The 167-room Hotel Ritz Madrid is the most luxurious hotel in Spain’s capital, located at one of the world’s most exciting cultural intersections. The national Prado Museum is next door, showcasing classical art by Spanish painters such as Velasquez, Picasso and Goya. Across the street, the Thyssen Museum is without a doubt the best museum in the world to learn about Art History with a voluminous collection of fine art ranging from pre-Renaissance to Rauschenberg.
Opened in 1903, the Orient-Express hotel was originally built because King Alfonso XIII needed a place to honeymoon, and he wanted a belle époque palatial hotel like the Ritz hotels in London and Paris. He also wanted brunch and afternoon tea, which had never existed in Spain before. To this day, the sumptuous Sunday brunch and daily afternoon tea spectacles at the Ritz are legendary throughout the country.
Off the lobby, the Royal Salon seats 400 theater-style with original tapestries hanging from the wall and tall windows framing the gardens. The Alfonso XIII Salon leads to the Goya restaurant with outdoor seating on the terrace and within the gardens. It’s almost unheard of to have this much outdoor space and greenery for a hotel in central Madrid.
“The hotel is very special because it has a soul,” says spokesperson Inma Casado de Amezua Fernandez-Amigo. Over 50% of our guests come from the U.S. because they like the palace feeling. You know, Orient-Express is not really a chain, it’s a group of small treasures like Hotel Ritz.”
Outside the Royal Salon, there’s a solid gold platter and table setting that King Alfonso X111 donated to the hotel. For special group dinners, planners can use that tableware for a fee.
Learn more about meetings and functions at Hotel Ritz Madrid’s business events page.
After our tour, we gathered in the lobby bar for champagne and canapés. It’s unbelievably charming with an Art Deco allure connoting 1920s style and sophistication. No matter where you stay in Madrid, bring your best clients here for a cocktail to experience the soul of old Spain.
Hotel Ritz often partners with Chic Outlets’ Las Rozas Village, located 30 minutes outside of the city, to provide fully packaged group programs with customized shopping tours. Presently in the works, Hotel Ritz is working with the neighboring museums to create a fashion-themed tour highlighting classical and contemporary art depicting sartorial styles of the times.
For offsite dinners, check out the fine-dining Lhardy Restaurant nearby in the historic city center. Built in 1840, the iconic restaurant offers five private dinning rooms decorated with period antiques and floral-embossed leather walls. For superb casual dining and a thriving local crowd, visit Ramses Life & Food.