When my husband and I decided to spend two nights in Madrid my first instinct was to go for a budget hotel. However, we are not the type to 'rough it', and the chance of non English speaking (and rude) front desk clerks, poor matresses, and dark, windowless rooms seemed too risky. As tempting as it was to save some money my better judgement prevailed. This hotel is absolutely beautiful! Yes, the rooms are smaller than we in North America are used to, but what they lack in size is more than made up in charm. Upon arrival we gladly left our bags with the porter to bring up, check-in was a breeze, and after a very long light from Vancouver we were cozy in our beautiful room within minutes. The bed was hands down the best mattress we've ever slept on, the bathroom was beautiful, and the separate w/c (toilet) was appreciated! Our only problem was the lack of hot water the first evening, but that situation seemed to correct itself the following two days. Everyone in the hotel was helpful, and our tipping seemed to be unexpected and greatly appreciated.
We booked the breakfast buffet with our room reservation and found it a wonderful experience. The dining room is beautiful and there is a great selection to choose from (including champagne). The service was good the first day, and only so so the second day, but since it's a buffet that wasn't a huge problem.
Walking a few blocks down to the Del Sol district was a great way to spend the day checking out shops, and some great (albeit crowed) eateries, and try as I might I was unable to find one bad wine! If we ever return to Madrid we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else. Well worth the splurge!
Tip: If you are travelling to Madrid one of the biggest favors you can do yourself is to book transportation from the airport to the hotel (and back) online prior to going. We paid 20 Euro (in total) for a transfer shuttle (van) that would have easily been more than double by taxi. There was one other couple sharing on arrival, and we had the van to ourselves when returning to the airport!
- 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