For the past two years we have stayed at the Villa Magna, which is a great world-class five star luxe hotel, built during an unfortunate architectural period of the sixties or so. We loved it there and the food is world class. However it can be noisy due to it's location on a main boulevard.
My wife needs real quiet at night so we switched to this former palace a few blocks away still in the great neighborhood of Salmonica. Those few blocks make all the difference in decibals. This is a great boutique hotel on a quiet street filled with boutiques and restaurants.
On arrival there was a problem with our reservations of a jr. suite and adjoining room. The staff was exceptional in taking care of the problem and upgraded us to a full suite with an adjoining room. Great suite with a unique two person jacuzzi tub. I usually find jacuzzi's useless, underpowered and the jets pointed in the wrong right direction. This one is excellent. The rooms are spacious and quiet with small Juliet balconies.
Staff helpful and friendly. However, when we needed an iron and board, the ironing board that they brought was meant for a lap or something. Not useable and the only flaw that needs correcting and can be corrected by the hotel. However the very helpful housekeeping person let us use the normal size board, apparently reserved for the staff. If you are staying awhile there is a small laundry located one block away in the La Paz marketplace among the fresh fruit and cheese vendors.
The Michelin two star restaurant on the ground floor is simply amazing. Not a place to merely eat but rather a place to taste the most complex flavors in small dishes of unique variety. It pays homage to the high art of Japanese Kaiseki with both it's small pieces of flat black pottery and some of the dishes arranged to look like a piece of a sushi roll for example but with completely new and fresh palate. Only the tiny drop of wasabi as one of seven different flavored drops accompanying the fish tartare appetizer, tasted of Japan. The wine paring of 40Euro brought six different glasses of wine, each perfectly paired with the course. Well worth it and a wonderful addition to a great little hotel.
We will be back. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our “unique” hotel awaits you right on Madrid’s “Golden Mile”. It is housed in a 19th-century palace which was transformed into this luxurious 44-room boutique hotel a few years ago. Its elegant facade conceals a regal interior architecture with modern rooms that boast high ceilings and large windows. An exclusive spacious yet tranquil inner garden-courtyard, with a pleasant open-air lounge area, gives access to the restaurant Ramón Freixa Madrid which has quickly become a “must” in the city, having been awarded 2 Michelin stars and named “Best Restaurant in Madrid” at the prestigious Madrid Fusión event. Such distinctions honour, exceptional presentation, sophisticated table service, an extensive wine list, and high quality with an ongoing quest for excellence make for a uniquely luxurious “gastro experience” in the Spanish capital. Ramon Freixa also orchestrates Único’s superb signature breakfasts. ... more less
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