The promise of sun, sea and sangria have attracted hordes ofEuropean travellers to Spain’s coastal towns and islands for decades, but for a true glimpse into theSpanish way of life, there is no better destination to visit right now than Madrid, where a culturalrenaissance is underway. Whether travellers are seeking a foodie holiday, a luxury shopping spree, a cultured city trip, or a lively weekend on the town, Preferred Hotels & Resorts presents the ultimateguide to unique, exciting independent hotels in some of Madrid’s most desirable districts.
NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa’s Junior Suite
C’est chic, boutique – Salamanca
This upmarket shopping area is heaven for travellers looking to indulge in retail therapy. The streetsof Calle Goya and Calle Serrano and their intersecting roads are home to the flagship stores ofSpain’s leading fashion houses such as Manolo Blahnik, Balenciaga, and Adolfo Dominguez, and alsopresent the latest from up-and-coming designers. For a one-stop shop, department store El CorteIngles is a must.
- Where to stay: Hotel Hesperia Madridis located on the prestigious Paseo de lasCastellana. After hitting the shops, guests can drop off their bags and relax with a cocktail atthe hotel’s Scotch Bar before selecting one of three fine dining options, including theacclaimed two Michelin-starred restaurant Santceloni. Rates start from 154€ per night perroom.
For the culture vulture – Barrio de las Letras
When searching for an area rich in art and history, there’s no better option than the bohemian LasLetras neighbourhood. Once home to many of Spain’s greatest writers and poets, Madrid’s ‘LiteraryQuarter’ is made up of largely pedestrianised cobbled streets and tranquil squares with bookstores,theatres, and specialist craft shops, interspersed with terraced cafés ideal for people watching. Thearea is also home to the CaixaForum Museum and a short walk from the famous Prado Museum, theQueen Sofía Art Centre, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
- Where to stay: NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa is a contemporary design hotel set in a historic 19th century palace, adjacent to historical landmarks like Santa Ana Plaza and Plaza Mayor. Guests are treated to a view of the city’s ancient canal system – beneath their feet – through the lobby’s unique crystal floor. Rates start from 154€ per night per room.
Perfect for night owls – Chueca
The life and soul of Madrid and home to the LGBT community, Chueca is the place to enjoy the bestof the city when evening falls. The colourful quarter is made up of a maze of narrow streets packedwith bars, clubs, concert venues, and eateries serving traditional tapas and international cuisinesinto the early hours. Travellers should check out the always-buzzing Calle Fuencarral, CalleHortaleza and Chueca Square.
- Where to stay:Less than three minutes from Chueca Square, Only YOU Hotel &Lounge is a new boutique hotel featuring a bold design and luxurious feel across its 70uniquely-appointed rooms, suites and public spaces, including an atmospheric British-stylecocktail bar and a Mediterranean-style lounge. Rates start from 155€ per room per night.
Eat like a local – La Castellana
Situated in the city centre, ‘La Castellana’ – or Paseo de la Castellana – is one of Madrid’s longest andwidest avenues. Those who enjoy nothing more than sampling local cuisine will be spoilt for choicewith many of the city’s famous tapas bars and restaurants, street food markets, and traditionalfamily-owned delicatessens all in close proximity to the tree-lined boulevard.
- Where to stay:Located just steps from Paseo de la Castellana, the recently renovated NHCollection Madrid Abascalis housed in an embassy building comprising 183 rooms andsuites, some with terraces. The hotel’s popular all-day restaurant DOMO Abascal is directedby renowned chef Paco Roncero and serves local favourites and delicious seasonal dishesfrom across the country. Rates start from 99€ per night per room.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers three additional hotels in Madrid: NH Collection MadridPaseo del Prado, Hotel Wellington, and Hotel Claridge.
Hotel Hesperia Madrid’s Junior Suite
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