Charles Ritz

Charles Ritz was born on the 11th August 1891. He was the first son of Caesar and Marie-Louise Ritz, born Beck. He was soon interested in the hotel business and followed in his father's footsteps. After Caesar Ritz's death he helped his mother cope with the numerous tasks, from management to organization. Charles Ritz became the president of the «Ritz» in Paris after his mother died.
He was in America for a while where he acquired new ideas. In contradiction to his father he rejected the thesis that the guest is always right. Charles Ritz was obviously influenced slightly by his passion for fishing, as he was a master of fly-fishing. Many wins and even the world champion title tempted him to write a book on fly-fishing.
While Charles Ritz stayed with his mother in Niederwald, people say, you could often see him practicing down below the meadows. For hours he would cast his rod again and again and nothing could disturb him. The village Niederwald found a place in his heart, and it made him happy to see how and where his father had spent his childhood.
After returning from America, Charles Ritz always wanted to make changes to the hotel business, but he never put the historical worth of the house at stake. After his mother's death he took over the management of the «Ritz» in Paris. Because of his hobby he brought many fish dishes to the new «Espadon» and his fly-fishing book introduced the guests to fishing.
Charles Ritz married Monique Ramseier who was also known in the hotel business. She became a faithful wife and was accepted by the family right away. Today she is the last representative of the Ritz dynasty. In 1976 after the death of «Charles of the Ritz», as he was named throughout the world, Monique Ritz managed the «Ritz» in Paris as member of the board of directors.

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