“Superb historic building on Gran Vía, boldly restyled to offer colourful, literary-themed bedrooms, a rooftop terrace and a fusion restaurant”
The aesthetic of the 109 bedrooms is a successful combination of Art Deco heritage in modern clothing, courtesy of Virgina Figueras. Onto the high ceilings, parquet floors and wrought-iron balconies of the 1917 structure, she has added vivid colours (each floor has its own scheme) and state-of-the-art fittings (sleek perforated deskchairs, electric-blue angle-lamps, brown velour armchairs, rocket-steel minibars and plasma TVs). Rooms have poems on their dark sienna, blood red or berry blue walls, which are always bold but never, thanks to the spaciousness and light, oppressive.
Bathrooms are determinedly futuristic, double-glazed French windows dampen even the most persistent police siren, and full-height white veils allow you to bask in soft morning sunshine. The turndown service comes with a Spanish poem.
We loved the corner rooms, which offer a curved façade of 3 French windows over Gran Vía; the extra space means they come into the Superior category. We were lucky enough to be in one of these and loved sitting on our tiny balcony gazing at the busy street below. Other Superior Rooms have a distinct sitting area and a separate shower and tub. The smallest rooms, Letras, are a great choice for those on a budget. Superior Terrace Rooms, as you may imagine, have a private terrace with wooden decking. Next up are the Deluxe Terrace Rooms, which boast a Jacuzzi tub outside and a glass-walled wetroom inside. Top of the range is the sumptuous Duplex Suite, which has 2 storeys, 2 terraces (one with a Jacuzzi) and a regal, light-filled sitting room.
Be sure to eat in the Al Trapo restaurant, run by chef Paco Morales who trained under 3-starred Michelin chef Ferran Adrià. It's a sleek, glass-fronted room with abstract red art on its grey walls and egg-shaped lamps hanging from a mobile. You'll find a card with the poem of the month and a novel mix-n-match menu of streamlined, Mediterranean-Asian inspired creations. We loved our meal of veal gizzard with an Asian broth and coconut-milk bubbles followed by soy-milk custard with gingerbread, lemon oil, toffee syrup and white chocolate cream. Dishes are organised into categories such as 'for eating with your hands and licking your fingers’, ‘smooth and elegant' and 'mischievous and spicy'; all looked delicious and wonderfully creative. Note that the restaurant is closed all day Sunday and Monday lunchtimes.
After dinner, move to the adjoining Bocablo Lounge to unwind with a coffee or glass of vino on its sumptuous white sofas. They also have a menu offering light dishes such as wagyu hamburgers and Andalusian flatbread with ensaladilla rusa, which would be ideal for lunch.
Breakfast (not included in the rates) is a buffet serving the usual fare; it may have been simple, consisting of fresh, good quality hot and cold options, but it more than set us up for the day.
Children are welcome and cots are available on request in all rooms. Only Superior Rooms can fit an extra bed for children aged 2-12.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking