While the Hotel Ritz in Madrid is a "Grand Hotel" in the old school sense, there is nothing stiff or old fashioned about the friendly, efficient service, the technology available, or the wonderful food you will eat. I can't imagine a better location in Madrid! It is steps away from the Prado, the Theissen, countless sites of interest, and a few glorious parks. If you like to walk, it is also near the beautiful Madrid train station, where side trips to Toledo and El Escorial are only an hour away!! The public spaces are so elegant and refined that I half expected Edward VII to walk in with his latest mistress! The food is also top notch...In the lobby "Terrace" you can eat splendid food, in opulent surroundings, in your jeans and sneakers. Restaurant Goya is very romantic and listed as one of the finest restaurants in Madrid with good reason. Room service is a pleasure. We used and enjoyed it every day for breakfast and the occassional dinner when we were exhausted. As you would expect, food arrives in your room in minutes, on silver platters accompanied by fresh flowers. We had a suite in one of the round towers which overlooked the Prado and a small park...very pretty view! Our room was VERY SPACIOUS, but not quite as comfortable as a room in a modern hotel. The shower was extemely small even for me (I am 5 feet tall!) and the room decor was a bit dreary, even though it was immaculate. Unlike the Gritti Palace and other historic hotels, room "antiques" look like repros and are a bit disappointing. It took us a day to get "into" the place because we arrived after staying in the stylish Hotel Arts in Barcelona. Once we adjusted, however, we really had a great time! The staff and service is outstanding! We stopped by the Palace Hotel across the street to check it out and we prefer the Ritz because it has a more authentic Grand Hotel ambiance. The Ritz is very pricey, but you are getting a bit of history with your stay. If you don't mind a few minor inconveniences, it is a memorable experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the best area of Madrid, facing the Prado and the Thyssen Museum, Hotel Ritz, Madrid is a legendary 104 years old Grande Dame from Europe. The standard of its service and unrivaled prestige have earned it a place among the world's best hotels. Immaculately presented rooms and suites, and elegant dining in our restaurants and our beautiful al fresco garden terrace in summer, make Hotel Ritz the perfect place to stay in Madrid. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz Madrid
- Madrid Ritz-Carlton