Guests can visit two iconic art landmarks in Madrid and Barcelona in one trip with Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona and Hotel Ritz, Madrid. The two hotels are jointly offering a four-night From Goya to Gaudi package that provides guests with exclusive visits to Barcelona’s Casa Batlló and Madrid’s Museo del Prado, and luxurious accommodation in both cities.
Guests can experience the effervescence of Barcelona’s Ciudad Condal and visit Casa Batlló, the famous Gaudí-designed building located in front of Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, where they can admire this Modernist masterpiece in a guided tour that concludes with a glass of Cava in one of its private rooms.
In Madrid, guests will have access to Museo del Prado where they can enjoy temporary art exhibitions and the permanent collection, which includes famous pieces like The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosh, The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco and Death of the Virgin by Mantegna. Other great works on display include Las Meninas by Velázquez, The Three Graces by Rubens, and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya.
To travel smoothly and quickly from one city to the other, guests can book the AVE first class service, Spain’s high-speed train that connects the two cities in less than three hours.
4-day From Goya to Gaudí package available all year-round, priced from Euro 3,400 for two persons, and includes:
- Two-night stay at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona in a Mandarin Junior Suite
- Daily breakfast served in BistrEau restaurant for one or two persons
- Exclusive experience at Casa Batlló by Gaudí
- Transfers from/to AVE train station to/from the hotel
- Two-night stay at Hotel Ritz, Madrid in a One Bedroom Suite
- Daily breakfast served in the restaurant for one or two persons
- One ticket per person for the Prado Museum
Architect, Antoni Gaudí, undertook a radical refurbishment of a building in Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia dating from 1875 to create one of his boldest works. Gaudí’s imaginative efforts were complemented by the decorative work of the artisans who collaborated with him between 1904 and 1906. A simple glance at the building gives rise to myriad interpretations. The discs of multicoloured glazed-ceramics and broken shards of stained glass placed with precision on the building’s facade and interiors depict flowers and water lilies and play with the reflections of the sunlight. The effect is to create a vast Impressionist painting that is often seen as the rolling sea in the heart of Passeig de Gràcia.
The building housing the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect, Juan de Villanueva, in 1785. Originally named the Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures it was conceived by King Ferdinand VII encouraged by his wife, Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza. Quickly renamed the National Museum of Paintings and Sculptures it was subsequently rebranded the Museo Nacional del Prado, and opened to the public for the first time in November 1819.
For further information or reservations call Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona at + (34) 93 151 88 88 or visit www.mandarinoriental.es/barcelona or Hotel Ritz, Madrid at + (34) 91 701 67 67 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com/ritzmadrid
About Hotel Ritz, Madrid
Built in 1910, this iconic landmark hotel quickly built up a following, establishing Madrid as one of the truly great European cities. With 167 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, the
property is perfectly located in the heart of the city, overlooking the famous National Picture
Galleries the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum. The hotel is also close to the Madrid Stock Exchange, while Madrid’s museum of modern art, The Reina Sofia, is within walking distance. Its four restaurants and bars are a constant buzz of activity, and provide a lively, central gathering place for Spanish high society and international guests alike.
About Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is an exclusive hotel situated right on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia. The property has 120 rooms and suites with an exquisite and elegant interior design by Patricia Urquiola. Its carefully considered gastronomic offering currently consists of two restaurants: BistrEau restaurant with La Mesa by Ángel León and the signature restaurant Moments, providing neo-traditional Catalan cuisine under the auspices of the multi-Michelin starred chef Carme Ruscalleda. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona appeals as a meeting point for guests and local residents alike, and offers enticing spaces such as the Mimosa garden, the Terrat with exceptional panoramic views over the city and the Banker’s Bar, with its extensive cocktail menu and live music program.
About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand, the Group now operates, or has under development, 46 hotels representing 11,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 21 hotels in Asia, nine in The Americas and 16 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 16 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.