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" The Ritz Hotel Madrid, Plaza de la Lealtad 5 : By Orient-Express : Iconic Exterior : Iconic Hotel : Iconic Location "

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In 2010 the Ritz celebrated its 100th anniversary. It is one of the last elegant European capital hotels still radiating the air of yesterday, a luxruy of a bygone time, elegant and refined, yet state-of-the-art und in fact very contemporary.

 

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“You have arrived at the Ritz in Madrid, slowly coasting into the thick carpets of the lobby. Engines are shutting down. The flight-comparison is carefully chosen – you were virtually propelled in by a bewitchingly smiling page girl who had given the revolving door a well calculated push at the right moment.

 

You have passed the concierge desk on the right and checked in at the enchanting reception room to the left. Your luggage is in the room and you have landed.

 

Now let’s explore the lobby, the field of deployment of the local and international socialites’ armies.

 

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A challenge for the staff, heaven for the guests.

 

Madrid is one of the architecturally most exciting cities of Europe. Old blends harmoniously with new. The Ritz, I dare to say, gives me once again that feeling of being at one of the great classic grand hotels in the world. The wooden panelling, the impressive Henry Lepaute clock behind the concierge desk, the revolving door at the entrance – all this sums up to a pillow of cosy comfort one loves to rest on.

 

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From the Ritz you are at the Prado museum in 60 seconds. Rooms facing south overlook it.

 

The Thyssen-Bornemisza museum is across the street, at the threshold of the historic centre of Madrid, which at some point is called Madrid de los Austrias. That stems from the days when the Habsburgs ruled Spain and the sun never set over their global empire. The Ritz was born into the Spanish monarchy of the Bourbons.

 

Alfonse XIII, the son of Alfonso XII and Maria Christina of Austria, had this brilliant idea of encouraging the right people to build a luxurious hotel in their capital. That enterprise started in 1908, the hotel opened in 1910. And here, my dear reader, is its story. Please follow me onto the next pages – I may, if you don’t mind – go ahead.

 

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(From the book HOTEL RITZ MADRID, by Andreas Augustin & Thomas Cane)

 

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Taken on February 5, 2012