Madrid's Ritz to reopen in summer

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The Palm Court restaurant, with its reconstructed glass canopy ceiling, at the Mandorin Oriental Ritz, Madrid.
The Palm Court restaurant, with its reconstructed glass canopy ceiling, at the Mandorin Oriental Ritz, Madrid.

The 110-year-old Hotel Ritz, Madrid is set to reopen in summer as the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid following the most extensive restoration in its history.

The property will retain many of its facilities and services as well as the Belle Epoque style of the original building.

Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz spearheaded the historical restoration, while French designers Gilles & Boissier oversaw the interiors, including the preservation of such original features as crystal chandeliers, antique paintings and sculptures in the public spaces.

The hotel is situated in the Golden Triangle of Art bounded by the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofa museums and in a residential area close to Madrid's financial and commercial district and to El Buen Retiro Park.

The property will offer 153 rooms, including 53 suites, featuring a blend of classic and contemporary residential style. The Royal Suite and the Presidential Suite will offer views over the Prado museum, as will two new suites, each with private balconies, located in the top floor turrets.

Chef Quique Dacosta, known for the three-Michelin-starred Denia restaurant in Alicante, Spain, and the two-Michelin-starred El Poblet restaurant in Valencia, Spain, was tapped to design, develop and oversee culinary operations at the hotel's five restaurants and bars.

Dining options will include the Quique Dacosta restaurant overlooking the hotel garden and the Palm Court under an original glass canopy ceiling that is being reconstructed after having been lost for 80 years.

Other dining and drink options will include the Ritz Garden, the Ritz Bar and the Champagne Bar.

There also will be a heated indoor swimming pool, a vitality pool, experience showers, a steam room and a fitness center as well as a dedicated space for beauty and massage treatments.

Ballroom and functions spaces equipped with large windows facing the Prado Museum are also being restored.

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