An undeniable capital of chic, revered for its eclectic architecture that fuses cutting-edge design with historically eminent buildings, Madrid delivers on so many aesthetic levels. Take a trip to Las Rozas Village to stock up on suitably fashionable attire before checking into the top hotels that fuse world-class design with super relaxing surroundings.
It’s undeniably flash, but the ME Madrid is also designed with serious comfort in mind. The rooms are sleek, with all mod-cons and 300-thread-count bed linen. There are Chic Suites – corner suites with wonderful views – or Style Suites to choose from, but the two-level Suite ME with a sumptuous lounge and two private terraces is the most luxurious of them all. Whichever room you choose, The Roof Terrace bar is a real draw and attracts Madrid’s most fashionable set for cocktails set against 360-degree views.
Casa de Madrid
Small, yet perfectly formed. This is one of the most charming hotels in Spain, not just Madrid. A restored eighteenth-century townhouse, centrally situated with seven rooms, each carefully decorated by the owner and furnished with treasures found on her worldwide travels. The salon and a well-stocked library provide lovely spots to enjoy the complimentary early evening drinks and create the atmosphere of a real home from home.
Hotel Hospes Madrid
This modern hotel is housed in a building that epitomises the Bourbon Restoration architectural style. Outside all is red-brick and ornate balconies; inside, there is a decidedly minimalist feel. The original features have been carefully restored, from mouldings to woodwork. Rooms are sleek and the spa, set in the former stables, is wonderfully cosseting.
Hotel de las Letras
An art deco delight, this stylish hotel is set on Gran Vía right in the middle of the city. Madrileños love the bar here as much as guests do, making it a lively place to stay. For quieter moments, there are literary quotations printed on the walls and stylish guest rooms to retire to.
Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid
This hotel boasts world-class design credentials with seminal architects including Sir Norman Foster and Christian Liaigre having each taken a floor and designed it in their own inimitable style. The result is a quirky, glamorous space that’s undeniably eclectic. Zaha Hadid’s first-floor rooms, all white, bright and space-age reminiscent, are particularly stunning.
The façade is cutting-edge steel and glass, the interior avant-garde; featuring a tubular atrium constructed from stainless steel and alabaster, and a striking Oyster Bar furnished with silver sofas, transparent tables and crystal floors. Two transparent elevators zoom guests up to their rooms, which all feature a piece of antique art, as well as uber-modern remote-controlled glass screens. Fashion-lovers also flock from the local Loewe headquarters to the nearby ultra-chic Europa Decó restaurant.