Stayed at the Gran Melia after Christmas, into the New Year. First impressions were that the hotel is smaller that what I had envisaged (but that could be said for most, given the impressive photography that we are fed in advance of the real thing!).
Our room was a Deluxe and perfectly acceptable, old world luxury. Very comfortable bed and thus I had a good sleep. The Clarins amenities in the bathroom were a welcome touch.
The wood-panelled lounge off the lobby is a really cool place to relax during the day, very sumptuous, with a club-like feel to it. And the lounge food, wow! Very impressive tapas, not your usual dishes. The DRY cocktail bar is also quite glam and exactly the type of bar that one would want in an oldschool luxury hotel.
My only gripe with the Fenix is that it doesn't have a pool or leisure facilities, and I was aware of that before my stay. In this day and age it's vital that top hotels offer the full range of 5* facilities because if they don't then there's another down the road that does. Hopefully the Fenix can develop such facilities some time in the future.
It was a very busy time for the hotel when we stayed and it was operating at full capacity but the staff and service were excellent at all times. Really enjoyed our time in Madrid and at the Gran Melia Fenix.
P.s. you must visit Bar Tomate restaurant nearby, it's a really cool place with a buzzing atmosphere and great food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uniquely located on the Plaza de Colon, the Hotel Gran Melia Fenix is a reference of the finest in the city's hotel industry, and member of the exclusive group of The Leading Hotels of the World. With its famous DRY Cosmopolitan Bar by Javier de las Muelas, it is the foremost example of luxury and service with all of the Spanish charisma.Its magnificent location in the exclusive Salamanca neighbourhood, in the heart of the financial district and surrounded by the famous streets of Serrano, Velazquez, Goya and on the Paseo of la Castellana. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Melia Fenix Hotel Madrid
- Gran Melia Madrid
- Gran Melia Hotel Madrid