DAD.CEO is proud to interview the most important 'Travel Influencers' (Concierges) from leading 5-star hotels around the world.
Discover: Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly, Relais & Châteaux
Dimitri Ruiz, Chef Concierge, Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly, Relais & Châteaux
Président Les Clefs d'Or France (Member of Les Clefs d'Or International)
Nestled in heart of the Garden of the Château de Chantilly lies L'Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Relais & Châteaux.
DAD.CEO: Why visit Domaine Chantilly in France, and when would be the best time?
Dimitri Ruiz: France is the most visited country in the world. Near the capital of Paris, lies the charming town of Chantilly which is one of the hidden treasures of our French heritage.
L'Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly, Relais & Châteaux is strategically located in the heart of the Garden of the Château de Chantilly.
In the Château you will find the world-famous Condé Museum, which is the second largest collection of old paintings after the Louvre Museum. You will discover the works of such masters as Raphael, Poussin, Delacroix, etc.
The world-famous Condé Museum.
The Garden of the Château de Chantilly is the excellency of LE NOTRE's work before he created his renowned work at the Château de Versailles.
Everything is possible in Chantilly, such as playing polo, jumping competitions, and horse riding. It is also one of the most beautiful destinations for golfers with some of the most prestigious courses in France.
Chantilly is also known as the horse capital of the world where I can help you attend the training of racehorses in the middle of the forest.
For foodies, Chantilly is known for its world-famous Chantilly Cream which was born in its gardens.
I would highly recommend the best time to visit would undoubtedly be in spring and summer in order to fully enjoy this verdant nature which is just a short drive from or to Paris.
DAD.CEO: As a recognized leading Concierge, what is your ‘secret-talent’ that you are best known for?
Dimitri Ruiz: I am a person that guests easily trust and like due to my experience which has a way of opening doors for them no matter the request. The human aspect and sharing are what I feel is my passion which is very important for myself, especially during my interactions with them.
DAD.CEO: Which top attractions would you recommend experiencing in Chantilly?
Dimitri Ruiz: Chantilly offers 3 major *yearly events:
• The Prix Diane de Longines with gallop race, concert, and elegance contest. It is the biggest race in France.
The Prix Diane de Longines is an annual horse racing tradition in France
• The Richard Mille Art and Elegance Prize with the most beautiful models of vintage cars and prototypes in the heart of the Garden of the Castle and some exceptional rallies and activities that happen at this event.
Incredible vintage cars and prototypes can be found at the annual The Richard Mille Art and Elegance Prize.
• The Global Jumping Tour of Chantilly, is a major competition and training event before the Olympic Games for the best riders in the world.
The Global Jumping Tour of Chantilly attracts some of the best riders in the world.
DAD.CEO: Is there a local food specialty that we should try and which restaurants should not be missed?
Dimitri Ruiz: You absolutely have to try the whipped cream at the Château restaurant called La Capitainerie, famous for its majestic dinners once organized by François Vatel, steward of the Prince of Condé.
Vatel also organized large 3-day banquets for none other than King Louis XIV.
La Capitainerie is famous for hosting banquets for such historical names as King Louis XIV.
A special restaurant that is receiving great attention at the moment which should not be missed is le Le Verbois mostly due to their incredible young Chef Guillaume Guibet who has worked with Kei Kobayashi from Paris (KEI Restaurant - 3 Michelin Stars).
Many predict it’s just a matter of time until he receives his Micheline Stars.
It's a family business at Le Verbois! Chef Guillaume Guibet with his father Laurent and his mother.
DAD.CEO What are your recommendations in terms of high-end shopping and is there a local brand designer to watch out for?
Dimitri Ruiz: When it comes to luxury shopping, nothing is better than going to the fashion capital of the world in Paris. You will find all the renowned department stores such as Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, and Le Bon Marché. Houses like Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès are located in the heart of Paris on Avenue Montaigne or Rue St Honoré.
No shopping trip is complete without a visit to the DIOR flagship store on Avenue Montaigne.
Having our hotel so close to all of these fashion hot sports, I am able to offer you privileged access due to our partnership with La Vallée Village - a luxury outlet shopping experience where I can offer additionals reductions for your shopping pleasure.
DAD.CEO: What are the best reasons for choosing L'Auberge du Jeu de Paume? Any special characteristics, services, etc.?
Dimitri Ruiz: L'Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Relais & Châteaux, are abundant with elegance with discreet and subtle refinement. Each of the 92 rooms and suites, as well as the two restaurants (one is starred at the Michelin Guide), salons, and our Spa Valmont, encapsulate luxury in their perfect comfort.
Exquisite decor and pure comfort are standard at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Relais & Châteaux.
Our guests enjoy an incomparable range of leisure activities and a unique French hotel experience mixing prestige with tradition.
Our hotel offers a spa, fitness center, equestrian sports, golf; a wonderful selection for an exceptional stay.
Foodies are not forgotten with La Table du Connétable, our gourmet restaurant which is Michelin Star rated. Delicious food, beautiful decor, private lounges, chic and warm atmosphere where your stay will become an unforgettable culinary experience!
L'Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly, Relais & Châteaux is fully accessible to people of reduced mobility (3 rooms and 3 parking spaces).
ABOUT DIMITRI RUIZ
Chef Concierge, Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly, Relais & Châteaux
Président Les Clefs d'Or France
Originally from Strasbourg in the eastern part of France, I was quickly attracted to Paris, the “City of Light”, and began my hotel career in 2000 as a bellman at the Hotel Ambassador, Paris (Where Pierre Quentin, founding father of Les Clefs d’Or, officiated back in the late twenties when creating the association).
I immediately developed a love for the profession of being a Hotel Concierge and officially became a Concierge in 2005.
My first hotel opening happened in 2009 at the Renaissance Arc de Triomphe, Paris as the Assistant Chef Concierge and in 2010, I would reach a milestone in my career by being able to wear my Golden Keys with great pride.
I open a second hotel in 2011 as Premier Concierge and a team trainer at the Mandarin Oriental Paris. After a short stint in Switzerland at the Four Seasons in Geneva, in 2012, I became Chef Concierge of the Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly, Relais & Châteaux located in the heart of the Chantilly Domaine.
In 2017, I organized the French National Congress and the privatization of the Château de Chantilly as well as the Great Stables of the Domain of Chantilly for a memorable Gala. The same year, I joined the educational committee of UICH for the organization of the educational programs of the international congresses of Seoul in 2018 and Cannes in 2019 (this time as co-chairman of this committee).
In 2019, I became the new Président of Les Clefs d’Or France (anniversary of the section for their 90th anniversary) and participated in the success of the Cannes Congress in 2019 like all the members involved in this International Congress.
I have recently been elected as President of the French section for a mandate of 3 years until Spring 2022.
In 2019, I also joined the UICH Executive Committee as the representative of the International President in Paris.
In 2020, I joined the UICH Membership Committee and was an integral part of the control and vigilance of the values of the association Les Clefs d’Or.
Being part of Les Clefs d’Or is my passion and I am totally devoted to delivering the utmost satisfaction to our guests during their stay at our hotel.