What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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).
How to Get There
After many recommendations to meet a fellow businessman in this wonderful country, Spain, I was placed in a rather easy position when choosing hotels. After my wonderful experiences in many Ritz hotels across the globe, I quickly booked a short stay. As per usual, my standards were met with excellence and the up-most respect! Thank you very much for your all-round hospitality. I couldn't have picked a better hotel! The fine Spanish cuisine was so amazing that I have ordered an import of Spanish tapas to my summerhouse! A special thanks to Jose the receptionist for his consistently polite attitude.
Yours sincerely, Darwin Hamilton
The Location is perfect if you want to visit Madrid’s main Museums like El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. Also near El Retiro Park.
Old Fashioned Style from the beginning of the 20th Century. Good breakfast and tea in the afternoon.
Unfortunately no pool or gym facilities.
Exceptional! We went for a special birthday celebration and the hotel staff couldn't do enough; professional, polite and attentive. We were also given a complimentary framed photo of us enjoying our experience to mark this special day.
This was a lovely shangrila. We were there I’m the middle of a hot August and found this hotel to be the perfect respite. Loved it! Try the outside patio at sundown and enjoy the lovely atmosphere. There is free parking which is unheard of in Europe!
Incredible place, really good service but things to improve
Car and room service were many times late but its normal, we understood that it was a big hotel.
Perfect communication with all Madrid, transport and the city so nice