Living it up at the Ritz

World February 01, 2018 15:22

By The Nation

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From February 28, the luxury five-star Hotel Ritz in Madrid will close its doors for a 99-million-euro (Bt3.85 billion_ major refurbishment project that is expected to be completed late 2019.



Since opening in 1910, the hotel 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.

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 Sofia 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 Epoque style of the original building.

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 Cesar 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.

The reinstatement 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. The 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 bar, designed to become a destination of choice for local customers and in-house guests alike, will also be created.