MADRID -- The Hotel Ritz, an Orient-Express Hotels property
centrally located in the cultural district here, is offering an Art
Discovery in Madrid package that includes entrance to three of the
capital's major art collections through the end of December.
The three-night deal includes deluxe accommodations in a
"classic" category room; a private, three-hour tour of Madrid in a
chauffeured car; one five-course dinner for two, with wine, at the
Ritz's Goya Restaurant; an afternoon tea for two; roundtrip,
chauffeured airport transfers; daily buffet breakfast; and welcome
flowers, champagne and fresh fruits. The three museums featured in
the package are the Prado, which is undergoing a major expansion
and houses one of the world's foremost art collections; the Reina
Sophia Museum, home to an extensive modern-art collection that
includes Pablo Picasso's "Guernica"; and the Thyssen-Bornemisza
Museum, which features paintings by Picasso, Delacroix and
The package is priced from about $1,695 for two people in the
low season (February, July and August) -- and about $1,960 in the
The 167-room Hotel Ritz, built in 1910 for Spain's King Alfonso
XIII, was acquired by Orient-Express Hotels last May for $135
The company, along with partner Omega Capital, is investing $25
million to upgrade the hotel and add facilities, including a spa, a
dining terrace and additional meetings space.
The hotel's existing facilities include 30 suites and the Ritz
Terrace, a 66-seat restaurant in a garden setting.
Travel agent commission is 10% when the package is booked
through the Crown Collection by Crown International Marketing at
(800) 628-8929 and [email protected].
To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].