WELCOME TO MADRID

The capital city of Europe’s most passionate country is a feast of music, food and culture, full of energy and colour, welcoming and captivating.

Spain has evolved into one of the most gastronomically important countries in the world, and Madrid has its own fair share of excellent restaurants as well as outstanding tapas bars, not too mention great food markets.

You will be swept up in the liveliness of Madrid whether visiting the markets – try the Mercado de San Miguel; a feast for the eyes and senses – tasting all kinds of tapas in a local bar, or simply sit on a terrace and watch the people go by sipping a local wine.

 

RECOMMENDED EATERIES

Frequented by celebrities, El Lando is the most prestigious restaurant in the Las Vistillas area. It is run by Lucio Blázquez, owner of the famous Casa Lucio as well, with which it shares the outstanding preparation of eggs and omelettes, as well as their most emblematic dish: the fried eggs with ham on a bed of potatoes (huevos rotos sobre patatas).

Opened in 1839 by its founder, Frenchman Emilio Huguenin Lhardy, Casa Lhardy is considered one of the earliest and oldest restaurants in Madrid. The former store (lower part) is a restaurant with several rooms. It’s famous broth has been served from silver samovars since 1885 and now Casa Lhardy has a classy tapas bar, deli and takeaway service on the ground floor and a culinary restaurant on the first floor.

Casa Lucio is a restaurant located in a narrow historic street in Madrid decorated in 19th-century Castilian style by its owner Lucio Blázquez.  Dozens of cured hams hang from beams above the bar. Among the clientele is a stable of well-known public figures including royalty. On the menu classic Castilian food, like Jabugo ham with broad beans, shrimp in garlic sauce, several types of roasted lamb, and a thick steak served sizzling hot on a heated platter.

DiverXO offers sublime Spanish-Asian fusion cuisine from young genius chef David Muñoz who has perfected his oriental kitchen techniques at Nobu and Hakkasan in London and has successfully applied them to revisit Spanish classics, garnering himself an amazing three Michelin stars in the process. Ordering is made simple with meals served from a set seven, eight or nine-course menu that varies only by the number of starters.

© DiverXO

Listed by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest restaurant, and on the Forbes list of as one of 10 of the world’s classic restaurants, Botin has been turning out impeccably roasted meats from its original Castilian-style cast iron wood-burning oven since 1725 – nearly three centuries. Guests have ranged from Hemingway to the painter Goya to countless European royalty, and it remains very popular with visitors, locals and especially Spanish politicians.

El Paraguas is one of the finest haute cuisine Asturian restaurants in the city, with chef Sandro Silva serving up the classics such as fabada, an Asturian white bean stew, colmenillas, wild mushrooms filled with foie, pixin, monkfish, rodoballo, turbot with clams. Visited by Madrid’s elite, but no snobbery here, expect a warm welcome from the friendly staff.

Opened in 2009 and now one of the most fashionable gastrobars La Gabinoteca is one of Madrid’s more recent stars. The interior combining rough wood, grey treated concrete and mismatched furniture is hip and funky. On the stylish menu the more traditional tortillita de camarones, ensaladilla ruse, squid boccadillo, but also fondue of creamy sheep’s cheese and potato, egg and truffle; delicious!

© La Gabinoteca

 

WHERE TO STAY

Exceptional hotel with top location on the well-known Plaza de Colón, the Hotel Gran Meliá Fénix***** provides one city’s finest accommodations. It is a member of the exclusive group The Leading Hotels of the World, and with the famous DRY Martini Bar by Javier de las Muelas, offers true luxury accompanied by traditional Spanish charm.

The Westin Palace Madrid***** has since 1912 welcomed the most prominent guests including Matahari, Albert Einstein, Ava Gardner, Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali and even if they are long gone, there is still a lot of history and a touch of majestic mystique surrounding the Spanish capital’s grande dame. If her walls could talk . .

A 19th century building in the Salamanca district has been transformed into the modern urban-chic hotel TÓTEM**** with 64 rooms, a gym and restaurant. The hotel has a peaceful atmosphere, with minimalistic but very functional furniture, eclectic common areas, stylishly blending finesse and avant-garde.

© TÓTEM

Good value is the Catalonia Goya**** located in the centre of Madrid, in the heart of the Salamanca district. It is set in a building from the end of the 19th century, which has been designated Artistic Heritage of the city. Its unbeatable situation in Madrid’s business and commercial centre means that the hotel’s guests can enjoy the benefits of this great city.

 

TAPAS AND COCKTAILS

Located on the ground floor of one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, Gabana is chic, exclusive and luxurious. The music is hot and the drinks menu endless with a range of the most expensive whiskeys and champagnes, attracting celebrities on the dance floor and in its private rooms.

Arguably Madrid’s most famous cocktail bar, Museo Chicote serves great cocktails at a landmark location with a cosmopolitan, glamorous and charming ambiance attracting locals and celebrities alike since 1931 such as Ernest Hemingway, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Sofia Loren, Frank Sinatra, and to this day the bar continues to welcome famous guests, as well as the hip and elite of Madrid.

Dry Martini Bar: Javier de las Muelas one of the world’s most talented cocktail specialist and his popular bar, where people come to enjoy Tom Collins, Cosmopolitans or Caipirinhas, occupies the whole downstairs of the Gran Meliá Fénix hotel. On the tapas menu: croquetas, jamón Ibérico de Bellota, oysters, prawn fritters and the famous Lola Flores canapé of anchovy and date.

© Dry Martini

Philippe Starck-designed Ramses is a multi functional venue with a lounge-bar, a club and two restaurants – Ramses Bistro and Ramses Petit. Stunningly dramatic with silver candlesticks, grand chairs and contemporary chandeliers contrasting with graffiti-covered walls and ceilings. You can eat Asian-influence cuisine here after cocktails in the lounge-bar or before dancing in the night-club downstairs.

Editor’s note: “At the Westin Palace in Madrid, I have been fortunate to be served in the elegant 1912 Museo Bar by Antonio for more than 20 years. Antonio has been with the hotel for almost half a century and even without saying anything he has that gift of making you feel special, so welcome, and so at home. A gift that does not cost anything, but is worth more than all luxury decoration and design in the world’s top hotels, especially if you travel a lot.”

A special mention goes out to Mercado de San Miguel. This is Madrid’s most inspiring and vibrant sprawling traditional food market in a building on the Plaza San Miguel that dates back to 1916. The market offers a great variety of quality traditional Spanish food and drinks to buy or eat, from top class paella, hams, cheese, caviar, tapas and oysters, to fresh juices and cocktails.

 

RECIPE

Huevos Estrellados

Casa Lucio’s Huevos Estrellados is a traditional Spanish dish elevated to world renown!

Having perfected this simple recipe, cooks at Casa Lucio use a wood-fired oven, organic potatoes and top quality oil to make perfect crispy yet non-oily fries, and rich and flavourful eggs whose soft yolks are gently broken over the fries so they are perfectly distributed around the plate.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups plus 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 7 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into eight equal wedges
  • salt

Preparation

Cook the potato wedges in olive oil until they are soft and creamy throughout and just barely crisped on the outside, 10-15 minutes. Put them on a paper-lined plate. Season liberally with salt. Once cooled slightly, transfer the potatoes to a serving platter.

Now heat some olive oil over high heat and crack the eggs into the pan. Cook gently, away from the heat, swirling the pan, for 20–30 seconds or until the whites are just barely opaque. Use a spatula to gently fold the eggs – or try to flip them like pancakes as a pro! –  without breaking the yolks, and cook an additional 20–30 seconds until the whites are barely set and the yolks are still very liquid.

Slide the soft-cooked eggs over the potatoes. Using a fork and knife, cut the eggs open, so that the yolks trickle down into the potatoes. Sprinkle with more salt and serve immediately.

More about Madrid

Spain

Tourist Information spain.info

Emergency number: 112

Ambulance number: 061

Country code: +34

Currency: Euro

Madrid

Tourist Information esmadrid.com

Tourist Information Office address:
Plaza Mayor, 3 Madrid
00 34 91 366 54 77

Area Code: 91

Airport:

Madrid–Barajas Airport   aeropuertomadrid-barajas.com
Aeropuerto de Barajas, Avenida de la Hispanidad, s/n, 28042 Madrid, Spain
0913 21 10 00

Transport:

Bus, train, taxi, tram, metro metromadrid.es

Main taxi firms:

Department of Madrid City Council Taxis 91 588 96 31 / 91 588 96 32
Radio-Taxi Asociación Gremial 91 447 51 80 / 91 447 32 32
Radio-Taxi Independiente 91 405 12 13 / 91 405 55 00
Radio Teléfono Taxi / Euro Taxi 91 547 82 00 / 91 547 85 00 / 91 547 86 00
Teletaxi 91 371 21 31 / 91 371 37 11 / 630 907 990

Emergency numbers:

Central Police Station (Comisaría de policía Madrid-Centro) 915 487 985
Fire Service (centralised service) 913 973 700
Ambulances 913 354 545
Emergency Doctor and Hospitals 112
Emergency Dentists 961 496 199
Pharmacy/Chemist On Duty 963 600 313

La Candela Restó

Type of Cuisine: International
Price: 57/92€
An unusual and unique restaurant with a simple retro-style dining room and bold, creative good food. La Candela Restó’s fusion cuisine features dishes with a wide variety of origins, primarily Oriental. The restaurant offers three set degustation menus, (small, medium and large) with dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a creative touch. The menus include original creations such as baby squid with butifarra (a traditional Catalan sausage), Thai curry and piquillo pepper coulis. Fun and delicious!

lacandelaresto.com
Amnistía 10, 28013 Madrid
00 34 911 739 888

Santceloni

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine
Price: Menu 162 € – Carte 117/150 €
With two Michelin stars, restaurant Santceloni’s excellence is not limited to the gastronomy, but also its service is sophisticated and it even has a Smoking Club. And of course, Santceloni has an excellent wine cellar with over 600 references. A great gastronomic experience with updated traditional cuisine that is well presented and comes with a creative touch.

www.restaurantesantceloni.com
Address paseo de la Castellana 57, 28046 Madrid
00 34 912 108 840

Piu di Prima

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining
Price: Average 28€
Più di Prima is one of the best Italian restaurants in Spain with an exclusive atmosphere and who’s who-clientele. This restaurant serves traditional dishes as well as innovative Italian cuisine prepared with the finest ingredients brought from Italy. An example of this are the zucchini flowers, stuffed and fried. The restaurant’s founder, Angelo de Salvo, knows how to give a special, personal touch to an internationally renowned cuisine which is very popular in Spain. His establishment is one of the favourites of Spanish and international celebrities, perhaps due to its extensive cocktail menu, or maybe for its sober decor, free of frill.

www.restaurantepiudiprima.com
Calle de Hortaleza, 100 28004 Madrid
00 34 913 08 33 72

Dstage

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine
Price: 88/118 €
This two Michelin star restaurant is housed in a red brick former brewery which has an urban and industrial look yet relaxed feel reflecting chef Diego Guerrero’s personality. His philosophy ‘Days to Smell Taste Amaze Grow & Enjoy’ applies to a cuisine that brings disparate cultures, ingredients and flavours together from Spain, Mexico and Japan. The tasting menu includes hors d’oeuvres at the open kitchen bar continued at the table with a suite of delectable dishes.

www.dstageconcept.com
Calle de Regueros, 8, 28004 Madrid
00 34 917 02 15 86

La Terraza del Casino

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine
Price: 69/148€
One of the best tables in the capital, this 2 Michelin starred restaurant in a palatial setting has been 0perating with the influence of Ferran Adria of the world famous El Bulli restaurant meeting the demand of customers looking for originality, creativity and the ability to have different gastronomic experiences This establishment has become one of the most innovative in the hospitality industry of Madrid without losing sight of the simple pleasure of enjoying a good restaurant in a vast and welcoming city. Among the house specialities: Oyster tartare with salmon eggs.

www.casinodemadrid.es
Calle de Alcalá, 15 28014 Madrid
00 34 915 21 17 35

NuBel

Type of Cuisine: Trendy
Price: Average 35€
Madrid’s Museum Reina Sofia museum has a new trendy café/restaurant created by some serious talent. The space is designed by famed architect Jean Nouvel who has enhanced it with a futuristic and luxurious touch. NuBel’s varied and delicate cuisine is taken care of by Muñoz Calero. Try breakfast with delicious frittatas, breads and cereals, have an Iberian plate at the bar, or a sumptuous dinner, all accompanied by music of the city’s most fashionable DJ’s.

www.museoreinasofia.es
Museo Reina Sofía
Calle Santa Isabel, 52 Madrid
00 34 91 774 1000

Restaurante Villa Magna Rodrigo de la Calle

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine
Price: From 60€
Top Chef Rodrigo de la Calle has come to the excellent hotel Villa Magna, one of the most luxurious in Madrid to take care of the gastronomic cuisine. The result is a unique menu that is served at the Restaurante Villa Magna Rodrigo de la Calle and has achieved recognition from food critics and customers alike. Top quality products and ingredients are a sine qua non as far as the Villa Magna is concerned, and seasonal vegetables are the star products on a menu that changes with every season. Enjoy all these dining creations accompanied by the best wines and champagnes in their cellar.

www.villamagna.es
Paseo de la Castellana, 22, 28046 Madrid
00 34 915 87 12 34

Estado Puro

Type of Cuisine: Late night
Price: Average 35€ Tasting menu 45€
Paco Roncero, a disciple of Ferran Adriá, is the chef at La Terraza del Casino while indulging in other ventures such as tapas bars, in this case Estado Puro. Classic tapas are revisited with a light yet serious touch: bell peppers with streaky bacon, mushroom ragout, poached egg, pigs’ feet, cuttlefish strips, eggplant with Xeres honey, Galician-style octopus brochettes, 21st-century tortilla, and more.

www.tapasenestadopuro.com
Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, 4
00 34 91 330 2400

Embassy

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
Price: Average 28€
The exquisite combination of recipes from around the world and the excellent treatment Embassy gives customers since its opening in 1931, has made this place an essential meeting point and landmark in Madrid. The restaurant was opened as a Tea Room back in 1931 by Margaret Kearney Taylor. Embassy, which was named after a London club where Mrs Taylor was a member, has since its foundation offered a variety of teas accompanied by exquisite and traditional British pastries and snacks. Nowadays it incorporates a deli and restaurant. You must try the house special; a champagne cocktail.

www.embassy.es
Paseo de la Castellana, 12, Madrid
00 34 91 781 15 94

Nikkei 225

Type of Cuisine: International
Price: Average 47€
At Nikkei 225 Peruvian Luis Arévalo, considered to be one of the best sushimen in the country, serves up a succession of sushi, nigiri, futomaki, tempura, and other creatively handled Japanese classics. Top restaurant and hotel designer Ignacio Garcia de Vinuesa has created this luxurious place in a color palette of white, cream and gold, with its exposed glass enclosed wine cellar, elegant dining room with picture windows facing the street and sushi bar.

www.nikkei225.es
Paseo de la Castellana, 15 28046 Madrid
00 34 913 19 03 90

Café Saigon

Type of Cuisine: International
Price: Average 30€
Restaurant that blends the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with Thai and Chinese influences. The ambiance is cosy and oriental, characterized by its authentic Vietnamese tapestries and furniture as well as delicately wood-carved figures. Café Saigon offers an exquisite menu and fine wine list. Impeccable service and the restaurant also has a lovely summer terrace.

cafesaigonmadrid.com
Calle de María de Molina, 4 28006 Madrid
00 34 915 63 15 66

La Manduca de Azagra

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining
Price: Average 62€
This beautifully designed restaurant, with its refined, minimalist interior by Patxi Mangado, serves delicious Navarran dishes and is a favorite among the media crowd, as well as sportsmen, politicians and even royalty. The restaurant is a pleasure to dine in, it has won the National Prize for Design and the Sola family is very friendly. Try the pimientos de cristal, which are grown at the family estate at Azagra in Navarra.

www.lamanducadeazagra.com
Calle de Sagasta, 14 28004 Madrid
00 34 915 91 01 12

Casa Patas

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
Price: Average 30€
Live flameco dancing, singing, music and good food: The singularity of Casa Patas is the combination of traditional restoration and high quality flamenco performances. The history of Casa Patas is one of the evolution of flamenco through the last decades. The most excellent flamenco names have passed through its doors. Casa Patas takes great care of the quality of its products, respecting at the same time the values of the Mediterranean traditional kitchen. Iberian ham, the best cheeses, and an excellent wine selection are offered next to traditional high-quality Spanish cooking (ox tail, lamb chops and superb home-made desserts).

www.casapatas.com
Calle de los Cañizares, 10, 28012 Madrid
00 34 913 69 04 96

Astrid y Gaston

Type of Cuisine: International
Price: Average 50€
Husband and wife, Gastón and Astrid Acurio, are responsible for the astronomical rise in popularity of Peruvian food with their haute cuisine approach to traditional recipes. On the menu South American country’s fusion food: Tiradiros (Peruvian sashimi or carpaccio), causa (potato pie stuffed to the brim with a variety of fillings) and chupes (a traditional Peruvian soup) as well as cebiches and a range of pisco sours.

aygmadrid.com
Paseo de la Castellana, 13 28046 Madrid
00 34 917 02 62 62

Horcher

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining
Price: Average 100€
The Horcher restaurant is among Madrid’s most classic restaurant. This place offers fine game dishes, excellent service, great views and top ambiance. Horcher has changed little over the years, and has kept its loyal clientele who go there to taste delicacies such as Iranian caviar, foie with truffles, sardine crepes or even a tasty hamburger. There are also some Horcher classic sections on the menu such as soups, salads, eggs and vegetables and ‘Baumkuchen’. Carlos Horcher has German roots and is well experienced in international cuisine, however he has gained most critical acclaim for his game dishes.

www.restaurantehorcher.com
Calle de Alfonso XII, 6 28014 Madrid
00 34 915 22 07 31

Kabuki Wellington

Type of Cuisine: International
Price: 70/150€
Japanese restaurant Kabuki in the Wellington Hotel is renowned for its excellent sushi, fresh fish and quality preparation. It has been awarded a Michelín star in 2009 and has received an award in 2010 for the best Hotel Restaurant. Offering a variety of specialties elaborated by Ricado Sanz who innovatively incorporates Mediterranean influences into the menu with ‘sashimi de toro’ standing out as a favourite. For example, he prefers argan oil and uses a rare tuna instead of the traditional ham in the tosta del toro, a sort of Catalan bread with oil and tomato.

www.restaurantekabuki.com
Calle de Velazquez, 6 Madrid
00 34 915 77 78 77

La Trainera

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
Price: Average 40€
This elegant restaurant with four dining rooms has a tavern style decor, yet it is among Madrid’s best seafood restaurants serving fish brought fresh from the market where the owner has his own stall. Delicious specialties range from rodaballo a la plancha (grilled turbot) to bogavante a la Americana (American-style lobster) and changurro en concha (Basque-style minced crab served in a conch shell). You might want to start off with a platter of fresh mariscos (shellfish) set atop a bed of artfully arranged seaweed.

www.latrainera.es
Calle de Lagasca, 60 28001 Madrid
00 34 915 76 05 75

Bar Tomate

Type of Cuisine: Trendy
Price: Average 25€
Chic tapas to be had here at Bar Tomate, one of Madrid’s most visited tapas bars, a former Chamberi warehouse remodelled into a cool and fashionable restaurant with open-plan kitchen and bar. The look is earthy minimalist with chunky wood tables and brushed steel counters. The menu however is extensive and complex, including shots of Jerez consommé tomate agridulce and asparagus tempura with romesco sauce, but also pizza’s and salad.

www.grupotragaluz.com/bar/tomate
Fernando el Santo, 26 Madrid
00 34 91 702 3870

El Rincon De Goya

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
Price: Average 35€
Restaurant El Rincon de Goya combines contemporary elegance, an intimate setting and fine dining in two very different settings; the bar or the restaurant. Excellent tapas with sixty different varieties like foie gras and Burgos cheese, or cod and bacon. The wine list is extensive with more than 476 different denominations of origin; Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Penedes, Alicante, Toro, Albariño, Champagne etc.

www.restauranterincondegoya.es
Calle de Lagasca, 48, 28001 Madrid
00 34 914 35 76 08

Hotel Atlantico****

Price: From 150€
Hotel Atlantico has a great location on Gran Vía, Madrid’s lively and upscale shopping street, lending it close proximity to , movie theatres, landmark buildings, shopping centres, museums, cafes and restaurants. Its neoclassical building is almost 100 years old an architectural landmark, with an eclectic French style and stately facade. From the French-style cupola tower on the roof exceptional views of Madrid can be enjoyed.

www.hotelatlantico.es
Gran Vía 38, 28013 Madrid
00 34 91 522 64 80

AC Santo Mauro*****

Price: From 220€
Housed in the former residence of the Duke of Santo Mauro, an influential member of Madrid society at that time, the hotel consists of three buildings surrounded by a magnificent garden that makes it an oasis in the heart of Madrid.Located in the exclusive area of Chamberi, surrounded by palaces of time, the Hotel is located next to the main shopping area of the city, the financial area and major tourist attractions.

www.acsantomauro.com
Calle de Zurbano, 36, 28010 Madrid
00 34 913 19 69 00

Eric Vökel Madrid Suites****

Price: From 120€
Eric Vökel Madrid Suites is an incredible and impressive refurbished property, protected because of its historical importance, with 17 apartments. Located right in the heart of the Malasaña district, it gives guests the chance to experience and enjoy the most authentic and characteristic aspects of Madrid. On top of this, the building is just 10 minutes’ walking distance from Puerta del Sol, from Plaza de España, and the Prado Museum, so there’s just one thing left for guests to ask for: “una caña y una tapa” which is to say, a beer and an appetizer.

www.ericvokel.com
Calle de San Bernardo 28015 Madrid
00 34 902 88 36 44

Radisson Blu Hotel****

Small yet chic, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado offers 54 and is located just steps from the Prado Museum & Caixa Forum in Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’, the hotel is a designer gem with modern features such as Free Internet, an elegant indoor pool, spa and gym area. The hotel merges a modern design ethos within a beautiful neoclassic building and offers gourmet dining & bar areas for guests to relax in. Savour innovative Spanish cuisine where ingredients are sourced from local markets at Cask Restaurant or choose from 20 whiskeys at the futuristic bar.
Price: From 119€

www.radissonblu.com
Calle de Moratín, 52 28014 Madrid
00 34 915 24 26 26

Urban Hotel*****

Price: From 190€
Sleek and ultra luxurious 5 star design hotel, in the very heart of the city, Madrid’s well-known Golden Museum Triangle. The decor boasts alabaster, black leather, African masks, benchmark design, and Buddhas. The lobby which opens onto the Glass Bar and the Europa Decó restaurant. The roof terrace has an urban-sleek mini-pool next to the summer Terraza bar. The rooms are decorated in marble, leather, glass, and chrome, and offer all possible amenities and comfort.

urban.madridhotels.it
Carrera de San Jerónimo, 34 28014 Madrid
00 34 917 87 77 70

AC Palacio del Retiro*****

Price: From 200€
This is a beautiful 51-room boutique hotel housed in a building that dates to the beginning of the 20th Century and it is protected by National Heritage. With seven types of rooms, hospitality ranges from the generously sized standard double and a rotunda suite with a Jacuzzi for two to the incredible wood-paneled presidential suite, within the former Oriol library, still piled high with books. The hotel’s restaurant, Indice, is set in the elegant public area of the hotel with privileged views over the Retiro park gardens. The hotel’s menu, inspired by the cuisine of the Mediterranean, stands out for its first-rate preparation of the most traditional dishes in Spanish gastronomy.

www.marriott.com
Calle de Alfonso XII, 14 28014 Madrid
00 34 915 23 74 60

The Westin Palace*****

Price: From 280€
Commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912, the newly restored Westin Palace Madrid is set near the Prado, historic monuments and some of the best tapas restaurants in town. It was ranked as one of the world’s best hotels by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2010 Gold List. Topped by an enormous stained glass dome, the regal building has been a center of Spanish society for almost 100 years. It boasts meeting rooms, restaurants, bars, shops, a beauty parlour and a fitness center overlooking the city. Rooms are exquisitely decorated with antique furnishings and original mahogany and plaster details.

www.westinpalacemadrid.com
Plaza de las Cortes, 7 28014 Madrid
00 34 913 60 80 00

ME Madrid Reina Victoria*****

Price: From 157€
This luxury design hotel is situated in Madrid’s historic Plaza Santa Ana in an impressive 1919 building which once was a favoured hangout for Madrid’s matadors. The hotel offers elegant rooms with 32” plasma TV, home cinema and hydromassage shower. Each room also has an iPod dock, and UK and US plug sockets. The ME Restaurant serves Mediterranean food with international touches. There is also lounge bar the Penthouse with a roof terrace. Pets are welcomed with gourmet menus, walkies, nail care, birthday bashes, the works.

es.melia.com
Plaza de Santa Ana, 14 28012 Madrid
00 34 917 01 60 00

AC Hotel Santo Mauro*****

Price: From 220€
This hotel has retained its villa flavor, with marble fireplaces, Oriental rugs, Art Deco furnishings, and contemporary paintings. Built in 1894 by French architect Louis Legrand, this Neoclassical villa served as an embassy before it became the favourite hotel for movie stars and tycoons. The wonderful wood-paneled library with its thousands of volumes has also been kept intact, but now serves as a restaurant, where chef Carlos Posada prepares an imaginative cuisine. The indoor swimming pool and beautiful garden make this the place for ultimate relaxation.

hotelacsantomauro.com
Zurbano 36, Madrid 28010
00 34 91 319 69 00

Hotel NH Palacio de Tepa*****

Price: From 150€
Located in the Las Letras district, the NH Palacio de Tepa hotel in Madrid is surrounded by history and romance. Just a five-minute walk away guests can visit the famous Plaza Mayor and next to Plaza Santa Ana enchant tourists and locals alike. At the NH Palacio de Tepa hotel, 85 elegantly furnished guest accommodations include unique two-story suites. Each room features singular details reflecting the hotel’s 18th century Spanish architecture, with recent renovations that add modern convenience to historical splendor. Ideal for business and leisure travelers alike, our rooms include luxury amenities such as iPod speakers, Wi-Fi, and gym access.

www.nh-hoteles.es
Calle San Sebastián, 2 28012 Madrid
00 34 913 89 64 90

Villa Magna*****

Price: From 350€
Classic award-winning Hotel Villa Magna combines comfort with modern elegance, and contemporary facilities and services to meet all the needs of the sophisticated traveller. The hotel offers rooms and suites whose appointments seamlessly combine old world charm and modern elegance. Villa Magna is the darling of top-of-the-range guests, perhaps drawn to the cocktails in its very 1950s New York Magnum Bar, or to the subtle offerings of talented Basque chef Eneko Atxa: enormous brio plus a fusion of different Spanish traditions equals flawless cuisine to be enjoyed in the leafy garden when the weather is right.

www.villamagna.es
Paseo de la Castellana, 22 28020 Madrid
00 34 915 87 12 34

Hotel Ritz*****

Price: From 248€
A baroque palace in the heart of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Hotel Ritz was built in 1910 according to the wishes of King Alfonso XIII. This iconic Orient-Express landmark established Madrid as one of the truly great European cities. Ever since, it has welcomed visiting aristocracy and dignitaries with inimitable style and luxury. A lively gathering place for Spanish high society, the hotel’s restaurants and bars are a constant buzz of activity. Its leafy outdoor terrace is especially popular for a traditional summer Sunday brunch following a stroll in the adjacent Retiro Park

www.ritzmadrid.com
Plaza de la Lealtad, 5 28014 Madrid
00 34 917 01 67 67

Hotel Meninas****
Price: From 95€
The Hotel Meninas is in a historic building dating from the nineteenth century. It has been totally refurbished and transformed into a hotel, but still keeping the decorative and structural elements of the epoch when it was built. The hotel is very centrally located and therefore it is very easy to visit the historic part of the city, la “Villa y Corte” (the area of the court and city council). The hotel is near to numerous places of historical, cultural and shopping interest.

www.hotelmeninas.es
Calle de Campomanes, 7 28013 Madrid
00 34 915 41 28 05

Abalu***

Price: From 60€
Located in the heart of Madrid Abalu emerges as a world-class urban boutique hotel and a self-contained destination with a completely original manipulation of space that blurs all ‘normal’ distinctions. Luis Delgado estudio has achieved with this hotel a masterpiece in interior design together with an assembled international collection of furniture and objects. All beautifully conceived rooms are each different in form and function, yet each one creates the feel of a home inside a hotel, where guests can find both jacuzzies and in room spa services and a peaceful haven.

www.hotelabalu.com
Calle Pez, 19 28004 Madrid
00 34 915 31 47 44

Room Mate Óscar***

Price: From 89€
Room Mate Óscar is a design hotel in the centre of Madrid. Located steps from Gran Vía, the hotel is in easy reach of many of the city’s exciting attractions. Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and the renowned Prado Museum are all just 10 minutes away, whilst the Reina Sofia Museum and the Royal Palace are 25 minutes from the Óscar Room Mate hotel. The hotel’s rooftop terrace on the 8th floor combines sweeping city views with a glistening pool and a buzzing poolside bar. A buffet breakfast begins the day at this city-central modern hotel.

oscar.room-matehotels.com
Plaza Vázquez de Mella, 12 28004 Madrid
00 34 917 01 11 73

De Las Letras Hotel****

Price: From 150€
The name Hotel De las Letras pays homage to the world of literature and to pictograms as the primeval elements of written language. The building is included in the city’s heritage register and dates from 1917. It was created by architect Cesáreo Iradier as the home of the Count of Artaza, and was renovated for use as a hotel in 2005 by architects Virginia Figueras and Franco Corada. It comprises 109 rooms, the De las Letras Restaurant, Lounge Bar, a gym and meeting rooms.

www.hoteldelasletras.com
Gran Vía, 11 28013 Madrid
00 34 915 23 79 80

Hotel Hospes Puerta Alcalá*****

Price: From 247€
The five-star jewel in the crown of the Hospes group, this hotel facing the Puerta de Alcalá and the Retiro Park is splendidly appointed. As you enter, the nostalgic and slightly Parisian cachet of the handsome 19th-century building is set off by a contemporary decor of white, chrome, and Plexiglas. The styling of the rooms is more serene, even neutral, but they are all superbly comfortable and refined. Note that those on the top floor have a marvelous view of the park. As for the duplex suites, with a living area below and bedroom and bathroom above, they have the expected whirlpool bath, tropical shower and more.

www.hospes.com
Plaza de la Independencia, 3 28001 Madrid
00 34 914 32 29 11

Hotel Sterling***

Price: From 95€
Hotel Sterling of Madrid is placed in Gran Vía. It is only a short walk to the tourist sites such as to Plaza de España, Puerta del Sol, Royal Palace, Cathedral of La Almudena, Royal Theatre, Plaza Mayor and Barrio de los Austrias (old city centre). The hotel is located on the site of the former Alexandra Hotel. It was created to meet the demands of each and every customer: double, single, triple and quadruple rooms, some of them with terrace, all equipped with the services of a modern three star hotel, and with free wifi and buffet breakfast included.

www.hotelsterlingmadrid.com
Calle San Bernardo, 29, 28015 Madrid
00 34 915 42 04 00

Vincci Soho****

Price: From 71€
Hotel Vincci Soho is a new 4 star modern hotel located in the heart of the historical area of Madrid. Hotel Vincci Soho offers superb accommodation within 177 well appointed stylishly designed guestrooms in this quality Madrid hotel. Hotel Vincci Soho has an excellent host of facilities available to all patrons of this elegant Madrid hotel. Excellent dining, business, leisure and relaxation facilities name but a few of the carefully considered hotel facilities on offer in Hotel Vincci Soho making Hotel Vincci Soho an ideal location for the business or leisure traveller.

www.vinccisoho.com
Calle Prado, 18 28014 Madrid
00 34 911 41 41 00

Salmón Gurú

Type of Cuisine: Late night
Diego Cabrera, born in Argentina, is the owner of Salmón Gurú, a unique cocktail/gastro-bar in Madrid. Fans of mixology (the art of creating cocktails) in Madrid can tell you about Diego Cabrera, Argentinian barmen who has managed to conquer the Madrid audience with his natural charm and an amazing ability to create and innovate. With Salmón Gurú, which he proudly considers his flagship, Cabrera wants to “flee from the obvious” both in the choice of the name and the concept of space and menu.

salmonguru.es
21 Calle Echegaray, Madrid 28014
00 34 91 000 61 85

Teatro Kapital

Teatro Kapital is situated in the triangle between the art museum Bornemisa Thyssen, the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia contemporary art. With 7 separate floors, Teatro Kapital offers different types of music, spaces, decorations and aesthetic, always elegant and exclusive setting qualities that are part of all rooms. The Kapital team constantly organises events to keep you always connected to the latest trends related to night culture, fashion, technology and glamour. Apart from the resident DJs, the main area of ​​Kapital always offers the best DJs in the national and international circuit so that every night is a unique musical event.

www.grupo-kapital.com/kapital
Calle de Atocha, 125 28012 Madrid
00 34 914 20 29 06

El Corte Inglés

Spain’s foremost department store chain offers anything from the latest fashion and accessories, the best designers, the most prestigious Spanish and international brands, to the big names in perfumery and cosmetics, jewellery and watches, as well as everything connected with the home, groceries, electronics and computing, photography, music, books, all types gifts, toys, souvenirs and more. Also on offer a broad range of services including a travel agency, an insurance office and an optician.

www.elcorteingles.es
Plaza de Callao, 2 Madrid – 00 34 913 79 80 00
C/ Goya, 85 – 87 Madrid – 00 34 914 32 93 00
Calle de Preciados, 3 Madrid – 00 34 913 79 80 00

Delitto e Castigo

With its elegant décor and its fusion of fashion, trends and good taste, Delitto e Castigo is acknowledged internationally for its exquisite selection of creators and labels, and above all for offering iconic pieces of each of the men’s and women’s collections it carries. Ranked by Vogue USA as one of the world’s 25 TOP SHOPS, Delitto e Castigo is a big name in fashion and luxury in Madrid and across Spain. It houses top designers like Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, John Galliano, and many more.

www.delittoecastigo.com
Calle de Claudio Coello, 26, 28001 Madrid
00 34 915 77 77 29

Antigua Casa Crespo

Lovely espadrilles, made by fourth generation specialists, proud of the shops history: Antigua Casa Crespo. One of Madrid’s best, in business since 1863 and selling traditional Spanish espadrilles as well as other shoes. Get yourself a pair of these summer-essentials!

alpargateriacrespo.com
Calle del Divino Pastor, 29 28004 Madrid
00 34 915 21 56 54

Poncelet

Poncelet offers a wide variety of European farmhouse cheeses in an elegant environment. Poncelet has been designed by owner Jesús Pombo as an elegant modern shop. “I wanted to create a space where the artisan cheesemakers are the true stars—where, through their cheeses, the consumer takes home something more than a simple nourishing product.” Pombo’s selection of cheeses is unmatched anywhere else in the city.

www.poncelet.es
Calle Argensola 27, 28004 Madrid
00 34 913 08 02 21

Ekseption

This high-end store carries many renowned designer labels such as Dries Van Noten, Louboutin, Céline, Balenciaga, Balmain, Lanvin, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler, among others. The exclusive brands are presented in a glamorous environment with modern decor and prestigious beauty products.

www.ekseption.es
Calle Velázquez, 28, 28001 Madrid
00 34 915 77 43 53

Casa Hernanz

Founded over a century ago Casa Hernanz is dedicated to manufacturing the perfect traditional espadrilles, still on the same premises where they opened in 1840. Casa Hernanz: “Today, due to the spectacular reception of sandals in the fashion world, we can say that we have positioned ourselves as a leader in the market thanks to the wide variety of styles and sizes we offer in our house.”

www.casahernanz.es
Calle de Toledo, 18, 28005 Madrid
00 34 913 66 54 50

Loewe

Loewe is a Spanish luxury fashion house based in Madrid, known worldwide for the creation of top luxury leather goods.A Spanish institution, since 1846 Loewe has been known for its luxury and top quality products, in fine leather goods and men’s and women’s fashion. Loewe was the “Official Supplier to the Spanish Royal Crown” in the early 1900’s, a position well-earned due to their craftsmanship and peerless creations.

www.loewe.com
Gran Vía, 8 Madrid
00 34 915 22 68 15

Grassy

The junction between Gran Vía and Alcalá Street forms the corner of the “Grassy Building” – so called since 1952 when the Grassy jewelry shop was installed at No.1 and came to be of one of Madrid’s most characteristic images. The neon signs of the brands of watches on the façade of the building have told the story of this family business: the first importers of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Audemars Piguet, the exclusive distributors of Piaget and Baume & Mercier and the official agents of Rolex.

www.grassy.es
Gran Via, 1 28013 Madrid
00 34 91 532 1007

Mercado De San Miguel

This is Madrid’s most inspiring and vibrant sprawling traditional food market in a building on the Plaza San Miguel that dates back to 1916. The market offers just about anything Spanish and more, and you can also eat almost anything such as top class paella, hams, cheese, caviar, tapas and churros, or visit the sushi bars, juice bars, oyster bars and coffee bars, or stock up on cookbooks or cooking utensils. After hours, the crowd shifts focus to beers and tapas; the frutería closes and a wine bar draws many a contented shopper or hungry visitor.

www.mercadodesanmiguel.es
Plaza de San Miguel, s/n 28005, Madrid
00 34 915 42 49 36

Moulin Chocolat

Moulin Chocolat makes excellent chocolate and macaroons, butter croissants and cakes. Amazing quality patisserie and chocolatier.

www.moulinchocolat.com
Calle de Alcalá, 77, 28009 Madrid
00 34 914 31 81 45

Helena Rohner

Housed in a 19th-century apartment building, Helena Rohner’s studio is where her organic jewelry designs and home décor items are created and displayed. Rohner creates necklaces, cuff links and rings set with wood and silver, earrings enhanced with coral, and a gold collection with wedding rings made to order. Paul Smith sells a collection of her men’s jewelry. The home-goods collection includes a ceramic tea set and a wood candlestick set inlaid with silver.

www.helenarohner.com
Calle Almendro, 4, 28005 Madrid
00 34 913 65 79 06

Oriol Balaguer

This top pastry shop by Catalan chef Oriol Balaguer offers amazing chocolate and pastries that are considered among the best in the world. Oriol Balaguer worked with El Bulli chef Ferran Adriá for seven years and has won countless including 2001 Best Dessert in the World for his Seven Consistencies of Chocolate.

www.oriolbalaguer.com
Calle Ortega y Gasset, 44, 28006 Madrid
00 34 914 01 64 63

Mercado De La Paz

Lovely traditional food market with a range of top quality products, situated in the Salamanca area of Madrid with almost anything available. Here you find butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, poultry stalls, bakers, and more and their products are all excellent. Some of the vendors supply major restaurants in Madrid and even export.

www.mercadodelapaz.com
Calle de Ayala, 28, 28001 Madrid
00 34 914 35 07 43

La Fábrica

La Fábrica houses a photo art gallery, a concept store, a photography bookshop and a coffee shop. The gallery is open to a new generation of collectors, individual or companies or to those that want just to enjoy art. The gallery has devoted itself to selling original works of National and International artists, classic and contemporary. Some highlights: Editions of great photographers that permit new audiences access to Art for a reasonable price. And each year six exhibitions are held in conjunction with which several activities are organised.

www.lafabrica.com
Calle de la Alameda, 9 Madrid
00 34 913 60 13 25

Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Spain’s national museum of 20th century art. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain’s two greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Certainly the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso’s painting Guernica. Along with its extensive collection, the museum offers a mixture of national and international temporary exhibitions in its many galleries.

www.museoreinasofia.es
Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid
00 34 917 74 10 00

Museo Nacional Del Prado

The Museo del Prado is Spain’s main national art museum, featuring one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art. Founded in 1818 and enlarged in 2007 by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo, the Prado is one of the richest art museums on earth, with an estimated treasure of 7,500 paintings. Of those, only 1,300 are on show at any one time, in semi-permanent displays or thematic exhibitions.

www.museodelprado.es
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 23 28014 Madrid
00 34 913 30 28 00

Museo Del Traje

The Museo del Traje is a museum whose collections are devoted to fashion and costumes. The museum has over 160,000 pieces and documents. Collections date from the Middle Ages until now with clothes by Spain’s contemporary fashion designers. Its origin lies in the Historic Costume Exhibition, held in 1925. In the keynote address at this event, the Count of Romanones raised the idea of making the temporary exhibition permanent.

museodeltraje.mcu.es
Av de Juan de Herrera, 2, 28040 Madrid
00 34 915 50 47 00

El Retiro Park

This symbol of Madrid has its own special charm. Some of the park’s trees even have a history behind them, such as the ciprés calvo (bald cypress) that conquistador Hernán Cortés brought back from Mexico almost 500 years ago. Take a romantic boat ride on the lake, have a drink at one of the twelve refreshment stands, or simply sunbathe on the grass. Shows are held at the Palacio de Velázquez, the Casa de Vacas, and the iron-and-glass Palacio de Cristal, a delightful example of 19th-century architecture and one of the best exhibition spaces in the city.

www.esmadrid.com/en/retiro-park
Calle Alfonso XII

Real Jardin Botanico

The royal botanical garden gives visitors the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of being immersed in nature in the center of Madrid. Here visitors have the chance to see the most diverse collection of plants in all of Spain. While the garden has species dating back more than two centuries for visitors to enjoy, it is also the home to both researchers and botanists. In the fierce summer heat, it is particularly relaxing to sit in the shade of one of its trees. People come here to stroll around, admiring the groves, rotundas, and banks of flowers. The Villanueva pavilion hosts temporary exhibitions generally devoted to architecture and contemporary art.

www.rjb.csic.es/jardinbotanico/jardin/
Plaza de Murillo, 2 Madrid
00 34 91 4203017

Matadero Madrid

A former slaughterhouse in the Arganzuela district of Madrid is home to arts centre Matadero Madrid, a lively, constantly changing space hosting theater and dance performances as well as installations by avant-garde artists inspired by the enormous size of this venue. The space also houses the Central del Diseno, a design center that aims to promote a permanent dialogue between contemporary designers and everyday users of their creations.

www.mataderomadrid.org
Paseo de la Chopera, 14 28045 Madrid
00 34 915 17 73 09

Moncho Moreno

Moncho Moreno has worked with major fashion magazines such as Elle and Vogue, major fashion and advertising photographers and large cosmetic companies like Chanel, Bobby Brown and Yves Saint Laurent. He is currently the director of makeup and hair at major fashion shows and has become an essential reference backstage at the Haute Couture Week in Paris. His broad experience has given Moreno a flair for style that clearly differentiates it from the rest. His naturalness, freshness, class and originality when it comes to makeup are key recognition points currently enjoyed internationally.

monchomoreno.com
Calle de Lagasca, 3, Madrid, E – 28001
00 34 91 431 28 81

Art Lab

Art Lab in Madrid is a reference in the world of beauty and wellness. Their creative team will help you become aware of your assets to enhance your beauty through careful analysis. In their desire to combine the quality of services and care of nature, Art Lab works with the AVEDA brand, whose products are prepared from pure essences of flowers and plants respecting the environment. Art Lab is a unique place where you will find the secret to highlight your beauty.

artlabmad.com
Paseo Rey, 26, 28008 Madrid
00 34 917 58 68 78

Elysium Spa

Located within the NH Eurobuilding Hotel, the Elysium centre specializes in hydrotherapy, fitness and beauty, providing the latest technology with the best musculation and cardiovascular machines; a spectacular dynamic swimming pool surrounded by the most complete elements of hydrotherapy; solarium; collective rooms to enjoy yoga, Pilates and more than 80 weekly classes; massages and the most sophisticated beauty treatments. Elysium houses the best team of professionals at your service, selected and trained to provide you with this unique experience.

www.elysium.es
NH Eurobuilding
Calle del Padre Damián, 23, 28036 Madrid
00 34 913 43 16 80

Palacio Santa Ana by Metropolitan

What used to be the Palacio Santa Ana’s coal cellar is now home to a micro-spa where nothing is lacking: natural oil, chromatic, or cascade showers, ice bath, sauna, hammam, pool, and two face and body massage cabins. There is also a well-equipped gym just upstairs.

clubmetropolitan.net/gimnasio/palaciosantaana
Plaza del Ángel, 6 (Junto al hotel Me de la Plaza Santa Ana) 28012, Madrid
00 34 9 15 23 92 06

Shiatsu Assari

Shiatsu Assari is a pioneer in Spain in the technique of Japanese Shiatsu. Their mission is to provide excellent quality in a pleasant and relaxing environment with the best professional team in the industry. Some of the therapies offered at the center are: shiatsu, physiotherapy, acupuncture, reflexology, facial lifting Japanese or Argan Gold. They also offer workplace wellness services: massage in office, workshops workplace ergonomics and stress management.

www.assari.es
Serrano, 6. 28001 Madrid
00 34 915618540

Cosméticos Paquita Ors

You will receive a thorough examination of your skin here by specialised beauticians, who will then advise you exactly on what your skin needs. The beauty salon offers custom made products, prepared to more than 700 different formulas, providing you with a product for every problem. A great number of extremely pure raw materials are used. Most of them came directly from the pharmacy field. Ways of extraction, standardization and purification of plant extracts are perfected, facilitating the use of botanical active principals with absolute control.

www.cosmeticosors.com
Calle de Velazquez, 20 28001 Madrid
00 34 915 77 85 17

Chi Spa

The two-level Chi Spa has a shop, tearoom, hairdresser, and beauty institute. On the list of treatments a dozen massages, ranging from Tibetan reiki to hot stones from Hawaii, including a special treatment devoted to expectant mothers. Relaxation and escape are guaranteed during the sessions, which last between thirty minutes and four hours. The same attention has been paid to the selection of products that are on sale here: Carita, Decléor, Dermalogica, Dr Sebagh.

www.thechispa.com
Calle del Conde de Aranda, 6, 28001 Madrid
00 34 915 78 13 40

 

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