The Hotel on Place Vendôme

The Hotel on Place Vendôme

Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris

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Goes behind the doors of Paris's Hotel Ritz during the Nazi occupation of World War II, revealing illicit affairs, deadly intrigues, acts of defiance and treachery, and the people and events that made this cultural landmark legendary.


Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz—a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance—from Tilar J. Mazzeo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot and The Secret of Chanel No. 5

When France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the legendary Hôtel Ritz on the Place Vendôme—an icon of Paris frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, playboys, and princes—was the only luxury hotel of its kind allowed in the occupied city by order of Adolf Hitler.

Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in fin de siècle Paris. At its center, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is an extraordinary chronicle of life at the Ritz during wartime, when the Hôtel was simultaneously headquarters to the highest-ranking German officers, such as Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring, and home to exclusive patrons, including Coco Chanel. Mazzeo takes us into the grand palace’s suites, bars, dining rooms, and wine cellars, revealing a hotbed of illicit affairs and deadly intrigue, as well as stunning acts of defiance and treachery.

Rich in detail, illustrated with black-and-white photos, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is a remarkable look at this extraordinary crucible where the future of post-war France—and all of post-war Europe—was transformed. 

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Taking readers behind the doors of Paris's Hotel Ritz during the Nazi occupation of World War II, this extraordinary chronicle reveals a hotbed of illicit affairs, deadly intrigues, courageous acts of defiance and treachery and the people and events that made this opulent cultural landmark legendary. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Description: xxii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780061791086
Branch Call Number: 944.36108 Maz
Additional Contributors: Mazzeo, Tilar J. Hotel on Place Vendôme


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LoganLib_Adults Apr 18, 2016

Very interesting look at a Parisian icon, and the goings on there during WWII. Read about the antics, relationships and intrigues of Hemingway, Chanel, Dietrich and more.

Jul 14, 2015

Very interesting look at a Parisian icon, and the goings on there during WWII. Read about the antics, relationships and intrigues of Hemingway, Chanel, Dietrich and more.

Jun 08, 2015

The Hotel Ritz in Paris has been a cultural touchstone since it opened in 1898. Mazzeo focuses on the 1940s during the German occupation and its aftermath. The hotel housed German officers, French collaborators, international celebrities who refused to leave France, and staff who actively worked for the resistance. The most interesting section is the aftermath of the German retreat when the French public wreaked its vengeance on the collaborators. As one of the author's interviews stated, "After the war, everyone wanted to believe that they had supported it. It is a collective French national fantasy." You'll never think about many famous names in the same manner after reading this book.

Oct 11, 2014

More interesting than I thought it would be but dry in spots. it provides a more vivid account of the occupation of Paris and its liberation by focusing on the Ritz Hotel. I learned much more than I knew before as a result but did not have much sympathy for those who continued to live a life of luxury while others suffered so much..

FlemingGamb Jul 27, 2014

An intriguing look at a piece of history through the eyes of European history rather than American history. At first I was concerned that it was a little "People" magazine as the author recounts some of the antics of colorful and flamboyant german high ranking officials, starlets, journalists, photographers and socialites. Then the gems of history often not taught here were revealed. The secret plots, the espionage at the bar and the political climate of the French pre and post WWII are told in a manner that just grips and leaves one shaking their head in disbelief. Great summer read!


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May 20, 2015

An excellent history of the Hotel Ritz in Paris, and all that occurred from Marcel Proust at the turn of the 19th Century through WW I and WW Ii through to the present. Especially great coverage of celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel and Marlene Dietrich.

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