The Ritz, legendary landmark of Madrid, is perfectly located in the heart of the city, overlooking the famous National Picture Galleries the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum and next to the Madrid Stock Exchange, La Bolsa. The Reina Sofia, Madrid’s museum of modern art is in walking distance.
Its unrivalled position is the perfect starting point for visiting business clients, as the hotel finds itself at the entrance to the Castellana, a beautiful, wide boulevard and the most important thoroughfare of Madrid, home of head quarters of national and international banks, financial institutions, renowned law firms, auditors, companies, insurance’s, etc.
On entering the circular shaped lobby of the hotel, guests enter a different world, the world of a genuine Ritz Hotel as conceived by Cesar Ritz. In keeping with the impressive facade, the lobby welcomes the visitor with an air of discrete elegance, refinement and style, but at the same time conveys warmth and tranquillity, a heaven of peace protected from the outside world.
The area which is now the lounge used to be known as the Winter Garden. Nowadays the lower and upper lounge with its elegant and comfortable seating areas, its soft colours and warm lights, valuable antique clocks, a superb Luis XV chest, magnificent Chinese vases and the graceful sculpture of Goddess Diana, is the nerve – centre of the hotel.
There are 137 rooms and 30 suites distributed over 6 floors, each one a perfectly conceived retreat, elegant, stylish and comfortable with fine furnishings and luxurious fabrics. Many of the rooms overlook the famous Prado Museum, the Garden or are facing the Neptune Fountain or the Plaza de la Lealtad with the monument commemorating the uprising on the 2nd May 1808. All rooms are different, all individually designed and the subtle colours of the hand crafted carpets from the legendary Spanish carpet manufacturer, the Real Fábrica de Tapices, in each room, determine the shades of wall coverings and fabrics used.
Naturally all rooms are perfectly equipped to suit today’s expectations of the most discriminating international traveller. Minibar, Television and Safe are present, but discretely tucked away in attractive closets. The large, white marble bathrooms with brass taps often have natural daylight and many offer separate showers. In the suites, Acqua di Parma or Penhaligon’s bathroom amenities delight the guests with their classic fragrance.
Guest laundry bags are not plastic but of pristine white piquet cloth embroidered with the number of each room and clean laundry is returned to the guests in wicker baskets. There is a Ritz umbrella in every room, as well as a fine leather clothes brush and shoe horn.
The height of elegance is naturally to be found in the superb accommodation of the Royal Suite which delights its occupants with the most perfect view overlooking the Prado Museum and the San Jerónimo Church.
The Suite includes a reception area, two majestic living rooms, two spacious bed rooms, with a king size or twin bed, and three bathrooms. One of the largest and most stunning of all the original hand crafted carpets in the hotel can be found here. Walls are lined with silk damask, high ceilings are complimented by cornices adorned with gold leaf, there are marble fire places, exquisite drapes dress windows and beds, and crystal chandeliers glisten and original woodwork is delicately painted in Florentine Style. Valuable antique furniture, paintings and engravings, French clocks and Chinese vases from the 18th century, soft lights, sparkling mirrors and huge bouquets of fresh flowers complete the picture of perfection.
Enjoy the privilege of escaping from the heat of Madrid streets in summer into the cool, fresh oasis which is the Ritz Garden, a rare luxury in the middle of a bustling town. The Ritz Gardens, a magic place, where guests can enjoy a cool drink or a light meal among fountains and ponds, flowering plants, vine covered pergolas and under the leafy shade of exotic trees which were planted over 50 years ago and originated from the nearby Botanical Gardens. For those guests who have botanical interest, each tree has a small brass plaque indicating its name.