In 1910, the chandeliers at the Ritz Madrid went on and have not been switched off since, even throughout the Spanish Civil War. Opening back then as Madrid’s aristocratic hotel, it continues over a century later as a historic landmark but now as the Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid – to provide top-notch luxury for those with a penchant for the opulent.
The Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid offers a real taste of history at the epicentre of the Spanish capital – belle époque period features, sumptuous carpets (made by the same people who weave for the Royal Palace), an elegant spiral staircase that presents residents into the palatial foyer and an all-day grand pianist in the lobby lounge – you get the picture.
Our lavish suite on the 4th floor continues the theme, complete with marble bathrooms and plush monogrammed towels. In fact, all rooms have been contemporised following a big (big!) budget renovation but tastefully matching new and old, some very modern, and others more in keeping with the heritage theme. Ours was somewhere in between, but we loved that our bay windows framed the Prado Museum. Just to ensure the utmost grandeur, antiques were peppered throughout the room. A bowl of deliciously sweet Spanish oranges was delivered daily, as well as a generous helping of the hotel’s signature cake – everything came tied in branded ribbon … amenities to write home about.
We absolutely adored the property’s beautiful oasis garden (we spent hours in it) the perfect place for an early-evening gin and tonic, a much-loved facility that should itself really carry a historic preservation order.
Also, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant presents artistic Spanish cuisine that is a masterpiece of gastronomy, all set in a fabulous dining room, with excellent silver service to match.
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While you’re Out There
Culture vultures rejoice. The exquisite Museo Nacional del Prado is literally right next door. If you’ve seen all you can of it, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum isn’t far either. When the weather’s glorious (it usually is) and you want to be outdoors, Madrid’s gorgeous green space, the Parque el Retiro is also close by.