While France’s iconic Ritz Paris is closed for renovations for two years, the famed hotel on the Place Vendôme is offering a sneak preview of the new decor online through its brand new website at ritzparis.com.

Admirers of Ritz Paris can catch a glimpse of the Imperial Suite, the luxurious indoor pool at the spa, and the Michelin-starred L’Espadon restaurant through colorful sketches by illustrator Damien Cuypers. A video takes the website’s visitors behind the scenes of the renovation, presenting a few previously unseen images.

In addition, the new website allows the Ritz to present its legendary history, describing how Coco Chanel took up residence at the hotel in the 1930s, how Ernest Hemingway “liberated” the hotel bar in 1944, and how legendary French chef Auguste Escoffier was present from the Ritz’s founding in 1898.

The two-year renovation covers everything from the hotel’s rooms and suites to its manicured gardens and gourmet dining facilities. Ritz Paris is scheduled to reopen in 2014.

Ritz Paris Showcases Sneak Preview of Remodel