Plaza de las Cortes 7, Madrid, Spain, 28014
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- Business travellers, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Celebrity spotting, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions
Expert review of Westin Palace
One of Madrid’s most symbolic hotels, the Palace was built a century ago. The grand, Parisian-style structure has white stuccoed walls decorated with garlands. Ever since it opened, the hotel has been a favourite haunt of artists, writers, bullfighters and film stars, including Salvador Dalí, Picasso and Ernest Hemingway. Since it became part of the Westin group it has inevitably become more Americanised and lost some of its character, but is still a really special place to stay.
Opposite the Spanish parliament building and across the road from the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, this is a pretty pivotal location. There are lots of tapas bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity too.
The 467 rooms are undergoing renovation. The décor has remained classically tasteful, with a lot of mahogany but with a lighter, brighter feel than previously - and fabulously comfortable beds. Still a lot of beige and maroon though. Premium rooms have extra good sound-proofing and give onto the square or the street. Executive rooms on the upper floors have internet access included.
The Rotonda room under the glass dome is quite spectacular – well worth popping in to see if you are passing, if you’re not lucky enough to stay here.
The excellent buffet breakfast is served in the Rotonda, which is also used for lunch and dinner and for the legendary Sunday brunch. There is also a superb Chinese restaurant, the Asia Gallery. The wood-panelled bar is a great spot for a few cocktails. There is a Starbucks in the building and a branch of Vips, the Spanish restaurant chain which also sells books, newspapers and takeaway snacks.
The gym is well equipped with plenty of machines and is open 24 hours. After your workout, you can have a drink on the adjacent terrace while relaxing on a lounger, with views across the square. There is also a hair and beauty salon.
American can’t-do-enough-for-you style.
Celebrities and a lot of American tourists.
Internet access is 20.60 euros per day, but is included in rates for some rooms. Breakfast is from 17 euros, and is included in some rates.
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- Plaza de las Cortes 7, Madrid, Spain, 28014
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service
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