A gorgeous new hotel in the heart of the action
There are 93 rooms in the hotel, including Superior, Junior and Premium Suite options. We stayed in Room 606, which although petite, was a sexy little number with an understated colour palette consisting of ash-coloured wood panelling and flooring, a chic midnight blue sofa, a sage green rug and crisp white bedding. The room is equipped with black-out blinds and a sliding door partition, which separates the bedroom from the living area, so you’re ensured a peaceful night’s sleep – something we’ve been seriously lacking the past 11 months!
The bathroom was gorgeous and had a huge shower that could have comfortably fit four people (not that we tried mind you), with an overhead rain shower and a handheld shower. We also found the pair of sinks came in very handy as we used one exclusively for washing the baby's bottles (needs must and all that jazz). The hotel provides a large selection of fabulous own-brand toiletries, including additional toiletries you wouldn’t normally receive such as a deep conditioning hair mask. They also provide a Black Mambo hairdryer, which is much better than those terrible wimpy wall-mounted hair dryers that some hotels still insist on using.
Food and drink
Breakfast, which is served buffet style, was fab. Options on offer included made-from-scratch omelettes, Spanish omelettes, fresh fruits, meats and cheeses, breads and a pastry bar.
Picalagartos, the onsite restaurant located on the 7th floor, is lovely and has both indoor and outdoor seating options.
The heart of the hotel is the Picalagartos Sky Bar, the rooftop patio bar where trendy locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy cocktails and unparalleled views of the city. Lush greenery cascades over one section of the patio, making for gorgeous ‘Instagramable’ shots and low sofas and tables scattered throughout provide the perfect place to relax as you gaze at the city below. One of our friends who is a local informed us there isn’t a better view to be had, so we’ll take her word for it!
Venturing further afield
Madrid is easy to explore, whether you’re on foot or by hop-on, hop-off tour bus and there is a wealth of things to see and do – even if you have limited time in the city. Must-see highlights include Retiro Park (one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever laid eyes on), San Miguel Market (an upscale foodie market that welcomes more than 10 million visitors per year) and the world-famous Prado Museum, which is only a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The popular shopping street Calle Fuencarral and the Chueca and Malasaña neighbourhoods renowned for their bars, are all within easy reach.
If you’re looking for a cool hotel with seriously friendly staff located smack in the middle of Madrid, it can’t be beat.
Prices during the month of October start from €230 in a double room without breakfast.
NH Collection Madrid Gran Via
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A summary of our stay at NH Collection Madrid Gran Via
*During my visit I was hosted by the lovely team at NH Collection Madrid Gran Via. All opinions and photography are my own.
Our experience overall
Food and drink: ★★★★
Staff attentiveness/friendliness: ★★★★★