This charming, tranquil unimposing hotel is a wonderful example of quiet luxury. It is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This is one of Madrid's priciest options, but you won't be disappointed. We had a Jr. suite, but all the roooms are spacious. Our room had a large shower and no tub so if that is a concern specify that you want a tub. We had two vessel sinks. The room looked like a modern NYC loft and was more Design Within Reach than Ikea. It has thick bountiful towels, robes, and a heated towel rack. They give you generous supplies of Acqua de Parma personal products so if you forget or run out of your shampoo, body gel, conditioner or body lotion, you are in luck. One of my favorite characteristics is that the staff is unobtrusive in providing excellent services. Our room came stocked with a mini fridge and the goodies were free. I have only two suggestions. In an attempt to provide atmoshperic lighting, there simply is not enough of it. They need brighter bulbs in the bathroom and desk area. The rooms on the inner courtyard can be dark. Request a room facing the park to solve this issue. There should be a mirror and good lighting over the desk. Like many women I prefer putting my makeup on seated at a dressing table. I always bring my own travel magnifying mirror, but a larger wall mirror is helpful and good lighting is a neccesity. This is an easily corrected fault. Still this is a male dominated culture, and women's needs are not in the foreground. The buffet breakfast is expensive but yummy. It is top quality. There are generous portions of their Iberian ham, Spanish cheese, a home blended yogurt, pastries and breads. Hot items like cooked sausage and egg dishes may be ordered and are included. They also serve smoked salmon but alas there are no bagels. We saw bagels elsewhere in Madrid and see no reason why they could not be on the menu here. Still this is the kind of hotel that would try to meet any need the guest expresses. Madrid like all of Europe is expensive for Americans, but this hotel is in line with other prices. If you are thinking of staying at the Ritz , but want to avoid the stuffines, you will get the same over the top service here. This hotel is not walking distance to the Prado or the Queen Sofia. It is close to the high end shopping streets. Everything is so expensive here that one can buy the items for the same price or less back home. All I bought was a scarf that I wanted at one of the big name stores from Paris. I bought some $100 leather shoes and $35 rubber rain boots that had a fashionable treatment at the top. We purchased an art book at the Prado that we couldn't get elsewhere. This is not a shopping destination. It is an art destination. In order to enjoy ourselves we had to ignore the prices on the menus or we would have driven ourselves crazy. Any decent and even not so decent resaurant is expensive here. Food has gotten better in Spain over the years. Here in Madrid when we tire of Spanish ,we eat italian or something else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palatial home built in the beginning of the 20th century converted into a discreet 50 room luxury hotel. Unique building protected by National Heritage status where you can enjoy the pleasure of resting in one of the historic buildings of the centre of the city, located in front of the famous Retiro Park and close to the Paseo de Recoletos. It occupies the centre of the magical Art Triangle, Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection and Reina Sofia National Art Museum. Ideally located in the centre of the cultural, financial and business area. A full service business centre, counting with 5 meeting rooms of different sizes equipped with internet WIFI system makes of the AC Hotel Palacio del Retiro, Autograph Collection the ideal venue for holding meetings, conferences and celebrations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ac Palacio Del Retiro, Autograph Collection Hotel Madrid
- Ac Hotels Madrid
- Ac Hotel Madrid