The long-famous Ritz Madrid is open, now as the 153-room Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid. Originally designed and built under supervision of legendary hotelier César Ritz, it first opened its doors in 1910. Over the last three years, it has been carefully restored, enhancing its facilities and services while preserving the unique Belle Époque character of the original building – this has all been achieved thanks to such partners as Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz, and French designers, Gilles & Boissier. Key to the ongoing success of the hotel as an anchor for Madrid’s discerning elite is its dining scene, led by experienced culinary director Quique Dacosta, above: the three Michelin-starred chef oversees local-produce Deesa, al fresco El Jardin del Ritz and other eating, and drinking, venues. Wellness is a partnership with The Beauty Concept, one of Spain’s leading wellness experts (there is also a heated indoor swimming pool). The hotel is jointly owned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Olayan, and GM is Greg Liddell.