Meander in Madrid then lay your head lightly

by Melissa Mellati

Visiting Madrid's Hotel Hesperia
Madrid is best enjoyed from the ground, walking lightly through cobbled streets, admiring the sense of life that relentlessly exudes from the city. The golden metropolis is recognized as a culinary capital, revered for its beautiful architecture, and appreciated by art lovers from around the world.

With innumerable gems lying in wait for the adventurous visitor, it is with much care that one goes about selecting proper accommodation with just the right measure of charm.

Situated near the heart of Madrid and just a stone’s throw from the art lover’s dream of world-class galleries like the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, resides the Hesperia Madrid hotel. The hotel is conveniently located for the business traveller on Madrid’s most prestigious avenue, Paseo de la Castellana and serves as the perfect getaway for anyone looking to experience “the essence of luxury.” Flaunt staff recently had the pleasure of visiting the hotel on a shoot with cover star Penelope Cruz for our Good Times issue.

The stamp of prestigious interior decorator Pasqua Ortega is unmistakable throughout the main floor with open, welcoming spaces, grand venues ideal for meetings and celebrations, and comfortable corners for intimate conversation and midday coffees. Unlike many hotels in the area, Hesperia Madrid’s design is always refined and never gaudy, showcasing the talents of local designer Mercedes Gonzalez López-de-Carrizosa in the main suites which all feature generously spacious rooms complimented by sophisticated finishes.

The hotel is perhaps best noted for its superb gastronomical offerings with Chef Óscar Velasco's two Michelin star winning restaurant Santceloni serving as the crown jewel of the culinary experience.

Worthy of its five stars and high praises, Hesperia Madrid is the perfect oasis after a day spent exploring the narrow streets of the golden city, always with some intriguing museum, shop, tapas bar, or street performer just around the corner.

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