On the Paseo del Prado, next to the Prado museum and a short walk from the Retiro park.
The 167 rooms and suites, all different, are set on six floors and are gradually being revamped. Some have balconies and all have double glazing, Irish linen sheets, deep handmade carpets and L’Occitane or Bulgari products in the bathrooms, which often have natural daylight. Room 101, which gives onto Plaza de la Lealtad, is a lovely junior suite with a silk canopy over the bed. Most rooms have huge wardrobes, antiques, oriental ceramics, crystal chandeliers and original artworks. There is a WiFi internet connection and all the mod cons you would expect.
The opulent lobby sets the tone for the hotel. The ballroom retains many original features and is used for all sorts of events. There are sumptuous carpets from the Royal Tapestry Factory throughout the hotel.
Eating and drinking
Chef Jorge González, who has worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants, has revamped the Goya restaurant, transforming it into one of the best in the city. The Ritz’s Sunday brunch, served out in the garden for much of the year, is legendary.
You can also eat on the terrace for lunch or dinner during the week when the weather is fine – or of course just have a drink.
There is a small bar off the lobby.
There is a well-equipped Bodyna gym with new machines. Excellent massages and other treatments are on offer.
Absolutely top notch. Nothing is too much trouble.
Who stays there
Royalty, film stars and top sports stars. Anyone who’s anyone basically.
Breakfast is 30 euros. WiFi is free.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Ultra luxurious
- Handy for art lovers
- Superb service