World's Greatest Places 2021
The Mandarin Oriental Ritz in Madrid.
Courtesy Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid
July 20, 2021 6:36 AM EDT

Social distancing is not conducive to the intimate art form of Spanish flamenco, nor to Madrid’s famous tablaos, where the dance is usually performed. While Spain’s Ministry of Culture invested more than €1.1 million in flamenco last year to help the industry ride out the pandemic, the next few months will be crucial in determining whether the city’s tablaos can survive beyond 2021. New luxury hotels opening this year are sure to help by attracting first-time and return visitors, including the remodeled Rosewood Villa Magna, the brand’s first Spanish property; Mandarin Oriental Ritz, a recently restored Belle Epoque hotel in the center of the capital; and the 200-room Madrid Edition, set in a historic square featuring a roof terrace and sky bar. —Tamara Hardingham-Gill

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