Sometimes a visit to a big city calls for a stay in a small, boutique hotel that delivers personal service and attention to detail – well I’ve got the one for you. Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, Hotel Único Madrid is small in size but big in personality.
This bijou five-star hotel is located in the exclusive Salamanca district with some of the city’s most high-end shopping, restaurants and bars just steps away! Though the entrance to the hotel, a former 19th-century palace, is still tucked away giving it a private and discreet feel.
Enter the hotel and the first thing you see is the dramatic red sculpture set against a back drop of black and white checked tiles, mirrored walls and high ceilings soaring up this design hotel.
At reception we were greeted with a warm welcome and a chilled glass of champagne was pressed into our hands and we were led up to see our room. One of only 44 in this exclusive boutique hotel.
Our deluxe king room was super chic with smart wooden walls and stylish black and chrome accents. The bed was super comfortable and the room is actually sound proofed so even though Madrid was alive with parties we were still able to get a good night sleep ready to explore the city the next day.
A super comfy seating area forms part of the bedroom and there’s plenty of fashionable magazines to keep you finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the city. Or just to enjoy the big screen TV after a day of sight-seeing.
High ceilings and huge windows mean the room is flooded with light and there’s a Juliet balcony looking over the hotel’s garden – a hidden oasis in the city.
The bathroom is clad in Macael marble and even in this city-centre hotel it is big enough to accommodate a shower and a bath.
Downstairs the hotel’s library is the perfect place to do some work, grab a coffee or get lost in a book.
Or there’s that courtyard garden – for a drink in the sun amongst perfectly pruned bushes and more distinctive artwork.
In the hotel’s basement you’ll find a small but perfectly formed wellness suite where there’s a private room for massages and beauty treatments by Natura Bissé and a well-equipped gym.
The absolute jewel in the crown of this hotel is the gastronomic restaurant by Ramón Freixa. With two Michelin stars, this restaurant is often lauded as the best in Madrid and the renowned chef is dedicated to a culinary ethos of innovation and creativity whilst maintaining tradition. I really love the monochrome look of the dining room with only seven tables and a stunning Venetian mirror on the ceiling – perfect to peer at what other people were eating. Unfortunately because we stayed on a Sunday the restaurant was closed and we headed to the chef’s more informal restaurant, Ático Restaurant by Ramón Freixa at the Principal Hotel.
However, this starry chef is also in charge of breakfast atHotel Único Madrid and as you may expect it’s very good! Guests are welcome to take a seat in the dining room or out in the conservatory overlooking the garden…
A platter of perfectly made sandwiches with Spanish meats and salmon is one delicious breakfast option.
Or there’s pastries, cakes, fresh fruit and yogurt – eggs can be ordered from an a la carte menu too. The restaurant is also known to be one of the best places for Sunday brunch which features an array of freshly made juices and Spanish specials.
If you’re looking for a seriously stylish stay in the Spanish capital, you really need to look no further than Hotel Único Madrid.
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Claudio Coello, 67
Our stay at Hotel Único Madrid was complimentary