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Gran Hotel Inglés, Madrid, Spain
This is the oldest luxury hotel in Madrid, opened in 1886. In its 20s heyday it saw writers such as Ernest Hemmingway and Virginia Woolf gather with celebrity bullfighters to enjoy its 'modern' luxuries. Uniquely positioned in the heart of Madrid's characterful Barrio de las Letras - a stone's throw from Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía, the Prado Museum and Retiro Park - but tucked away on an unassuming street, the hotel has been completely refurbished with interiors by American designer David Rockwell to bring back all the glamour of the 20s with contemporary comfort. The Casa Lobo restaurant serves excellent Spanish food and wine, while the small Sisley Spa offers specialised treatments.
We love walking the narrow neighbouring roads in the evenings when Madrileños spill out of the tapas bars onto the street in noisy conversation.
La Venecia, Madrid's oldest sherry bar is across the street from the hotel - simply perfect!
By plane: there are direct flights to Madrid-Barajas Airport from London (2 hours 20 minutes), Manchester (2 hours 40 minutes) and Edinburgh (2 hours 45 minutes). The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport.
Style & Character
This hotel is perfect for romancing couples who will enjoy the in-room tubs. The original 19th-century columns in the central bar are stunning.
Service & Facilities
Take a walking tour of the area with the head concierge and find out about the best places to eat and drink.
- Free Wi-Fi
The Meller suite is fantastic - it has a spa bath on the outdoor terrace. Inside the wardrobes you'll find wallpaper created out of a collection of postcards received by the hotel in the early 20th century - a nice touch.
Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Superior, Executive, Premium rooms, Junior, Meller, Echegaray, Presidential, Royal suites
Facilities include: ensuite with shower, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
We love the excellent Spanish wine selections in Casa Lobo. The stewed bull tail cannelloni with Jerusalem artichoke mousseline and marrow is rich and flavoursome.
Casa Lobo: fine dining, contemporary traditional Spanish cuisine. Dishes from €10.
Lobbyto: casual, live music, small plates and snacks. Plates from €5.