First Images: The Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid Hotel

We really miss Europe (and we’re pretty sure it misses us.) But with EU travel restrictions not budging any time soon, we’re not expecting that situation to be remedied before springtime of next year. (Sigh.)

Yet it is undoubtedly encouraging that, at least here and there, fabulous new hotels are throwing open their doors. Indeed, there’s something distinctly hopeful about that rather intrepid act. And it’s inspired us to start planning 2021 trips—even if we have no idea exactly when they’ll actually happen.

Specifically, we’ve been dying to get back to Madrid since trips to there in 2016 and 2017, for another dose of flamenco, monumental museum going (The Prado, Reina Sofia), and the legendarily endless nightlife. And we’re especially excited to book into the new Mandarin Oriental hotel when we do – as it’s located in the Spanish capital’s Golden Triangle, where several of those museums happen to be.

Opening sometime in early 2021, it’s actually an update of the city’s much storied Ritz hotel, dating back to 1910 – and the first images are absolutely stunning. Decidedly modernizing its ‘Grand Dame’ interiors, Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz and French designer duo Gilles & Boissier have imbued it with a more understated, contemporary cool (think: refined shades of white and grey, with opulent gold accents), with the assistance of local artists and artisans – all of which doesn’t in the least detract from its original Belle Epoque architectural majesty.

No announcements of specific cuisine concepts have come as of yet, but the MORM will be home to five new restaurants (which is a bit of a tricky proposition, of course, on the back end of a national quarantine) all overseen by star chef Quique Dacosta – he of the three Michelin starred Dénia in Alicante, and the two Michelin starred El Poblet in Valencia. So one can surely bet that Plaza de la Lealtad, 5 will soon be a culinary address unto itself. (And one can rightly expect that afternoon tea in the historic glass-domed Palm Court will be amongst the city’s most fashionable scenes.)

There will also be 153 rooms and 53 suites, featuring parquet flooring, modern four poster beds, and lots of stylishly elegant detailing. Remember to book one with a view of the aforementioned Prado, for a constant frisson of cultural buzz during your stay.

All in all, the Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid was a $103 million renovation project – and from what we can tell, they certainly got their money’s worth.

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