A former palace nearly destroyed by the Spanish Civil War, the glorious InterContinental Madrid is now restored with thoroughly modern amenities. Tops are a spa sanctuary, the delightful indoor-outdoor El Jardin restaurant, and one of Europe’s friendliest – and well-informed – hotel staffs. One bellman divulged how much time to devote to the Prado (at least four hours), while a breakfast waiter recommended the terrific Sorolla art museum next door, and the concierges knew the best ham sandwiches in every neighborhood in town.
Paseo de la Castellana, 49
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Suburba n Suites
Fun as Madrid may be, it can also be frenetic. Those who long for a bit of quiet, especially with the intention to linger awhile, have at their call the all-suite Mirasierra Suites Hotel, a contemporary high-rise and member of the Preferred Hotel Group in the Ã¼ber upscale neighborhood from which it takes its name. A 10-minute taxi ride (or even shorter metro trip) to the city center, the hotel offers commodious rooms lavishly outfitted with marble, fine woods, and the most up-to-date decor and technology options. Asian in atmosphere, the Mirasierra’s use of space and light serve as a backdrop to top-notch five-star service. Be sure to book the Juban Club rooms, an even more deluxe hotel within a hotel, offering such indulgences as a selection of aromatic bath products and essential oils, not to mention a bar booked with the finest wines. All guests receive free access to the gym and spa.
Calle Alfredo Marquerie, 43
+34 91 727 79 00
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The Chi Spa exudes Zen tranquility with a Spanish accent, a luxurious enclave specializing in Aryuvedic treatments to detox and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit. Asian-inspired decor and clean architectural lines soothe – though not as much as treatments like the walnut buff, a collagen facial combined with a curative seaweed wrap.
Conde de Aranda, 6
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Every Sunday, the InterContinental Madrid’s classy lobby is magically transformed with conversation areas swapped out for a massive round table overflowing with brunch fare – from sassy soups to hearty roasted chicken to strawberries dipped in chocolate. To set the mood for this daytime dining extravaganza, a tuxedoed pianist masterfully plays Mozart while elegantly dressed waiters busily attend to every diner’s needs. Just leave room for the crÃ¨me brulee.
Paseo de la Castellana, 49
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Yearn to take part in the art of the tapeo? That is, the relentless ramble from tavern to bar, pausing just long enough to sip some sherry and nibble on a bit of jamÃ³n. Had the urge, but just not the courage to walk right in and belly up to the bar? Not sure what to order or where to go next once you finish your small bites? No worries. Instead, gain your training from an expert tapador who will take your around town, show you the ropes, and tutor you in tapas basics. We love the fine ta pas teachers at Adventurous Appetites, LTD. A big bonus by starting a Madrid stay this way: One night of schooling will literally turn you into a tapas pro.
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One Stop Shop
Simply the most chic and compact department store you have ever set20your go-go booted feet into, Isolee is situated in the trendy Salamanca neighborhood. To wander through is truly an aesthetic experience, whether one is looking or buying. Not only is this a clothing store with wear wares to drool over, but the fanciful store is a standout for new eyeglasses, too. And snacks if you are so inclined. Following your shopping expedition, swill a glass of Champagne at Atelier Moet, conveniently located on the premises.
Claudio Coello, 55
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