Hotel Review: Hotel Ritz By Belmond, Madrid

When Cesar Ritz was born on the 23rd of February 1859 in the Swiss canton of Valais as the 13th child of poor parents, no one could have imagined the immense class journey the little shepherd boy would take both himself and the hotel industry in just three short decades. Having left Switzerland at 14 to work as a waiter in Paris, Europe quickly proved to be fertile ground for the young man ambition and talent. Through apprenticeships in Paris, Vienna, London and Monte Carlo, he gained the necessary experience to manage and curate luxury hotel experiences and eventually open his own properties in Baden-Baden and Cannes. The rest, as they say, is history.