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Rosewood Villa Magna, Madrid, Spain
The iconic 1970s luxury hotel has had a makeover to become Rosewood's first property in Spain. Interiors have a mid-century glamour with contemporary colours: dark teal on the walls of the lounge, chocolate in the bar. A restaurant serving northern Cantabrian cuisine is fronted by Jesús Sánchez, who has a three Michelin-starred restaurant outside Santander. There's also an in-house patisserie called Flor y Nata and a traditional Spanish menu in Las Brasas. The rooms have unusual black and white zig-zag carpets and large windows framing the trees of the Paseo de la Castellana. You can enjoy customised massages in the spa, as well as a Turkish hamam and a large hot tub alongside a sauna and experience shower.
The main road south to the Prado has a green central belt with occasional cafes with terraces, which makes for a lovely local walk.
The hotel is in the north of Madrid, with the beautiful Retiro park, featuring a boating lake and rose garden, a 10-minute stroll away.
By plane: there are direct flights to Madrid-Barajas Airport from London (2 hours 20 mins), Manchester (2 hours 40 mins) and Edinburgh (2 hours 45 mins). The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Villa Magna suits well-heeled families and friends. We love the exquisite tapestry behind reception, by embroidery artist Jacky Puzey, which reference the dresses of the 19th-century ladies who would have first entertained here.
Service & Facilities
The enthusiasm of the bar staff for their signature cocktails really makes a drink here something special.
- Two restaurants
- Free Wi-Fi
- Airport shuttle
Anglada House is the hotel's largest suite, located on the top floor and featuring two bedrooms, dedicated living and dining rooms, a private gym and sauna and an expansive private terrace. The French luxury brand Maison Caulieres bath products are a nice touch.
Deluxe, Premier, Gran Premier, Gran Premier Castellana rooms; Junior, Junior Castellana, One Bedroom, Villa Magna suites, Salamanca House, Anglada House
Facilities include: king size bed, ensuite bathroom, Maison Caulieres toiletries, Nespresso machine, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
A great little indulgence is the chocolate and churros on the breakfast menu. Amós is a celebration of Cantabrian traditional cuisine and an experience not to be missed.
Amós: fine dining, classic Cantabrian flavours. Open daily for lunch 1.30pm-3.30pm and dinner, Mon-Sat 8.30pm-10.30pm.
Las Brasas de Castellana: tapas, grill. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from €16.
Flor y Nata: all-day cafe, pastisserie and afternoon tea. Open daily. Mains from €15.
Tarde.o: sophisticated bar & terrace, cocktails and small plates. Open Sun-Wed 5pm-1am, Thur-Sat 5pm-2am. Plates from €7.