Mandarin Oriental has confirmed that Hotel Ritz,
Madrid will close on 28 February 2018 for a €99 million (US$121
million) restoration, which is expected to complete in late 2019.
Since it first opened its doors in 1910, Hotel
Ritz has been synonymous with luxury, comfort and service
excellence. Over the years, it has hosted royalty, politicians,
corporate leaders and celebrities and is an integral part of
society in Spain’s capital.
The luxury hotel is situated within the ‘Golden
Triangle of Art’, an area defined by the most important museums in
the city – the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía
Museum of Modern Art.
The extensive work will significantly upgrade
the hotel’s facilities and services, while maintaining its unique
character, encapsulated in the Belle Époque style of the original
Spanish architect, Rafael de La-Hoz, has been
instrumental in providing the context for the historical
restoration, while French designers’, Gilles & Boissier, have been
appointed to oversee the interiors with the aim of enhancing the
property’s appeal to local and international guests alike while
celebrating César Ritz’s pioneering spirit.
The design of the public spaces will focus on
the careful restoration of the hotel’s many fine interior
architectural features, and will incorporate a number of valuable
artistic pieces from the property’s collection including crystal
chandeliers, antique paintings and sculptures.
of a glass roof in the heart of the hotel will bring light to the
lounge in the way it did when the property first opened.
hotel’s main restaurant will move to its original location, with
direct access to the terrace. The terrace garden itself is one of
the best-loved outdoor dining spaces in the city and will remain
an elegant environment for al fresco dining.
A new, dynamic bar,
designed to become a destination of choice for local customers and
in-house guests alike, will also be created.
During the closure, hotel staff will undergo
a range of training programmes or will be provided with temporary
assignments at other Mandarin Oriental properties in preparation
for the re-opening of the hotel.