The location is unbeatable for Madrid’s most important sights
Views of the Prado from some rooms
The outdoor terrace for alfresco meals
Lingering over the delicious (and huge) breakfast buffet
What To Know
Opulent decor is elegant and graceful but not for fans of minimalism
Make your reservation for afternoon tea, served from 4:30 to 7 p.m., in advance online
Children are welcome; kids bath products and mini-bathrobes are provided
Parking on site
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Belle Epoque beauty near the Prado with a lavish lobby, opulent guestrooms and one of Madrid’s best restaurants
Built in 1910 by King Alfonso XIII and supervised by Cesar Ritz himself, this opulent five-star hotel continues to impress with its unparalleled location, impeccable service, and lavish design fit for the royals and celebrities who frequent this Belle Epoque beauty. Lounges are furnished with chandeliers, elaborate ceiling cornices and red carpeting, and the service is discreet and personal without being cloying. Check-in is done quickly in an intimate space off the main lobby, where fresh flowers sit on a mahogany table. The lounge is central to life here — business deals are struck, light lunches are served, and cocktails are sipped to the soundtrack of live piano music in the evenings.
Bed & Bath
The grand guestrooms are furnished with antiques, floral fabrics, patterned wallpaper, hand-woven carpets and lacquered furniture. All have compact marble bathrooms with heated towel warmers. Classic Rooms offer courtyard or Lealtad Square views, and some of the Deluxe Rooms overlook the Prado museum. Note that while the beds are comfy, the Kings are more like Doubles, so prepare to get cozy with your bedfellow.
The hotel has several historic trademarks, like the famous carpets crafted at Real Fábrica de Tapices, and original fixtures. There are also plenty of modern amenities too, including free WiFi, a well-equipped gym and a health and beauty center. Goya is the hotel’s flagship gourmet restaurant, and it serves a lavish breakfast, but when the weather allows, eating tapas alfresco in the Terrace restaurant’s rattan armchairs is a must. The Velazquez Bar, meanwhile, is a top spot for people watching.
In the Area
Retiro Park is just five minutes on foot from the hotel. Rent a boat on the lake, pack a picnic or just stroll in the shade of the trees. Spend an afternoon shopping in the hip Chueca neighborhood and stop by Cacao Sampaka to splurge on chocolate. Walk to Lavapies and La Latina, near Plaza Mayor, an area famous for its tapas bars. Try chorizo, jamon iberico, croquetas of potatoes, cheese or ham, tortilla wallachia (egg and potato omelet), and gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce).
Plaza de la Lealtad 5
How to Get There
Flights are available to Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from MAD, about nine miles away, can be arranged through the property for an additional cost. Taxis to/from MAD are approximately $38, each way.