The Selenza is on one of Madrid’s most exclusive streets in the upmarket Salamanca district, surrounded by smart shops. Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Gucci and many more are all within a few minutes’ walk. You will probably need to use public transport for short hops to get to some of the sights though.
There are 44 rooms and suites, featuring screens and panels with floral arabesques and baroque candelabras. Gastón y Daniela fabrics strike a bold, modern note against the classical backdrop with Louis XVI-style furniture. Pretty bathrooms are equipped with Molton Brown toiletries. There is a ground-floor room for guests with disabilities. Smoking is not allowed in rooms, but smokers can use the library lounge.
With swirling black and white mosaic floors using marble from Bardiglio, Carrara and Thasso and a dramatic red scultpure hanging in the stairwell, the prestigious interior designer Manolo Melón has made dramatic use of every available space at the Selenza.
Eating and drinking
Leading chef Ramón Freixa came from Barcelona to run the restaurant, which is already one of the best in Madrid with two Michelin stars. For a more laidback vibe in warm weather, ForoFreixa in the courtyard is a great spot for cocktails and tapas after a day's shopping, whether you're staying in the hotel or not. Freixa has also devised the breakfast menu, which focuses on quality rather than quantity. Just exquisite. It is served in a beautiful ground floor room which is flooded with light too.
Excellent attention to detail.
Who stays there
Well-heeled tourists, foodies and culture vultures.
Perhaps because it is new, the Selenza’s rates are exceptional value for a five-star hotel. There are usually great offers available too, such as a discount if you book a two-night stay. The package including dinner is a real bargain. Book the personal shopper package and your expert guide will whisk you around the boutiques that are of most interest to you. There is free WiFi throughout the hotel. If you have a baby, the hotel provides a pack of useful basics and special products. Continental breakfast is 15 euros.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Seasoned travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Superior service
- Two-Michelin starred restaurant
- Beautiful design
- Some sights not walking distance