Strand, London WC2R 0EZ, United Kingdom
15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France
150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, United Kingdom
Plaza de la Lealtad, 5, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Ritz was educated at the Jesuit college at Sion, which he entered at the age of twelve. But three years later he left the establishment to be apprenticed as a sommelier at a hotel in Brig. After being dismissed as having no future in the hotel business, Cesar returned to the Jesuits as a sacristan. His time with Jesuits was brief as he left to seek his fortune in Paris.
During 1870 - 1871 Ritz held several positions in the hotel business, rising from a waiter and general factotum into a maître d'hôtel, manager, and eventually hotelier, working at the Hotel de la Fidélité, a restaurant on the corner of Rue Royale and Rue Saint-Honore and the high-class Restaurant Voisin.
In 1872, Ritz became floor waiter of most lavish hotels in Europe, the Hôtel Splendide in Paris.
In 1873 he was a waiter in Vienna at the time of the International Exhibition. In the winter of the same year Ritz undertook the direction of the restaurant at the Grand Hôtel in Nice.
From 1877 to 1887, Ritz managed the luxurious Grand Hotel National in Lucerne, Switzerland. At the same time he was also general manager of the Grand Hotel in Monte Carlo until 1888.
In 1887 Ritz bought the Hotel de Provence in Cannes and the Restaurant de la Conversation and Minerva Hotel in Baden-Baden. A year later he opened the Conservations Haus restaurant with the great chef Auguste Escoffier in Baden-Baden. In 1889 the two men were invited to London and became the first manager and chef of the Savoy Hotel, until 1897.
By the late 1890s Cesar purchased a mansion in Paris, which in 1898 became the Ritz Hotel. In 1905 the Ritz Hotel was opened in London and in 1906 – in Madrid. By this time, Ritz had a controlling interest in nine other restaurants and hotels including the Carlton in London.
In June 1902, Ritz suffered a nervous collapse. Although he took some part in planning the London Ritz, opened in 1905, he was never able to return to managing the business.
Ritz was married to Marie-Louise Beck Ritz. They had two sons.