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
The Madrid Ritz has everything a great hotel should, but you are paying mostly for the name. Ordinary rooms are small and my bathroom was on the other side of a small entrance way. The restaurant is very good, but again is about 2x a similar restaurant. Of course, you can't beat the service and location.
Loved the common space on the first floor. On two occasions, we sat in the Hall and enjoyed a cocktail after a day of walking---as a matter of fact, we had a delightful snack of grilled octopus and Rollitos Confit on one of those afternoons. The Krug Bar is warm and the breakfast buffet in the Goya Restaurant is lovely---as the light pours in through the high arched windows. The location of the hotel is right next to the Prado Museum and within walking distance of major shopping and sightseeing. Our suite 617 was good-sized, but unfortunately the rooms are a bit tired. I understand that they are, or will be going through a room renovation--it is definitely well needed.
walk to everything that makes Madrid...one of the best cities in Europe & the World.....walk to Puerta del Sol...Gran Via....and if you want to hike 1st class... i say go for it...walk a bit to the WORLD FAMOUS. Chocolatería San Ginés is a café at Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, in central Madrid, in a passageway close to San Ginés church, west of the Puerta del Sol. It has served principally chocolate con churros since 1894.
During My last Stay at The Ritz in Madrid the Congierge helped me with tickets for the Atletico game. Also The helped me with a fast acces ticket for the Prado museum.
the rooms are very classy but stylish in a very good way. My next trip to Madrid I will be again in the Ritz
Southern part from barrio de salamanca...good location to access best shopping and up scale restaurants/bars of the city. Comfortable rooms. Spacious rooms. Good in house dining and drinking options. Good location to get out for jogging around the main (largest) park in Madrid. Run that is recommended by new balance.