Madrid is the capital city of Spain and is tough to navigate and the people are not happy (27% unemployment would make that understandable). There are plenty of demonstrations and government workers to keep you on your toes. So when you are not on the streets, you want a place to chill out with a great location.
Located minutes from the park (great place to run and walk around) and the city center, the Palace offers decent rooms and a very comfy bed. The place is 100 years old so don't expect modern wonders but they do the best they can.
The restaurant is the visual highlight of the property and it is where you will have a buffet breakfast each day. Beautiful glass ceiling adorned with butterfly's (some have keys) and plenty of orchids around. Breakfast is quite good, and so is dinner. The adjacent bar is roomy and offers great drinks and snacks.
The fitness center is decent with a very nice locker room. There is no spa and there is no pool. So there really isn't anywhere to relax outside of your room. However, there is a nice massage place within five minutes that offers great massages for $75Euro.
Overall service is very good. We did walk nearby to the Ritz to check it out (not related to the Ritz-Carlton) and had a drink. The Ritz is much more elegant (afternoon tea is a big event here) and they offer a pool along with a huge outdoor restaurant (open in good weather only). But for a city that hardly smiles, the Westin is the smart choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built by order of King Alfonso XIII in 1912, The Westin Palace, Madrid was recently restored to its original splendor. Situated near the Prado museum, historic monuments and some of the best tapas restaurants in town, It is listed in the Condé Nast Traveler "Gold List 2010" as one of the best hotels in Spain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Palace Madrid Hotel Madrid
- Westin Madrid
- Madrid Westin
- Westin Palace Madrid