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The Ultimate Guide To A Luxury Experience In Madrid

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Have you ever dreamt of going on vacation, and taking care of absolutely nothing? To do so, here are a few hotels and restaurants which will help you live a full and non-stressful experience. Let yourself be pampered by a friendly and professional staff at the hotel, then go to your favorite 5-star restaurant for lunch and end up in the evening on top of the best rooftop in the city.

As they are so many luxury choices in the city, this little guide will help you choose the one which fits you and make the most of your stay in the capital, as they are so many things to do, you need to be prepared in advance.

The Ultimate Guide To A Luxury Experience In Madrid is a Guest Post by Juliette Smith

The Glass Palace Madrid
The Glass Palace Madrid

Passionate about traveling, I’ve already been pretty everywhere in Europe and experienced different traveling types from backpacks to luxury ones, from leisure and relaxing trips to more adventurous ones. But Spain is where my heart is!

Luxury Hotels

Madrid is a city where you will have plenty of choices when it comes to luxury and especially hotels. The capital provides a wide range of 4 and 5 stars hotels where you will be able to relax and think about nothing else than having a good time while visiting.

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Luxury Hotel Room

Located in the heart of the country, this sunny location has got everything you need in just one place, from the best hotels, best restaurants and places to visit, at the end of this article, you will know everything.

Gran Via Hotel Madrid Ultimate Guide
Gran Via Madrid

The city is easy to access by plane with the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport and its more than 193 regular scheduled routes, perfect to connect with the whole world.

The Principal Hotel

This 5-star hotel is located next to the big avenue called Calle Gran Via. With its central location it enables you moving easily around to go to the shops, restaurants and the best bars which are not very far. But even if after a long day walking around the streets, you don’t feel like going out, you can easily eat at the hotel’s restaurant or enjoy a fresh drink at the bar, the restaurant called the “atico” serves amazing gastronomic food.

The hotel even provides meeting rooms if you are here for business and a fitness center to stay in shape! The staff is very friendly and will help you to park your car, carry on your luggage and even do your laundry. All the rooms are fully equipped with free WIFI, a TV and room service of course!  At the end of August, two nights in a double bedroom suite will cost you €428.

The Orfila Hotel

This 5-star hotel is a prestigious place where you will be able to benefit from a splendid garden in the middle of the city. This place offers 32 rooms on which 12 are suites, all specifically decorated not to look like another.

All the rooms are equipped with a TV, a minibar, air conditioning and obviously free WI-FI. They do have an incredibly committed staff and services such as meeting rooms, a lounge area, a bar and a restaurant where you can eat in the Orfila garden.

Another very practical service they provide is the free shuttle from the airport or to the airport and a valet parking if you come to the city with your own car.  At the beginning of September, two nights in a double bedroom suite will cost you approximately €322.

VP Plaza Espana Hotel

This 5-star hotel is located in the city center not far from the avenue called the Gran Via. The quality of the service is exceptional with everything you need just in one building.

If you choose to book your stay in this hotel, you will have access to its restaurant offering Mediterranean and Asian food, or a fitness center. They do provide car parking, room service and incredible fully equipped rooms with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and free WIFI.

They do even have a bar on the 12th floor of the building, called the Sky Bar with a panoramic view of the city and a swimming pool!  At the end of August, two nights in a double bedroom suite will cost you €454.

Hyatt Hotel

Another great luxury experience in the city will be the Hyatt Hotel. This place located in the heart of the city is a 5-star hotel which offers amazing services such as a valet parking, a room service, a fitness centre, meeting rooms and an on-site restaurant.

Rooms are fully equipped and WIFI is free. Breakfast is usually included in the price and offers a wide choice of products for salty or sweet lovers. On the 10th floor of the hotel, you will even have access to a bar/coffee offering delicious cocktails. At the end of August, two nights in a double bedroom suite will cost you €478.

Luxury Restaurants

In order for you to enjoy a complete luxury vacation, why not booking a table at one of the finest and most renowned restaurant of the city? You will have plenty of choice, all with talented chefs.

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DiverXO

The first restaurant we suggest you is called DiverXO. It is the only restaurant in the city which has 3 stars at the Michelin Guide.

In a very unexpected and modern atmosphere, you will have the chance to try amazing culinary products, it is a truly incredible experience for your senses. Not to miss this place, book a table in advance.

Because it is one of the greatest restaurants in the capital city, it is also the most expensive one, with only one menu available at 250€, but it is worth it!

La Terraza del Casino

The chef Paco Roncera is in charge of this 2-star restaurant. They do offer traditional dishes in an unexpected way because he aims to revisit Spanish classics.

And if you are a wine lover, you will be in heaven with its more than 900 choices kept in the cellar. You will have the choice between different menus available at different prices.

CEBO

Located in the 5-star luxury hotel Urban, this restaurant is a gastronomic one awarded by 2 stars from the Michelin Guide. The chef Aurelio Morales is a real artist which creates a perfect balance between technical dishes and tasty flavours with local and fresh products.

The cuisine is mostly inspired by Spanish and especially Catalan or Madrilenian specialties. The menu is designed so that you only know the main ingredient to create a complete surprise when served. The service is managed by the famous Francisco Paton, a talented maitre d’hotel.

What do to in Madrid?

The Retiro Park

The Retiro Park is one of the vestiges of the former secondary residence of Spain’s kings, called the Palacio del Buen Retiro and which was destructed because of its poor materials and the Napoleonic battles who took place in the city in the early 19th century.

Madrid inhabitants like to go for a walk under the sun, a running session, or even to picnic in the park. But as Madrid is a city full of history,  this place is also designed to be a cultural location. You will be able to find several museums, one is the extension of the famous Prado Museum or palaces which welcome temporary exhibitions from the Reina Sofia Museum.

If you come to the city to visit and enrich yourself, you won’t be disappointed as three of the major museums are located on the Paseo del Arte, perfect to visit one after another.

If you are looking to learn a bit more about Spanish history, I would better advise you to book a private guided tour, it would be easier for you to truly understand every painting! (https://madrid-discovery.com/)

Eat Traditional Food at the San Miguel Market

The San Miguel Market in an authentic place located in the heart of the capital city and not far from the Plaza Mayor. For all the food lovers but also beer and wine ones, you will find something which perfectly fits your tastes.

Ultimate Guide to Madrid San Miguel Market
San Miguel Market

You will encounter fresh and quality products used to create traditional tapas or even ice cream. Most of the products are made by renowned chef awarded by the Guide Michelin for a luxury and typical Spanish experience it is the place to go for!

A Drink at the RIU Rooftop

Another incredible experience is drinking a crafted cocktail on top of the RIU Hotel. You will benefit from a breathtaking view of the city and its surroundings on the 27th floor of the hotel with a bar and comfy chairs to have a sit under the sun.

Not far from the central avenue Gran Via, this 4-star hotel is a renowned place in the city, if you want to book your accommodation here you will benefit from services such as a fitness center, meeting rooms and a car parking.

Guests will also have exclusive access to the swimming pool on the rooftop. Another little bonus is the glass walkway on top of the hotel allowing you to take your best photos and see the bustling city right under your feet.

The Debod Temple

The Debod Temple, initially built in Egypt, was gifted to Spain in 1968 in order to keep it safe. In fact, several temples in the country were in danger because of the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Debod Temple

The temple was then transferred to Madrid in order to be restored and some parts were reconstructed. It is now located in the West Park of the city near the Plaza de Espana. It is also a great place to watch the sunset!

Link to my website: https://madrid-discovery.com/

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Tricia worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years before deciding to divorce the corporate world in 2018. Tricia retired early so she could travel with her husband Jack (the Boomer) and Bo, their German Shepherd. They enjoy finding new experiences together and spending time with their family.

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