The Height of Luxury
The Hotel Villa Magna is a big hit with couples and professional travellers alike. Compliments are showered on the hotel for its high standards and quality facilities, be it the courteous personnel or the sleek, understated design that mixes modern and antique furniture. The health and fitness centre is regarded as another highlight. From €341. Travellers have equally left much positive feedback for Adler Hotel, notably for its grand 19th-century architecture, its attentive staff, its handsomely decorated, spacious rooms and its ideal location for shopping. From €180. The vast, stately Gran Melia Fenix is also held in high esteem. Occupying a prime spot on the famous Plaza Colón, between Salamanca and the financial district, the statement location and architecture are the first two aspects that impress visitors. As for the service, it is described as exceptional, and customers feel that the price (€148) is more than justified for the level of luxury they enjoy. A spa, sauna and fitness centre are also available to hotel guests.
A five-minute walk from the leafy Parque del Retiro, the Jardin de Recoletos (4-star) is recommended for its central location in the historic area of Madrid, on a quiet side street just metres from the shops on Calle Serrano. Top marks are given for the comfort and cleanliness of the spacious, well-appointed studio apartments. Fully refurbished in 2013, each room is decorated in a sophisticated, modern style, offering separate living and sleeping areas and a practical kitchenette – the superior rooms and suites have the added bonus of a large outdoor terrace. Noise emanating from adjoining rooms has provoked a few remarks, but seems to be the only complaint. From €112. Spacious, elegant rooms and a copious breakfast feature among the highlights of the Abba Madrid (from €66) and the Zenit Abeba (from €67). Both hotels are located in northern Salamanca, but travellers point out the benefit of good public transport links nearby including the bus 200, which serves the airport, at the foot of the Abba Madrid. If you’re looking for something original, the Dormirdcine comes recommended for its quirky cinema theme. The breakfast and the friendly staff at this contemporary hotel are two further strong points cited by travellers, who find that the rates (from €65) offer good value for money. Plain but tasteful, the rooms at Suites Barrio de Salamanca are considered spacious for the price, and the attentive staff have also been widely complimented. From €67. The NH Principe de Vergara has been noticed for its colourful, contemporary décor, its fitness centre and courteous staff. Transport links for the city centre are also within easy reach. From €66.
Opened in 2012, the Hotel Ibis Madrid Centro Las Ventas caters for those on a budget, with rooms from €39 that offer generous proportions for their category, a filling breakfast and efficient staff on hand. Located north-east of the centre near to the famous Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas bullring and next to metro Ventas, the hotel is just a few stops away from Salamanca and central Madrid. In a superior category, the VP El Madroño (from €59) has charmed visitors with the design of its modern, spacious rooms that are equipped with functional kitchenettes and the hearty breakfast buffet,. Diego de Léon metro is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel. Some remarks have been made about the level of sound insulation, which certain travellers have found insufficient.