The 1912 palatial hotel was built on the former site of the palace of the Duke and Duchess of Medinaceli. A string of famous guests have stayed here from Salvador Dali to novelist Isabel Allende and movie director Richard Attenborough, but well-heeled business travelers tend to dominate. The entrance hall, decorated with murals of Italian Renaissance gardens, leads through to Rotunda Hall crowned with an Art Nouveau glass dome.
Amenity highlights: Club Neptuno fitness center is open 24-hours daily, and offers views over Retiro Park. The 18 modular meeting rooms are all soundproofed and some are wood-paneled with Venetian chandeliers.
Insider tip: Just 1.5 kilometers from the hotel is the fabulous Filmoteca Nacional (National Film Academy) – where a small fee wins entrance to a rich choice of art house cinema, including matinee performances and original language versions. Less high-brow, just 200 meters from the hotel, guests can explore the Hertas district, and its maze of tapas bars.
Plaza de las Cortes, 7
Spain & Canary Islands
Nearest major airport:
Madrid, Spain (MAD-Barajas)
La Rotonda – International and Spanish cuisine is served at this informal, semi-circular restaurant, surrounding the great dome beneath the Palace Bar. A buffet is served here for lunch. There is a la carte dining in the evening.
Wine Cellar – Over 700 Spanish and international wines are laid down in this small tasting room adjacent to the Rotonda.
Palace Bar – Set in the most dramatic room of the hotel, the bar is dominated by the Art Nouveau stained-glass dome with its flower motif, from which a large chandelier is suspended. Cocktails (particularly dry martinis or a choice from over 700 wines in the adjoining cellar) are enjoyed day long by guests firmly ensconsed in the green-leather armchairs or navy-blue divans. Live piano music is played for afternoon tea.
In city center
In business district
NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST
Prado Museum – 1 block
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum – 1 block
Reina Sofia Art Center – 2 blocks
Botanical Gardens – 2 blocks
Retiro Park – 3 blocks
Grand Via – 4 blocks
Puerta del Sol – 4 blocks
Plaza Mayor – 4 blocks
Royal Palace – 5 km (3 miles)
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – 5 km (3 miles)
Plaza de Toros (bullring) – 5 km (3 miles)
Juan Carlos Exhibition Center – 11 km (7 miles)
Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD): Approximate driving time is 30 minutes and distance is 15 kilometers (9 miles).
Minibuses and taxis are available for transfer from the airport to the center of Madrid. Metro line 8 also serves the airport and takes passengers into central Madrid.
The extensive Metro system connects the hotel with the rest of central Madrid within 10 minutes. The Underground station closest to the hotel is Banco de Espana. There is also a wide choice of buses. The hotel can order taxis on request.
Tax of 7% is not included in the price but will be added at the time of payment.
Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Rollaways and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests made via this Web site cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.
Small pets only
Check-in time is Noon
Pet fee charged at hotel/condo
Check-out time is Noon
The 18 modular meeting rooms and banquet lounges are soundproofed and equipped with microphones and audio-visual systems. Their total capacity is 800. Medinaceli Lounge, at 418 square meters, is the largest. The smallest rooms – Hemingway Lounge (42 square meters) and Mata Hari Lounge (55 square meters) are named after former hotel guests. In all meeting rooms, remote control digital touch screens operate automatically operating curtains, screens and ISDN Internet connections. Some of the rooms are wood-paneled, with Venetian chandeliers. All benefit from natural daylight.
The business center on the ground floor, adjacent to the front desk, has telephone and fax services, high-speed Internet access (surcharge) , telephone booths, and meeting area. Mobile phones are available for hire, and secretarial and translation services are available.
Club Neptuno fitness center is open 24-hours daily, and located on the seventh floor, offering roof-top views across the Buen Retiro Park. There are around 20 cardiovascular and strength-building machines, free weights, a sauna, sunbed, and massage. Juices and light snacks are sold in the center’s bar, where there are also international newspapers and magazines, and satellite television.
R’diffusion beauty treatments, including facials, massage, epilation, manicure and pedicure, are available on the sixth floor. A small hairdressers of the same name is located on the second floor.
See a list of property amenities
Massage – treatment room(s)
Room service (24 hours)
Internet access in public areas – surcharge
Cell phone/mobile rental
Number of rooms: 466
24-hour front desk
Babysitting or child care
Coffee in lobby
Air-conditioned public areas
Restaurant(s) in hotel
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Limo or Town Car service available
Meeting rooms (small groups)
Internet access in public areas – wireless
Safe-deposit box – front desk
Shopping on site
Medical assistance available
Dry cleaning service
Airport transportation (surcharge)
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
Hypo-allergenic bedding available
Internet access – surcharge
Iron/ironing board (on request)
In-room safe (accommodates laptop)
Cribs (infant beds) available
Premium TV channel(s)
Internet access – dial-up
Extra towels/bedding in room
This hotel has 466 guestrooms, all of which have been equipped with sound-proofed carpentry and double-glazed windows. All rooms are decorated in a classic but comfortable style with air conditioning, digital telephone system, voicemail, and modem Internet connections (surcharge). The Heavenly beds offer a custom-designed pillow-top mattress set, topped by a down comforter and five queen and king size pillows to maximize comfort. The marble bathrooms have anti-mist mirrors, razor adaptors, and bathrobes.