HOOD: Central Madrid, Spain
PROPERTY SIZE: 150 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Contemporary
WE LOVE: The location – right in the heart of Madrid
WORDS BY: Ian Pryer – visited Nov 2015
In the course of ones travels, there are occasional confluences resulting in an outstanding and memorable experience.
A recent and first trip to Madrid combined with a stay at Villa Magna was magical.
Hotel Villa Magna, a former palace although totally remodeled, is located on Paseo de la Castellana. This extraordinary tree-lined boulevard (it cannot be called a street) is one of the major thoroughfares of Madrid but because of its width, traffic never presents a problem. As one draws up to Hotel Villa Magna, one cannot fail to notice the efficiency and sophistication with which the whole arrival process is handled. An air of calm pervades as luggage quietly disappears and one is escorted to the reception desk for a noticeably smooth check-in.
The décor of the lobby, soft muted tones, interesting sculptures, comfortable furniture foretell of what one might expect from a stay at Hotel Villa Magna. Directly off the lobby is their very pleasant bar (they believe that the best gin and tonics in Madrid are served here) and lounge area. Although both are accessible to non-guests, neither is ever overcrowded.
Adjacent to the bar is a casual indoor/outdoor eating area offering a range of snacks and tapas appropriate to the time of day.
On the other side of the lobby is Restaurant Villa Magna which serves as a breakfast room in the morning and then becomes one of Madrid’s leading restaurants at lunch and dinner.
The rooms are as comfortable as the lobby would suggest, fitted with every convenience one would expect from a hotel of this standard (daily newspaper, safe, tea and coffee making facility etc.). Even the television set, when not in use, looks like a mirror.
Adjacent to reception is the Concierge for whom nothing appears to be too much trouble. Their restaurant recommendations were all superb. My wife and I weren’t necessarily looking for gourmet experiences but rather establishments where we could rub shoulders with locals. Lateral at 89 Paseo de la Castellana was “buzzing” at 9 p.m. Platea, just around the corner from the hotel is truly a Centro de Ocio Gastronomica, a very upmarket food court with live music and a wonderful atmosphere. We were directed by the Concierge to an area about 300m from the hotel where we were told we would find any number of tapas bars. We ate and drank most reasonably at Makkila but am sure that any would have been equally wonderful.
An absolute Madrid must – El Rastro Market on a Sunday morning: a taxi ride (fares are most reasonable and cabs readily available) from the hotel should not to be missed. If shopping is important, Madrid’s biggest department store, El Corte Ingles, is directly behind the hotel and connected to it. The main entrance of El Corte is on Calle Serrano, Madrid’s most elegant shopping street with every conceivable “brand”. The major art galleries are within walking distance or a short taxi ride away. Like most cities, Madrid has a “hop-on, hop-off” bus and there is a stop less than 200 m. from the hotel.
In this most elegant and exciting city, Hotel Villa Magna is truly wonderful.
As a Goldman/Travelcall client, the following amenities are included:
- Buffet breakfast in Restaurant Villa Magna each day
- Tapas and wine once during the stay
- Room upgrade, subject to availability
- Complimentary internet access
- Villa Magna sweets box
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Round trip airport transfers for Executive Suite Bookings & above