//by travel-expert José Berrocoso//
With a recently completed meticulous restoration that celebrates César Ritz’s pioneering spirit, a prestigious central location, five restaurants and bars overseen by one of Spain’s most celebrated chefs, and exceptional leisure and wellness facilities, Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid is the city’s most luxurious hotel.
2nd October 1910 witnessed the grand opening of The Ritz, Madrid. The opening ceremony of what was destined to becomg one of the Europe’s finest hotels was performed by the guests of honour, King Alfonso XIII and his Queen Victoria Eugenia, granddaughter of the English Monarch Queen Victoria.
The young King had been instrumental in this exciting new adventure, the creation of the first luxury hotel in Spain. While travelling widely throughout Europe and experiencing the standards of excellence at numerous new Palace Hotels, he was determined to modernise his own country and ensure that Madrid was a city equal to other European capitals, with a truly luxurious hotel that could accommodate visiting guests and dignitaries.
More than 100 years later, the unequalled style of hotel management and design which César Ritz originally brought to the city, has been restored and perfected for a new generation to experience at Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid. Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz and French designers Gilles & Boissier were instrumental in the restoration of the hotel, maintaining the hotel’s unique character, encapsulated in the Belle-Époque style of the original building.
Located within the Golden Triangle of Art, an area defined by the most important museums in the city (the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art), Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid’s 100 rooms and 53 suites are among the finest in Spain. Each of the 100 rooms offer city views and a sophisticated ambience and the average size of all rooms and suites was increased during the hotel’s recent renovation. Ranging in size from 29-49sqm, the Superior, Deluxe and Mandarin rooms offer an abundance of space.
Rooms have been designed to be modern yet functional, with elegant furnishings such as four-poster canopy beds and leather chairs, coffee-coloured wood floors and white moulding on the floors and ceilings. Each room offers a state-of-the-art in-room entertainment system and high speed WiFi connectivity.
The bathrooms are equally as luxurious, with Dolomite style panelling, fine mouldings and a marble Emperor’s floor. Divided into zoned areas, the bathrooms feature large bathtubs, a rain shower and twin washbasins. Accessible rooms, twin rooms and connecting bedrooms are all available.
The re-opening of Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid has quickly established the iconic hotel as one of Spain’s most innovative dining destinations. With renowned chef Quique Dacosta at the helm, the hotel’s five restaurants and bars, each with their own character, include Deessa, the signature fine dining restaurant located in the magnificent Alfonso XIII room, Palm Court, serving relaxed all-day dining and traditional Afternoon Tea, cocktails in the Ritz bar Pictura, champagne and tapas in the Champagne Bar, and al fresco drinks and dining in El Jardín del Ritz.
Celebrated chef Quique Dacosta brings his unique culinary talent to Madrid at its signature restaurant. Located in the stunning surroundings of the Alfonso XIII room and overlooking the Ritz Garden, the perfect setting for Dacosta’s cuisine, which knows no boundaries when it comes to taste. Dacosta, who has previously been awarded a total of five Michelin-stars for his restaurants, is widely regarded as one of the leading lights in contemporary Spanish cuisine oversees all of the hotel’s culinary operations.
Underneath a stunning crystal canopy ceiling, Palm Court offers an elegant setting for refined all-day dining and Afternoon Tea. As a meeting point for guests and visitors to the hotel, Palm Court serves continental breakfasts, light lunch plates, and classic dishes using seasonal and local produce, all with a signature Quique Dacosta touch.
As an homage to César Ritz and his custom of enjoying Afternoon Tea in Madrid, Palm Court provides the backdrop for the hotel’s famed Traditional Afternoon Tea.
With a stylish, sophisticated design, the Ritz bar occupies the elegant space previously known as Goya Restaurant. With a bar counter backed by a museum-inspired mural depicting Spanish artisans, it is one of the city’s most vibrant nightspots. This sophisticated, contemporary venue serving a unique selection of spirits and classic cocktails, is the place to unwind in style.
El Jardín del Ritz
Open during the balmy summer months, El Jardín del Ritz is the most exclusive alfresco venue in Madrid. Serving creative cocktails and soft drinks alongside a signature amuse- bouche tapas menu designed by Quique Dacosta, it has its own outdoor bar in a chic yet relaxed seating.
AN URBAN SANCTUARY
Whether you’re looking to work out, unwind or balance your mind, body and spirit, the Fitness & Wellness facilities at Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid can help you on your journey. An urban sanctuary in the heart of the city, our facilities include a dedicated treatment room, an indoor swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. In the serene surroundings of the treatment room, guests can enjoy an array of bespoke holistic therapies, designed by The Beauty Concept to leave the mind, body and soul in perfect harmony.< Back