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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Originally built as a lodging place for the aristocratic guests of King Alfonso XIII, the Ritz has been the place to stay in Madrid since it opened more than a century ago.

Located next door to the Prado, recent renovations have seen the 167 rooms upgraded with modern facilities, without this grand old dame losing any of her opulent old-school charm and aristocratic flair.

You have five restaurants and bars overseen by top chef Chef Quique Dacosta, and the lovely outdoor terrace for lunch and dinner, and the fitness and wellness facilities are exceptional. The antique furniture, deep hand-woven carpets and first-class service combine for a sense of privileged luxury the moment you walk through the door.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Nearby (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Prado Museum

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.2 miles]

Madrid’s most renowned museum, home to the single best collection of Spanish art and arguably the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century.

Best for ages: 18+ | £13

Reina Sofia National Museum

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.9 miles]

Spain’s National Museum of 20th-century art is the third of Madrid’s world-class art museums. Reina most famously contains Picasso’s Guernica, and outstanding collections of Spain’s two greatest 20th-century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

Best for ages: 18+ | £8

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Aerial view down onto a large exhibition room filled with art stalls and lots of people wandering between them

Art Madrid

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.3 miles]

A world-renowned annual contemporary art fair featuring painting, sculpture, photography, and digital art from both national and international galleries and artists. It takes place over four days in February, in the majestic setting of the Palacio de Cibeles.

Best for ages: 13+ | £13 | 5 days

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External facade of a street bar

Museo Chicote

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.7 miles]

Spain’s oldest cocktail bar, founded in 1931; along with bucketloads of atmosphere is a wall of photos of the movie stars (Sinatra, Grace Kelley etc.) who once sipped drinks here. Go for Sunday afternoon brunch with a DJ.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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The Parterre garden in Buen Retiro Park. Shaped topiary shrubbery, trimmed lawns, trees, and white pathways fill this park.

Retiro Park

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.7 miles]

Once the gardens of a royal palace, the city’s main park stretches across 350 acres of glorious green space in the heart of the capital.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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View of a stone busy in a display cabinet

National Archaeology Museum

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.9 miles]

A grand museum showcasing the history of Spain, from prehistoric times to the modern era. It houses over a million objects including art, sculpture, and artifacts from various periods, such as Roman, Visigoth, and Moorish. LKook out for the beautiful prehistoric bust of the Lady of Elche, Roman weapons and glittering Visigothic gold.

Best for ages: 18+ | £2

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Madrid Region, Spain

Spain’s sunny capital offers up world-class art, super shopping, renowned tapas and late, late nights.

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