The iconic Hotel Ritz, Madrid is set to open this summer as Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid following the most extensive restoration in its 110-year history.
The hotel, which was designed and built under the supervision of legendary hotelier Cesar Ritz, first opened its doors in 1910. The restoration will enhance the hotel’s facilities and services, while maintaining its unique character, encapsulated in the Belle Epoque style of the original building. The re-design of the public spaces has focused on restoring the hotel’s interior architectural features, while incorporating a number of artistic pieces from the property’s collection, including crystal chandeliers, antique paintings and sculptures.
“We are proud and excited to be opening Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid this summer, our second hotel in Spain. The meticulous restoration is designed to ensure that this legendary property is once again recognized as one of Europe’s greatest hotels,” said James Riley, group chief executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, in a statement. “We are confident that the local community will be even more proud of this historic landmark, and we look forward to providing our guests with memorable experiences, in majestic surroundings, all underpinned by Mandarin Oriental’s exceptional service.”
The newly renovated 153 guestsrooms, that include 53 suites, will feature a classic but contemporary residential style. Within the suite inventory, there are several speciality suites, featuring design elements inspired by the hotel’s historic connections to the city, Spanish culture and art. A spacious Royal Suite and the Presidential Suite feature views over the Prado museum. Located in the top floor turrets are two new suites, each with private balconies and views over the Prado Museum and Lealtad Square.
Chef Quique Dacosta, one of the most celebrated chefs in Spain, has been appointed to design, develop and oversee all culinary operations at the hotel’s five restaurants and bars.
“I am very excited to work on the culinary offering of Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid to provide unique gastronomic experiences across all restaurants, bars and banquet facilities,” said Quique Dacosta, in a statement.
The award-winning chef is renowned for the three Michelin starred restaurant, Denia, in Alicante, and the two Michelin starred El Poblet restaurant in Valencia. At Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid, a signature Quique Dacosta restaurant, overlooking the famous hotel garden, is set to be a destination in its own right. All day dining and traditional afternoon tea will be served in the surroundings of The Palm Court, under a glass canopy ceiling that formed an integral part of the original building but had been lost for 80 years and will be reconstructed. Guests will also be able to dine in the Ritz Garden or the Ritz Bar. Finally, the Champagne Bar will offer an ever-changing selection of exclusive champagnes paired with a signature tapas menu.
“We look forward to welcoming Quique Dacosta to Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid. His desire to deliver more than a culinary experience, with his sense of creativity and his unique character, matches perfectly our mission to delight and satisfy our guests,” said Gerard Sintes, general manager of Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid, in a statement.
The hotel’s new leisure and wellness facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, a vitality pool, experience showers, a steam room, and a fitness center. A dedicated treatment room has been designed as a hidden sanctuary, providing a range of exclusive local and signature beauty and massage treatments.
For more information, go to mandarinoriental.com/madrid/hotel-ritz/luxury-hotel. Additional insight on Ritz properties can be found here and here.