What We Love
- Dining at the intimate two-Michelin-star Santceloni restaurant
- Close to Salamanca’s elegant streets and posh boutiques
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Advance reservations are recommended for Santceloni restaurant, especially on weekends
- Downtown Madrid is a cab ride away
- Breakfast is served until 12 p.m. on Sundays
- While pet-friendly, the hotel charges a fee per pet per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Within strolling distance of Salamanca’s elegant streets and posh boutiques, the Hesperia Madrid is a luxe hotel with a two-Michelin-star restaurant. Revamped by lauded interior designer Pascua Ortega, the ground floor is built around a sleek, light-flooded atrium and is home to an impressive whisky bar and an upscale sushi restaurant. The hotel has enlisted big name Spanish designers to take charge of the interiors. Erico Navazo is the man behind the 171 guest rooms, which combine a warm taupe and cream color scheme and funky furnishings, including leopard-print armchairs and red leather headboards. The 32 Suites (designed by Mercedes Gonzalez López-de-Carrizosa) offer living areas (with chaise longues), artwork in heavy gilt frames, and views of El Paseo de la Castellana. Food is at the heart of the hotel, and its showpiece is the two-Michelin-starred Santceloni restaurant, helmed by Spanish chef Oscar Velasco. Despite the accolades, it serves dishes to be enjoyed, not worshipped, and the intimate dining room has just 45 covers. The set menus are on the pricey side ($195 to $235); highlights include smoked ricotta ravioli with anchovies, olives and caviar, and white veal knuckle with creamed potato. Save room for the stupendous cheese board, which is loaded with more than 70 different types. For all-day dining, La Manzana serves laid-back seasonal dishes. For a digestif head to the Scotch Bar, where you can sip your way through 70 kinds of spirits, including an impressive selection of whiskies.
In the Area
Madrid’s main square, Plaza Mayor, is a short taxi ride away. Just off the square you’ll find Botin, reputedly the world’s oldest restaurant, and the San Miguel food market. The Avenue of Art is home to three of the world’s greatest museums: the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Take a tour of the Royal Palace, and don’t miss the Palacio de Comunicaciones (post office) to marvel at the exquisite architecture. For sports fans, majestic Bernabéu Stadium is within easy reach. For an urban stroll, head to Madrid Rio, a six-mile urban park that runs along the banks of the Manzanares River, built atop a sunken six-lane highway.
How to Get There
I arrived to my room one evening to find a water leak coming form the bathroom ceiling onto the vanity area. It was enough water that a good part of my toiletries got soaked. The staff were informed of the leak but nobody called in to check how my room was or if there was any damage to personal belongings. Not very good service.
Lovely common areas, large comfortable rooms with great beds. Modern clean, with very nice bathroom. Large variety of foods for breakfast with great wait staff. Upscale part of Madrid. Service by all of the staff was wonderful including the cleaning staff. Burst rate hotel
There was no water when we back to hotel, we called and waited until 12, the water finally resumed. We had to shower around midnight given our flight is 9 in the morning. Moreover, the water was going down really slowly, I had to close the shower head in case the water went out. We both are frustrated and disappointed.