Madrid: A place where rich history and a modern lifestyle fuse seamlessly. From captivating, historical gems like the Almudena Cathedral and the Palacio de Cristal (quite literally a house of glass) to the most competitive football and trendy nightclubs you’ll ever experience, Madrid blends an educational experience with an urban flair beautifully. Be sure to check out a Flamenco show—a dance originated in Spain—while you’re planning your nights out, and stroll through the Mercado de San Miguel—a stunning and trendy food market—to sample some of Madrid’s signature cuisines. Looking to indulge? Then you must stop by La Mollorquina—known to be one of the best bakeries in all of Spain—and order the Spanish churros! Seeking a night out on the town to enjoy Madrid’s world-renowned nightlife? Look no further than Fabrik for those who love techno, or Kapital—a seven-floor club where each floor features different types of music nightly. Something important to note: Unlike other cities in Spain, most of the residents in Madrid can speak English, so don’t hesitate to chat with a local and get their take on the best spots to visit and dine!
Villa Magna is the most distinguished hotel in the heart of Madrid. From the moment you step into the hotel, the decor’s contemporary elegance and the staff’s graciousness and kindness are immediately apparent. The 150 guest rooms and suites are understated and spacious, with the largest entry-level rooms in the city, and the 84 connecting rooms are ideal for families. The two Insignia Suites on the top floor boast the largest terraces in Madrid. Villa Magna’s restaurants, bar, and terraces highlight the variety of Spanish cuisine. During the warmer months, the terraces become a wonderful retreat from the bustle of the city.
WIT Tip: The SPA is an oasis offering an experience of relaxation and well-being, while the finest shops and restaurants are just a stone’s throw away.
The InterContinental Madrid is a cosmopolitan retreat that opens up the real charm and passion of this vibrant city. A sense of occasion takes over the minute you step into the marble-lined lobby, where a sumptuous brunch is served on Sundays. Fine dining, award-winning business facilities, and a 24-hour gym make the hotel a destination in itself. The exclusive Club Lounge offers personalized service and luxurious amenities,
such as private check-in, Wi-Fi, pressing service, and all-day snacks and refreshments. Salamanca's high-end fashion boutiques are a short distance from the hotel, as are Madrid's world-class museums.
WIT Tip: The Sunday brunch is one of the most elaborate anywhere, with live music and a diverse assortment of tapas and international dishes.
Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid
One of the world’s most famous hotels, Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid has welcomed the cream of society since its inauguration by King Alfonso XIII in 1910. Following an extensive renovation by Paris-based design house Gilles & Boissier, the hotel’s 100 spacious rooms and 53 elegant suites (many connecting room options) guests will experience the new classic-contemporary design which blends seamlessly with the hotel’s iconic structure. Latest technology, comfort and wellness.
Five gastronomical outlets, overseen by acclaimed and three-starred Michelin Chef Quique Dacosta, the hotel is home to five restaurants and bars. With a newly indoor swimming pool, a vitality pool, experience showers, steam room, a fully-equipped state of the art fitness centre and a dedicated treatment room, Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid is an oasis of elegance, architectural splendour and exemplary service.
WIT Tip: Take advantage of this prime location, which is just steps from Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Palacio de los Duques, a Gran Meliá Hotel
Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques’ rich colors and clean lines take inspiration from Velázquez’s famous “Las Meninas.” The Spanish master’s painting hangs in the Prado Museum, which – along with the Reina Sofia, Royal Palace, and other major attractions – is an easy walk from the 180-room hotel, a former 19th-century palace noted for its historical gardens. Get a peek of the Almudena Cathedral from the rooftop pool and pampering treatments in the Thai-inspired spa. Barcelona’s Michelin-starred Torres brothers head up Dos Cielos restaurant; for lighter fare, try tapas in the Coroa Royal Gallery lounge.
WIT Tip: Opera buffs can go behind the scenes at the nearby Teatro Real on a private, backstage tour tailored to your interests. The hotel can even arrange for you to attend a rehearsal.
Madrid—a city where you come for the stunning architecture and impressive museums, but stay for the urban culture and friendly locals. We’re not sure what you’ll fall in love with more: the places you’ll experience in Madrid, or the Madrileños you’ll inevitably meet and become friends with along the way. However, if there’s only one thing you bring home from your time in Madrid, make it their tradition of the 2:00-4:00PM siesta— the perfect opportunity to implement a little daily rejuvenation into your life!