Among the ritzy touches at the Hotel Ritz Madrid: Regular guests are entitled to their own fluffy Ritz bathrobes, personally monogrammed and awaiting their next visit. One of Europe’s original grand hotels, this elegant manse opened its doors in 1910 at the request of King Alfonso XIII, who wished for a playground for royals, diplomats, and aristocrats to rival the Ritz in Paris. Today, every guest is privileged — whether booking the $7,600-a-night Royal Suite, with its king bedroom, sitting room, two bathrooms, antiques, paintings, crystal chandeliers, and personal butler (upon request) or partaking of other, less pricy indulgences in the on-site Bodyna Wellness Center. The hotel’s Goya restaurant also attracts pop royalty, including Madonna. Opposite the Prado and Thyssen Museum, the Ritz boasts handcrafted carpets, 19th-century clocks, silk damask wall coverings, and closets large enough to live in.
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