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Madrid Article

Madrid is a city steeped in tradition yet impressively innovative; it’s incredibly laid-back, yet mercilessly fast-paced.

The city offers bullfights, late-night dancing, tapas taverns, diverse culture, outstanding architecture, and some of the finest museums in Europe. Whether you stay for one night or one week, Madrid offers stunning luxury accommodation options, including a former palace where you can revel in historic charm, or an avant-garde creation designed by some of the world’s most renowned architects. Let us guide you through some of the Spanish capital’s most luxurious hotel options.

Today, a new generation of entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives are turning Madrid’s traditional retail world on its head. Everywhere small shops are bringing a new, personalized vitality to the capital city. It’s a change in the city soundtrack, to be sure. But such is life in this indefatigable city where the music of passion plays on.
From our collective many trips to the Spanish capital, here are our favorite cool, trendy selections.

VP PLAZA ESPAÑA DESIGN 5

The new VP Plaza España Design 5, A five-star hotel, boasts 214 luxury rooms characterized by spaciousness, privileged views and, of course, comfort.

This is the flagship hotel of the VP Hotels chain, a result in large measure of the architecture of the building itself, the fine materials and chromatic lines of the furniture, and the works of art that splash from the common areas to each of the rooms.

Located just a few steps away from the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, and the Temple of Debod, VP Plaza España Design offers guest parking, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a gym, various restaurants, and more than 15,000 square feet of meeting halls for all kinds of events and conventions. As an added bonus, it has one of the best views of the capital, which you will be able to enjoy in a very special way from the fantastic Ginkgo Restaurant & Sky Bar.

GINKO RESTAURANT

From the heights of Madrid, discover this fashionable venue with exceptional views of the city. Located on floor 12 of the VP Plaza España Design 5, Ginkgo Restaurant offers a nourishing menu with dishes that pay deep respect to the product and mix traditional preparations with touches of market cuisine, some of them with an Asian influence. The atmosphere is evoked by the best designers of our time, with music perfectly chosen for each moment of the day. After a delicious lunch or dinner, enjoy glamorous cocktails blended by experts, who will advise you on which cocktail best suits your tastes and personality.

Rooftop atmosphere
Sunday to Thursday 1:00pm–1:30am | Friday and Saturday 1:00pm–2:30am |
Plaza de España 3. Floor 12 | ginkgo@vphoteles.com

Room amenities vary, with some offering a terrace, others an independent walk-in closet, and some even a private gym. The most spectacular suite spans 1291 square feet and is sure to delight all of its lucky guests.

The hotel introduces the possibility of attending an event while enjoying spectacular views of the capital and wonderful natural light. The lobby has more than 960 square feet divided between the reception desk, seating area, and cafeteria. In addition to this, there are three rooms (two of which can be partitioned), which are ideal for small work meetings.

On the first floor is the space for the Buffet. Covering a total of almost 3767 square feet, it can be partitioned and converted into a multidisciplinary space with five distinct areas, perfect for any kind of event. The second floor of the hotel is completely given over to the MICE segment, with more than 6450 square feet in fully partitionable halls, and ceilings more than 40 feet high.

On this floor, you can hold an event of just one hall, or of several, and there are also multiple options for arrangement of the tables.

All of the halls are equipped with WiFi connection and with the most advanced audiovisual systems, making them the ideal space for conventions, presentations, and business meetings.

And after you are finished with work, relax and recharge at the Biloba VP Spa, where you will be able to relax with a massage, or receive a wonderful treatment for face or body. The hotel works with the best products to meet your needs, such as Carita and Decléor.The standard rooms offer maximum comfort and tranquility with views of Calle Del Río.

They come with a minimum surface area of 323 square feet and are located from floors 4 to 8 of the building. Rooms can be connected for your group as well.

Reservation
VP PLAZA ESPAÑA DESIGN
Plaza de España, 5. 28008, Madrid
Tel: +34 91 595 55 10
vp-plaza@vphoteles.com

HOTEL VILLA REAL MADRID

Villa Real is an exquisite 5-star luxury hotel located in in the Plaza de las Cortes, in front of the Congress of Deputies and only a few minutes from the Puerta del Sol. The hotel is an ideal setting for exploring Madrid on foot. Part of the Derby Hotels Collection, The Hotel Villa Real Madrid is an impressive building—a treasure trove of ancient artifacts and antiques, but with enough postmodern touches to keep things surprising. In the wood-paneled Art Deco lobby, ancient Roman mosaics hint at the hotel’s impressive art collection, which includes original Andy Warhol paintings. A stroll down the marble-floored halls yields further gems, from Apulian vases to third-century Syrian mosaics, while the spirit of Pop Art enlivens the glossy bar and restaurant.

The overall design of the hotel interior is modern and minimalist, but with enough postmodern touches to keep things surprising.

Hotel Villa Real Madrid boasts 115 rooms, including luxury suites that have an independent bedroom and lounge on the same level. Other suites are laid out as a duplex with a Jacuzzi, junior suites, or bedrooms with the lounge on a different level. The décor of the rooms is stylish with either wooden floors or parquet floors, root mahogany furniture, and bathrooms of Carrara marble. Each room also features paintings from the hotel’s private art collection.

The airy bilevel rooms, which have separate balconied sitting areas, embrace the Old World. You can recline on a sofa while admiring a lithograph of the Egyptian pyramids or a seventeenth-century Indian sculpture. The bathrooms are outfitted with rain showers and are lavishly decked out in emerald and cream marble.

Amenities include 24-hour room service, heat and air conditioning, soundproofing, stereo with CD player, safe, mini-bar, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, Canal Plus, satellite, and Pay-Per-View TV, Wi-Fi, and laundry and ironing service.
East 47, Pop Art–inspired bar and restaurant with an impressive gin menu, features excellent Mediterranean fare and a breakfast buffet with made-to-order eggs, grilled veggies, and smoked salmon.

Business clients of the hotel Villa Real Madrid are well cared for. The business center is made up of four meeting rooms, three of which can be combined to give enough space for three hundred people. The rooms are suitable for press conferences, presentations, and conventions, and the hotel offers state-of-the-art technology: projectors, sound systems, and a hostess and secretary upon request. They will also cater business lunches and cocktail evenings, and provide limousine service on request. You can also book car rental through reception.

The picturesque plaza outside the hotel provides a perfect gathering spot to sit in the shade of the trees. Nearby Plaza Santa Ana is known for its tapas. Take a tour to follow Hemingway’s footsteps to the 110-year-old Cerveceria Alemana, where formally attired waiters serve pulpo tempura (fried octopus), German sausages, and beer. Catch Madrid’s gin-and-tonic fever at Del Diego, where classic cocktails and vintage glamour reign. By day, marvel at seven hundred years of Western art housed in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum or masterpieces by El Greco at the bucket-list Museo National El Prado.

The Real Suites are the most treasured gem of the Villa Real Hotel: two spectacular duplex split-level rooms for those who love luxury and elegance. Distributed over two comfortable levels, both suites have a 160-square foot private terrace—one with views over the Plaza de las Cortes and the center of Madrid, and the other featuring a quiet interior patio.
The suites’ classic decoration combines noble materials, art pieces, and furniture of incalculable value. A few of its main pieces include an eighteenth-to-nineteenth-century Mandala-style meditating Buddha, a Hindu carpet, and a leather Chester sofa. The second floor houses a leather-topped desk, a chaise longue, an Indian carved stone window dating back to the eighteenth century and several prints with Egyptian motifs.

All of the bedrooms and elegant suites have individual climate control systems, 24-hour room service, 24 satellite television channels, DVDs upon request, direct telephone line, mini-bar, safe with capacity for a laptop, free baby cot upon request, laundry and ironing service, hair dryer, bathroom amenities, and bathrobe.

Hotel Villa Real Madrid
Plaza de las Cortes, 10
28014 Madrid, España

11th PRINCIPE BY SPLENDOM SUITES

This manorial estate, built in 1880, has recently been renovated in its entirety to offer maximum comfort and the latest technology to its guests, while still preserving the majestic distribution of the original rooms and staircases.

Accommodation offers a wide range of services in thirty-six spacious, elegantly decorated boutique apartments.
11th Principe by Splendom Suites manages to be contemporary yet maintain its classic architectural grandeur, creating a montage of both history and possibility.

The hotel’s mantra is “HOME LUXURY HOME.” Upon arriving guests are warmly welcomed by the general manager and bilingual staff, who are so in tune with everything happening in Madrid they could work as tour guides!

A total of thirty-six spacious apartments are furnished in modern style, with a complete bathroom including luxury bath amenities, hair dryer, and make-up mirror.

Apartments include double bedrooms with queen- or king-sized beds, living room with double sofa bed (except studios) and fully equipped kitchen (fridge-freezer, microwave, washing machine, Nespresso machine, tea, and utensils). Providing daily cleaning, fast Wi-Fi, smart TVs in the living room (42”) and bedroom (32”), satellite TV, safe, iPod/speakers, air-conditioning/heating, iron and ironing board, tourism information, fresh flowers, elevator, laundry service, complimentary family-friendly kit on request (high chair, baby cot, trolley, baby cutlery, toys), 11th Principe has thought of everything!

This boutique building is in the heart of the Spanish capital, so it is the ideal starting point to discover all of Madrid’s charming attractions. Surrounded by the most unique and exclusive shops and the city’s most emblematic hotspots,  Calle Príncipe runs from Plaza de Canalejas to Plaza de Santa Ana. It is believed that King Charles I of Spain named this street in 1527 to honor his son Philip II.

This luxurious boutique hotel offers a relaxing ambience, with beautiful polished floors and light colors. Its clean modernist decor is a perfect juxtaposition to Madrid’s bright, busy, and colorful streets, providing a relaxing space to return to at the end of the day to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get a great night’s sleep.

11th Principe by Splendom Suites
Calle Príncipe, 11, Madrid, 28012, Spain

Leonardo Boutique

The Leonardo Boutique Hotel Madrid is a chic and artsy building rich in character. The lobby is quaint and inviting, with a lovely selection of eclectic bright yellow furniture and a stylish bar/lounge.

This hotel is perfectly located for visitors who wish to enjoy the Spanish lifestyle. Easy access to public transport allows guests to take in the ambience of tapas bars, restaurants, and cultural hubs.

A 20-minute walk away from the Gran Via, the historical main street of Madrid, as well as Paseo Castellana and Plaza Colon. Shopping areas such as Fuencarral Street or the Guzmán el Bueno town market are also easily accessible. Close to a variety of art galleries, museums, cafes, theaters, and bookshops, it is an excellent accommodation option for visitors who want to enjoy Madrid’s artistic side.

The boutique perfectly reflects the local neighborhood with its sophisticated and creative modernist style. Even the numbers on the rooms are presented in an artistic way! You’ll find some interesting modernist furniture and beautiful artwork located around the hotel to give you inspiration before you venture into the city. The seventy-five guest rooms are tastefully decorated with a subtle mix of classical and contemporary design. Flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi access and modern fixtures, a large walk-in rain shower, metro tiles, and a marble-topped sink give a crisp clean finish to the space. Perfect for leisure vacation as well as business travel.

Leonardo Boutique
Calle Vallehermoso 65, 28015 Madrid
28015

HOTEL & SPA URSO

Modern Life In A Palace

5-star boutique hotel in the center of Madrid.

Hotel Urso is a former palace that integrates the royal character of the bourgeois architecture of Madrid during the twentieth-century with the modernity and comfort of a modern luxury hotel.

Home to the renowned company “Papelera Española,” the building’s history can be felt in the interior spaces, a neoclassical elegance with original features such as a central patio, colorful stained-glass windows, decorative tiles, library, marble floors, and wooden walls.

Public spaces have a labyrinthine feel to them when you first arrive, with each space having a wow factor when you enter. Their dramatic approach captures the artistic and cosmopolitan vibe of Barrio de Salamanca.

Rooms possess a unique luxury and sophistication, yet are warm and welcoming. They display careful attention to detail, decorated with antique photographs of Madrid and exclusive furnishings, options of king-size or twin-size beds with high-quality mattresses and natural fiber quilt covers, a Nespresso coffee machine, a minibar stocked with local products, a television with international channels, and superior quality bathroom toiletries.

In terms of amenities, URSO Hotel & Spa has nine private areas, including a restaurant, bar/lounge, concierge, and fitness center.

Dining is much more than the traditional service; it’s an experience offering guests a variety of food and atmospheres to reflect the elegance and art of gastronomy.

Each morning a select traditional breakfast buffet with a wide range of hot dishes with national and international gourmet products is freshly prepared by the kitchen team.

Guests enjoy breakfast in the conservatory area with views of the sky and Madrid’s natural light, in a serene environment surrounded by palms and a well-kept vertical garden. It’s the perfect way to begin a day of sightseeing.

If a drink and small meal is what you are looking for, luxury cocktails and informal cuisine merge at the Champagne Bar. An extensive list of champagnes and wines by the glass, as well as special cocktails created by the bartender, are available throughout the day. Guests can relish their selections while looking out large windows onto the streets of Madrid. A select menu of appetizers and snacks made with fresh seasonal products from the Barceló Market complete this gastronomic experience. In addition, from autumn to spring on Thursday nights, the hotel offers a sophisticated date opportunity with live jazz evenings #URSOLiveJazz. It’s a wonderful moment to relax and be entertained by the elegant jazz notes together along with something whimsical from the menu.

If you’re looking for something a bit more exclusive, the Media Ración Restaurant offers an elegant and relaxed style that reinterprets traditional flavors. Half-portion serving dishes can be shared in the bar as well as the in the small dining room along with some of the best wines and champagnes in the world. This experience is open to the public, but if intimacy is what you are craving, then make reservations in the private dining room. Here, traditional-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are accompanied by an attentive and discreet service. Sophisticated and inviting, this the perfect place to hold meetings and celebrate small events in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

After you have enjoyed a meal, head out to enjoy Madrid’s most renowned shopping districts. Urso is strategically located within the central districts of Chamberí, Tribunal, and Chueca neighborhoods and a few minutes’ walk from the upscale Salamanca district.

This is the fashion center of Madrid, home to many high-end boutiques and jewelry stores. It’s the perfect accommodation option if you want to explore famous Spanish shopping avenues like Calle Serrano and Calle de José Ortega y Gasset. There are many world-class restaurants, wine bars, and cafes in this part of the city, which makes it a great location for anyone who is a foodie or loves cafe culture. Retiro Park is a short stroll from the hotel, offering plenty of stunning architecture to admire.

Return to Hotel Urso & Spa to wind down and be pampered at the URSO spa. Professional spa therapists guide you on a journey into a deep relaxation in which you will experience the perfect blend of “salus per aquam,” rejuvenating treatments and discreet personalized service. To guarantee the best results from its treatments, URSO Spa uses only high-quality cosmetics from Natura Bissé and Sisley Paris.