HotelsMandarin Oriental Ritz reopens after a major facelift, while Spain's first JW Marriott will open in 2022.

One Madrid, two grand dames

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A junior suite at the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid.
A junior suite at the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid.

Madrid has been chosen for two major hotel launches: the historic Mandarin Oriental Ritz which reopened on 15 April, while plans are in place for the first JW Marriott in Spain to open next year in the Spanish capital.

The 110-year-old Mandarin Oriental Ritz, formerly the Hotel Ritz, Madrid, underwent the largest renovation in its history over the past three years, which enhanced its facilities and services while preserving the Belle Époque character of the original building.

Situated in the Golden Triangle of Art bounded by the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia museums, the property is also close to Madrid's financial and commercial district and to El Buen Retiro Park.

Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz oversaw the renovation along with French designers Gilles & Boissier. Each of the 153 guestrooms, including 53 suites, have been updated with a contemporary residential style.

Five on-property eateries are overseen by three-Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta, and wellness facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, a vitality pool, experience showers, a steam room and a contemporary fitness center.

Rendering of a guestroom at the JW Marriott in Madrid, which is slated to open in 2022.
Rendering of a guestroom at the JW Marriott in Madrid, which is slated to open in 2022.

As for the first JW Marriott in Spain, the property located within Madrid's Plaza de Canalejas promises proximity to several museums, including the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, as well as the luxury shopping destination Galeria Canalejas.

The hotel will house 139 rooms, including two floors of suite accommodations. Each of the hotel's suites will feature an outdoor terrace.

The property will also be home to a lobby bar, a restaurant and wellness facilities.

The JW Marriott portfolio currently spans around 100 hotels across 30 countries and territories globally.

Source: Travel Weekly

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