A gorgeous new hotel in the heart of the action
Now I’ll be honest, I don’t typically like chain hotels as I feel they’re seriously lacking in charm or character. But there are chains and then there are exceptional hotel groups and the NH Collection is most definitely the latter. Part of the NH Collection hotel group, the NH Collection Madrid Gran Via is a stylish new four-star hotel located on the buzzing Gran Via, Madrid’s busiest shopping avenue.
The seriously cool decor in the lower lobby and the reception lounge. See if you can spot which one is my husband...
There is a decidedly cool vibe that runs throughout the hotel from the funky art prints featuring animals donning stylish clothes to the graffiti style paint in the lobby lounge to the ultra-chic rooftop patio with its understated elegance, which combined create a fabulous ambiance.
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 world's comfiest bed in sleek and sexy room 606
The real draw of the room is its expansive wrap-around private balcony, which afforded us with incredible views of Madrid’s main street, the Gran Via. If we hadn’t had mini Miln in tow, we most definitely would have enjoyed a glass of vino on the balcony, watching the action unfold below.
Starting our day right with a tasty breakfast
Picalagartos, the onsite restaurant located on the 7th floor, is lovely and has both indoor and outdoor seating options.
The menu devised by chef Javier Muñoz-Calero pays homage to Spanish cuisine and seasonal produce and features traditional Spanish tapas dishes (ham croquettes, sausages, salted meats, etc.) as well as a selection of mains. We devoured the succulent sirloin in mixed herbs, which was perfectly seasoned with a chimichurri style sauce. Paired with thick-cut homemade fries and fried jalapeños, it was divine. The baked hake with a delicate saffron sauce was light, flaky and equally delicious.
The Picalagartos Madrid Sky Bar
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
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