Our last stop in Spain was at the Hotel Ritz. Opened in 1910, the hotel, now a part of Mandarin Oriental, will undergo a complete refurbishment in 2018, but for now itâ€™s historic design and furnishings are classic. Our upgrade was to a one-bedroom suite with two small balconies overlooked the Prado where crowds started assembling an hour before opening. The service and greetings, starting at the door and continuing to the reception desk were warm and welcoming, befitting the Ritz mystic. Our room wasnâ€™t ready, so we were welcomed to the lobby bar for a cocktail courtesy of the hotel. Service there was attentive and continental in style, and the gin and tonics quite generous. Once our suite was ready, we were escorted by a member of the reception staff to our room. There we found a sitting room seating at least six divided from the bedroom by glass pocket doors. The bedroom was spacious with several closets. The design was very continental and though in great condition, could use some refurbishment. The bathroom was quite small for the size of the suite, and that was our only criticism. We hosted friends from England both in our suite and in the lobby bar, where we enjoyed lunch before their departure back to England. The tapas-based items were creative and delicious. As mentioned, the location is perfect for touring the sights of Madrid, and the concierge staff is highly professional and helpful.