In a few days I will be leaving for Madrid, exploring the beautiful city. Thus, I put together two hotel recommendations for a long weekend.


NH Collection Madrid Colón

Newly refurbished, the NH Collection Madrid Colón, formerly known as NH Madrid Sanvy, is in the heart of the exclusive Salamanca neighborhood. It is footsteps from the high-end shops and restaurants along the ‘Golden Mile’ and the city’s best museums and galleries are within easy walking distance, too. The elegant 1950s building is the work of renowned Spanish architect Luis Gutiérrez Soto and is also home to Platea, Madrid’s new Michelin-starred gastronomic space.



The hotel’s newly renovated restaurant offers assorted tapas, snacks and gourmet meals daily. At the 99 Sushi Bar, with direct entrance from the hotel, you can watch the chefs prepare classic and contemporary Japanese dishes while you wait. You can also soak up the sun on our 4th-floor terrace, take a dip in our outdoor pool or burn off a few calories in the hotel gym. The NH Collection hotels always exceeded my expectations, which make them a safe choice.

NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa

This one would have been my favorite choice, but unfortunately it exceeded my travel budget. The NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa hotel is set in a beautiful 19th-century palace designed by the architect of the Plaza Mayor, Juan de Villanueva. It is in the Barrio de “Las Letras” neighborhood, the historic center of Madrid’s literary scene. Just a short stroll away you will find some of Spain’s most famous monuments such as the the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, and the Madrid de los Austrias.

  • In one of Madrid’s most cultural areas
  • Short walk to the Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace as well as the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia museums
  • Receiver of a European Hotel Design Award in 2012, in the category of Renovation & Restoration after the complete rehabilitation of the building by Ramón Esteve
  • close to Sol, Antón Martín, and Tirso de Molina metro stations

The Palacio de los Condes de Tepa also occupies the site of the former Fonda de San Sebastián, the habitual meeting place for one of the most lively 18th century literary gatherings, with Nicolás Fernández de Moratín, Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, José Cadalso, and Iriarte as regular members.




So, next time you will read or hear from me will be when I arrived in Madrid.


photo credits: NH Hotel Group, Ayre Gran Hotel Colón