English breakfast on each morning of stay, which guests are welcome to enjoy in the Ritz Restaurant or within the comfort of their room.
On Monday 11th November guests will be transported from The Ritz to Clarence House, and upon their arrival they will be welcomed through the main entrance into The Garden Room and offered a glass of Highgrove Champagne to be enjoyed within the House's beautiful surroundings. Guests will then be afforded a tour of the ground floor of Clarence House and will have an exclusive viewing of the private salons, which are seldom open to the public. Following this wonderful experience, guests will be escorted to the magical festive wonderland that is the Highgrove Christmas Shop for the opportunity to purchase everything they need to contribute towards a British Christmas with style and panache. Following proceedings at Clarence House, guests will return to The Ritz to unwind with a private Champagne and canapé reception before spending the remainder of their stay at their leisure.
The 'Very British Christmas' Package is priced from £1,580 per room. This package is available to guests arriving on Sunday 10th November 2013 and includes:
- Two nights' accommodation in an opulent Louis XVI-inspired guestroom
- English Breakfast each morning
- A three course dinner in The Ritz Restaurant on Sunday 9th November
- Transfers to and from Clarence House
- A personal invitation to an exclusive Highgrove Christmas shopping and Champagne experience at Clarence House on Monday 11th November 2013
- Champagne and canapé reception upon your return to The Ritz
- A unique Highgrove commemorative gift
- Value Added Tax