i had always promised myself I would return to Madrid after an all to brief stay in 2007.
While not in the heat of the touristy action, the Intercontinental is perfectly located for those who like a bit of luxury in a quieter part of town. A short taxi ride or metro hop to the famous Museum Mile or Plaza Mayor, it's also a 10-15 minute walk to Calle Serrano which ahs several good restaurants and all the high end boutiques you could need.
The hotel is plush in an old school way, complimented by the charming and always knowledgeable staff. Travelling as a solo woman for this trip, from the moment I was collected at the airport through to check in at the Intercontinental's Club lounge and beyond, I was made to feel special. The hotel I suspect is one of the busiest in Madrid and during my stay hosted an international conference of government ministers, a wedding and a communion as well as other events over my four night stay, so there was always something happening in the lobby and around.
The rooms are large by European standards with big comfortable beds, a pillow menu, tea and coffee facilities and some like mine have a small balcony with chairs and a table. The bathroom is equally spacious with a proper bathtub and elemis amenities. A word about the bed and pillow - one word, sublime. I slept so well I almost missed an appointment one morning and as a habitual light sleeper, that's an achievement.
The Club lounge is seriously great. The compact breakfast buffet includes the usual cheeses and cold cuts, juice and coffee as well as hot items which change daily, but a supplemental menu allows you to order eggs any way (try the spanish omelette), bacon and grilled tomatoes and the assortment of pastries, muffins and donuts tested my diet resolve daily. Snacks are available throughout the day as well as a selection of wine and afternoon tea sees cakes and other morsels brought out. The traditional evening drinks (wine, sherry, cava) come later than most (it is Madrid after all) with a selection of tapas and other items. The Club team from the desk staff through to the waiters were very helpful.
Back to the services, I tried the spa, which I was told was in a temporary location until a new one is built. The young Argentinian therapist was knowledgeable and well trained and soothed some of my tourist-related foot problems. The gym attached to the spa is small but functional and for business travellers, open 24 hours.
I only had a chance to sample the bar on the ground level of the hotel which was excellent and quite lively at times. Being Madrid, I took the advice of the staff and headed out and about for sustenence. The concierge team recommended two excellent restaurants serving regional cuisine as well as several great boutiques and stores to satisfy my shopping urges. They even helped with booking tickets to museums and other advice.
They along with the hotel's GM Manrique Rodriguez and the rest of the team basically helped me plan my entire time in Madrid and made my stay truly memorable. I'll be back for sure...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The InterContinental Madrid hotel is a cosmopolitan retreat that opens up the real charm and passion of this vibrant city. A sense of occasion takes over the minute you step into our marble-lined lobby, where a sumptuous brunch is served on Sundays. Fine dining, award-winning business facilities and a 24-hour gym make the hotel a destination in itself. Salamanca's high-end fashion boutiques are a short distance from the hotel, as are Madrid's world-class museums. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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