Formerly known as the Hotel Ritz, Madrid, this 110-year-old hotel is seeing its most extensive restoration in history. 

This summer 2020 will see one of Madrid’s most iconic hotels reopen with not just a refreshed look but also a new name – the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid. It has a storied history as the Hotel Ritz, Madrid, opened by celebrated hotelier Cesar Ritz back in 1910. The original building has a Belle Epoque style which will be maintained, alongside the hotel’s original interior architectural features. In the meantime, what are being refreshed include the facilities and services as well as the interior design. 

Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid

For this, French designers Gilles & Boissier have been appointed to carry out the work. The 153 guestrooms and 53 suites will be updated with a sophisticated new design: classic yet with a contemporary residential style. Some suites have been given special treatment with unique design elements inspired by the hotel’s historical connections to the city, culture, and art. 

The star of the show here is the Royal Suite and Presidential Suite, both overlooking the Prado Museum. On the top floor turrets are also two brand new suites that come with private balconies boasting views of the Prado Museum and Lealtad Square. 

It’s not just the rooms that have gotten a refresher. The in-house restaurants and bars are also undergoing a redesign too, with Chef Quique Dacosta (of three-Michelin-starred restaurant Denia and two-Michelin-starred restaurant El Poblet) undertaking the task of overseeing all culinary operations at the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid’s five dining outlets. 

Expect a Quique Dacosta restaurant overlooking the hotel garden, afternoon tea by The Palm Court under a glass canopy ceiling, and dine in the Ritz Garden after some drinks at the Ritz Bar. There will also be a Champagne Bar offering a selection of exclusive champagnes to be paired with a tapas menu. Thirsty yet?

(All images: Mandarin Oriental)

Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid
Plaza de la Lealtad, 5, 28014 Madrid, Spain
PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.