This isn’t somewhere you’d come upon by chance. Even people who know Madrid backwards would be hard put to tell you exactly where it is. But it’s right in the heart of the city, behind El Corte Inglés department store and just off an historic square dominated by the Descalzas Reales convent.
Designer Tomas Alia has put a large print of Juana de Austria, the founder of the adjacent convent, in prime position in the spacious rooms. In ascending order of size, they are classed as studios, lofts, chic lofts or suites, with well-equipped galley kitchens. 104 is a duplex loft with a lounge area with a shag pile rug on the wall and a balcony onto the square. 307 is a studio, which means no separate seating area. It also has a balcony onto the square, as well as a desk with the sort of lamp you might find in a photographic studio and Diamond steel mesh chairs, designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll – you know, the ones that look like chip fryers. Suite 402 on the top floor is pretty spectacular with a sloping roof and a skylight. All rooms have free WiFi and flat-screen televisions with DVD players.
The dramatic red and white lobby has a central atrium rising up through the building.
Eating and drinking
Buffet breakfast is available till noon.
The casually-uniformed staff are really friendly and helpful.
Who stays there
All sorts of ages and nationalities, with quite a few families and groups of friends. You might well find actors who are performing in a Madrid theatre or making a film or TV series staying there.
Breakfast costs 10 euros.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Seasoned travellers
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Handy location
- Chic design
- No room service
- No restaurant