The late 19th-century building is on the corner of Velázquez and Goya streets in the swish Salamanca district. And it’s on the right side of town for getting to the airport too.
There are has 45 spacious rooms and suites with classic décor. Doubles have a minimum area of 31 square metres. All have a lot of natural light and most have street views, but ask for a courtyard view if you want a quiet room. The junior suites are particularly attractive and cosy, some with fireplaces and free-standing bathtubs. You feel you are staying in the home of a raffish wealthy relative rather than a hotel.
The interiors are the work of top designer Pascua Ortega, with lots of columns, high ceilings and a dramatic black and white check marble floor in the lobby. Paintings and sculptures by leading Spanish artists, including Tapies, Miró and Chillida, decorate public areas and rooms.
Eating and drinking
The excellent restaurant is popular with non-guests and serves top-quality Mediterranean cuisine. There is a bar in the lobby which serves tapas.
Unusually for a five-star hotel, there is no gym, spa or pool.
Outstanding personalised service.
Who stays there
Experienced well-heeled travellers who rate excellent service and comfort and couldn’t care less about what’s in fashion this season.
Offers are usually available - particularly for stays of two or more nights - with rates that are not unreasonable for this standard of hotel. Breakfast is 29 euros. Free WiFi.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Excellent service
- Smart area
- No designery nonsense
- No gym or spa