Putting on the Ritz, Madrid style

by Tuesday, August 7, 2018

For more than 100 years, Hotel Ritz, Madrid has been an icon in this vibrant city. The Head Concierge, Borja Martin Guridi, was born in Madrid and has worked at the hotel for almost 20 years. He is also the Vice President for Madrid’s chapter of the famous Clefs d’Or organisation. Get ready to come on a journey, in Madrid… 

Borja Martin Guridi.

Favourite locale when enjoying a day off

Puff… let’s say 3: Juana la Loca, Taberna Laredo or Tartaan roof.

Where he takes his own guests when they visit

I love art and food and Madrid is a perfect city to combine them. I take my guests to a museum and then to have some “tapas”.

It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what we should do

We have got three of the main museums in Europe within walking distance (Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia). At least one of them, followed by an authentic old-fashioned Winery or Tavern.

Night-time entertainment

Madrid offers many night-time attractions, such as cocktail-bars located in roofs (Jardines de Sabatini, The Roof or Ginkgo Sky Bar- recently open), centenary restaurants (Botín, Posada de la Villa or Lhardy), trendy restaurants (Amazónico, BIBO or TATEL), but don’t miss a flamenco show (Corral de la Morería or Café de Chinitas).

Key words or phrases visitors should learn

If you get lost: Dónde está la Puerta del Sol por favor? – Where is the main square and real centre of the city, please?

If you get hungry and thirsty: Dónde puedo tomar buenas tapas y buen vino por favor? – A local phrase that defines Madrid: “De Madrid al cielo”.

Best shopping

Salamanca neighbourhood is where you will found a mix of the best spanish and international brands. If you are looking for something more local, there are centenary stores around the Plaza Mayor to buy typical souvenirs (handmade fans, espadrilles, gentlemen’s hats, or flamenco dresses).

A child-friendly thing to do or place to go

We have many familiar and fun activities such as renting a boat on the lake of the Retiro Park (which is gorgeous to walk around, bike or to try a Segway). If you like soccer, the Real Madrid Stadium has an amazing tour and we have in Madrid three incredible Amusement Parks and a Zoo.

Best-kept secret or favourite hidden treasure

Our majestic Royal Palace recently opened to the public a new area of their beautiful gardens where, before or after visiting the Palace, you can have a coffee or an ice-cream. For many centuries, only the royal family was allowed to walk around the gardens.

Best way to get to the airport

We have a train and bus shuttle to the city centre and there is a fix price of 30€ for a taxi.

Best time of the year to visit

May-June or September-October.

Anything else we should know when visiting

Every sunday morning we have a famous flea market called “El Rastro” located in a very popular but authentic neighbourhood of Madrid.

 

NOTE: Hotel Ritz, Madrid is about to embark on an extensive restoration, closing the hotel until late 2019. The hotel will feature stunning new facilities and services which will enhance the property’s appeal while maintaining its unique legendary character.  This, combined with Mandarin Oriental’s exemplary service, will ensure the property retains its legendary status as one of the world’s great hotels.

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