Right on the Gran Vía, near Plaza de España, the shops on Calle Preciados and the boho bars and boutiques of Malasaña. Nearest metro is Plaza de España, but it’s only a few minutes’ walk from Callao or Santo Domingo as well.
There are 116 rooms done out in dramatic black and white with sumptuous fabrics in deep crimson and burnished gold. Top-quality double-glazing and soundproofing mean there are no noise problems. There is a lot of natural light, and some superior rooms have terraces. Two rooms are suitable for people with disabilities. There is a cable internet connection (WiFi available at a charge), satellite television and a pillow menu.
There is a stylish lounge bar featuring a lot of black lacquer, silvery fabrics and chesterfield sofas on the 1st floor. A spectacular curving marble staircase, saved from the original building, winds up through the hotel. Other original features include the wrought-iron and stained-glass decoration on the lifts. There are fabulous views across the city to the Guadarrama mountains from the roof terrace on the 10th floor.
Eating and drinking
A breakfast buffet featuring a staggering 94 different items is served in a spacious room on the first floor. Celiacs and people on other restricted diets will have no problems here. Soya milk is always available. You can also have a basic express breakfast if you have an early start or are short of time.
Afternoon Tea is available with prior reservation, featuring scones and cream, sandwiches and cake – and fizz too if you fancy it. There is a snack menu in the lounge bar with a good range of sandwiches and salads. Drinks are served on the roof terrace.
The Nammu Spa is small but very pleasant, with a sauna and steam room. Massage and other treatments are available.
Staff speak really good English and are always friendly and helpful.
Who stays there
Mix of business and leisure visitors, with a lot of media people and quite a few celebrities.
Rooms can cost double at busy times. Buffet breakfast is 15 euros and the express breakfast is five euros. Afternoon Tea is 15 euros per couple, which is a real bargain. Cable internet is free in the rooms, with fast WiFi available for a charge.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Great service
- Roof terrace
- Handy location
- Gran Vía may be too full on for some people