The newly-constructed, award-winning Hotel Urban 5* Grand Luxe is in the heart of Madrid, strategically-placed in the city’s “Golden Triangle”, formed by the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Fundación Reina Sofia. Mere moments away from some of the city’s best bits, for tourists, it’s the perfect base from which to explore all that Spain’s capital has to offer. Turn left and you’re heading towards the likes of Puerto del Sol, the city’s most famous and central square (a bit like London’s Times Square – and just as busy), Paseo del Prado for all your shopping needs, and Plaza Mayor, another square where you can shop stalls and kick back in cool cafes (preferably with with churros and coffee). Turn right and you’re on your way towards the city’s lush botanical gardens and Almudena Cathedral. A taxi ride from the airport takes around 20 to 30 minutes and costs approx €30.
Chic, sleek and modern – with an arty twist. It’s an impressive building; sky-high (sleeping on the top floor feels like it sleeping in the clouds), complete with a rooftop pool (a must) and glass everywhere you turn, creating the illusion of yet more light and space. Art is everywhere; around every corner and in every room. See how many one-of-a-kind Chinese, Hindu and African pieces you can spot – all of priceless historical and artistic value. There’s also a dedicated spot showcasing a special collection of Papua New Guinea art, including jewellery and ritual objects, such as knives and yam masks. The hotel atrium is one of our favourite spaces – an oasis of calm where you can recline, relax and literally look up to the sky thanks to a glass roof. On a summer’s day, the sun streams in, flooding the ground floor with warm, sparkling light. Say hello to the striking wooden totem poles.
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The six-floor hotel is home to 96 gorgeous guest rooms, ranging from superior rooms and junior suites, to junior suite duplexes, suites and loft-style spaces. They’re all spotless and gorgeously-designed, with luxury marble bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, generous walk-in wardrobes and large, plush beds you can sink in to after a day of exploring. We felt at home in a stylish superior room, but honeymooners looking to go all out should definitely consider taking a suite loft or an elegant junior suite duplex, which are more like mini two-floor apartments with a VIP edge (hello designer furniture and special guest services). There are eight suites to choose from, all offering great views of the city. A siesta in the afternoon is a must, especially after a day of sightseeing, so kick off your shoes, jump in the tub (all rooms have one), get some shut-eye, or take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and get online to share some pics (trust us, there’s plenty to Instagram).
It seems Hotel Urban isn’t just a place for five-star sleep. It’s also somewhere to spoil yourselves with good food and some serious chill-out time. There are two places to dine; CEBO Madrid Restaurante, which has one Michelin star to its name, and Glass Mar. Headed up by renowned chef, Aurelio Morales, the restaurant serves up creative Mediterranean cuisine, made with seasonal produce. Due to overwhelming popularity with visitors and locals, it’s nearly always packed – so book up as early as possible. Dining at the hotel’s restaurant and bar, Glass Mar, is a more relaxed affair. A chap called Ángel León – often referred to as the “chef of the sea” – is responsible for the menu, which offers up small, delicate plates, designed for sharing. Tapas, with a fishy twist. The effortlessly-glam spot is always relaxed, regardless of the time of day, and there’s plenty to see as you feast – who knew a giant whale skeleton could be such a talking point? Couples visiting during the summer months shouldn’t ignore La Terraza del Urban; head to the roof, take a seat under the sun, sip cocktails and enjoy a mix of sweet and savoury tapas. Oh, and while you’re up there, why not take a tip in the rooftop pool. Just dreamy.