Inspired by King Alfonso XIII’s desire to build a luxury hotel to rival the Ritz in Paris, the Hotel Ritz in Madrid shares with the Ritz hotels in Paris and London a reputation as one of the original grand luxury hotels in Europe.
The Hotel Ritz opened its doors in 1910 in the presence of His Majesty King Alfonso XIII. The hotel was designed and built under the personal supervision of the legendary hotelier Cesar Ritz, from whom the name was adopted.
The Ritz has played a crucial role in the life of Madrid over the last century. Still today, the hotel remains a key attraction for many to this European capital. Source: http://www.ritz.es
The Ritz was obviously not in my itinerary, darn it!!! But for those with a little extra money in their budget, check it out!
There are 2 classical Top Hotels in Madrid and both are in the same Square (Canovas del Castill Sq, where Neptune Fountain is).
The Ritz is where most of the Rock / Movies stars go, it's more charming, but a bit "old-fashioned" I think. Well, I've never been to any of these 2, but this is what I heard...
On sundays they serve a delicious BRUNCH here.
Directions: In front of the Prado Museum. Metro Banco de Espana.
Still at the Ritz.... That's me messy-ing up (is there such a word?) my TINY room. This isn't a very large hotel with just 129 rooms and less than 30 suites housed in 6 floors. You must check out the exclusive fitness center on the top-most floor though. Do your exercise here and perspire in style!
We stayed at the Ritz Madrid beginning of December 2007 for 2 nights. We had booked 2 rooms, one double and one twin on the Ritz online booking section. Each room cost 195 Euro which was a bargain compared to all the other travel websites.
The location of the hotel was fantastic, right next to the Prado Museum( which unfortunately was closed on Mondays so we didn't actually go to see it) and across the street from the Westin Palace Hotel . The entrance of the hotel wasn't exceptional, but the Christmas decorations made it very pretty. Although the carpets were worn out and in need of major restoration, we found the rooms lovely and clean with all amenities that you could want. The lobby cafe/bar was tastefully decorated, and the christmas tree one of the nicest we have seen. However this did not make up for the poor service of the waiters. They were very slow in taking orders, and having just arrived from the Siam City Hotel in Bangkok where the service was exceptional, compared poorly. . I thought they were stuck up and unhelpful and detracted from the overall experience.
The rooms were fantastic, both the double and the twin. Very spacious with great bathrooms and amenities.
Unique Quality: Both the double and twin rooms were very elegantly decorated. Especially delicious were the coctails.
The Ritz Hotel Madrid. That's my puny (little!) bedroom here at the Ritz. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers, isn't it?
Unique Quality: Referred to as Madrid's most exclusive hotel, the Ritz Hotel was built at the request of dear Alfonso XIII when he could find no suitable hotel(s) posh (and plush enough) in which to house his royal guests arriving for his wedding. The one thing I find impressive about this place is its eye-catching 'Belle Epoque' furnishings. I felt as if I were being transported back in time to an era when women didn't have to work (lucky them) and wore flowing resplendent gowns... and rode around in horse carriages. Hm.
Directions: Very centrally located; and just across the street is the world-famous Museo del Prado and the lesser known - Thyssen-Bornemisza museum (equally impressive).
We did not stay but went over for Sunday brunch, much to our suprise Sunday brunch Starts at 1:30pm so we missed out and had some duck egg rolls in the lobby. It was relaxing and is in a good location. When we left we saw them setting up the sunday brunch with lobsters and champagne it looked like something out of a dream. I think the cost was around 80 euros a piece. ouch.
The twin rooms at the Ritz were great. Excellent for teenagers. Also the Christmas decorations were outstanding
Commissioned by King Alfonso XIII, the Ritz Hotel was built to rival its namesake hotel in Paris. The hotel was completed in 1910 under the supervision of Cesar Ritz, the famous hotelier, and was built in the Parisian belle epoque style. The hotel continues to be among Madrid's most famous luxury hotels. I did not stay here, but the Ritz does not need recommendation, of course. Its location across from the Prado Museum is perfect for visiting Madrid, if you can afford the bill.
The Ritz Madrid (not to be confused with Hotel Ritz or the Ritz Carlton) is absolutely the best hotel in the city! Centrally located, the Ritz has a beautfiul dining terrace and spacious rooms. Still, the best thing about this hotel is the impeccable service you'll get. We were greeted by the manager himself, given an upgrade to suite for havgin to wait all of 15 minutes for the original rooms to be made up, treated to shocolate covered fruits, hand-milled soaps and a full English-style breakfast each morning. Of course you pay the price in Euros, but it might be worth it to be treated like royalty!
Unique Quality: It's all about the excellent service!
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Address: Plaza De La Lealtad 5, Madrid, Madrid, 28014, Spain