Coming up in the epicenter of Madrid’s art zone is a new avatar of a legend that is a clear tribute to the “king of hoteliers and hotelier to kings”, César Ritz. The 110-year-old Ritz, Madrid has been renovated and will reopen this summer as Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid. The hotel will be situated in the Golden Triangle of Art, neighbouring the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art. The property was built more than a century ago under the supervision of Mr. Ritz and has hosted royalty, politicians, celebrities and other high profile personnel. The restoration was done by Spanish architect Raphael de La-Hoz and French designers Gilles and Bossier have done the interiors. The originality of the hotel is preserved, keeping its initial belle epoque style in place – a French (specifically Paris) style of architecture that became popular between 1871 and the first world war in 1914 – a concoction of different styles including neo-Byzantine, neo-Gothic, classicism, art nouveau and art deco. The updated version will have 153 rooms that include 53 suites – A Royal Suite and Presidential Suite as part of the package. The designs are all inspired by Spanish culture and art.
Five restaurants and bars will be available for patrons, who will get to enjoy great views of the neighbourhood as they enjoy menus curated by one of Spain’s most renowned chefs, Quique Dacosta. All-Day dining at the Palm Court, Ritz Garden, Ritz Bar and the Champagne Bar are venues to look out for. As well as these, other facilities at this property will be a heated indoor swimming pool, a vitality pool, experience showers, a steam room, and a fitness center.