My hotels of my Madrid!

So, we have stayed at hotels of course; we know that if we travel. However, not written a page on them for Madrid,why? Well because with family we do not need to rent hotels! However, we did stayed in some , because we were many and wanted some indépendance… or a business trip that company paid so no need to bothered the family. Here are those we do have stayed in my Madrid!

Let me start with the business layovers in my Madrid and tell you a bit on the Ayre Gran Colon Hotel and the Westin palace.

The Ayre Gran Colon Hotel is at calle Pez Volador corner with calle Doctor Esquerdo very close to metro line 9 of Sanz de Baranda coming from the airport


Very nice hotel, well located (bus – metro) nearby, competent and very pleasant staff, very well insulated despite the nearby road, recommended for visiting Madrid, either with family or as a couple. Warm welcome, spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned, clean room and quiet establishment.

Official webpage of Ayre Gran Colon Hotel: Official Gran Hotel Colon

The Westin Palace,the hotel of my business conference and all was a treat, a glamorous entry into my historical Madrid. One of the memories. A classic amongst the classics of Spain.


The Westin Palace, better known as Hotel Palace, is a luxury hotel with façades overlooking the Plaza de Canovas del Castillo. The hotel was built by a Belgian hotel company at the suggestion of king Alfonso XIII.  The hotel has 400 rooms and used an innovative material called wire cement. It was built in 15 months opening on  12 September (my bday!) 1912. At the time of its construction this was the largest hotel in Europe.  Today it is part of the Marriott group , before passing by the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.


The Hotel Palace was done from a trapezoidal lot of 6K square meters previously occupied by the Palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli.  The main entrance to the hotel is located in the corner of the building overlooking the Plaza de las Cortes. It is covered by a marquee. The access, already planned by the foreground of the hotel, is original because it is not as usual in an axis of symmetry of the facade. Access is by climbing two successive staircases, the first leading to the interior reception hall and the other to reach the overall level of the ground floor. In this last place are: the lounges, the shop and the winter garden. This first floor or Main floor is where the common spaces have a representative character. After entering the reception and the concierge, the lobby on the first floor provides access to the rooms, interior shops or other rooms. The interior design of this space obliges the visitor to cross a succession of rooms before reaching his destination.  The main entry is on the corner facing the plaza de las Cortes.


The Hotel Palace had another innovation to have telephone service on each room; the four main halls were the salones Medinaceli, Neptuno, Cortes and Francés. The winter garden was originally designed in 1910. This space has natural light during the day. Around this area are located on the outskirts of lounges and restaurants.


It began to offered brasserie or cerveceria service (beer hall) called “La Brasserie”. The brewery is in the basement and was very popular at the time as it offered German beers such as Löwenbräu (München) and Genossenbräu (pilsen beer from Bohemia).  These brewery brought to Spain an innovative transport method in refrigerated wagons from their origins. The La Brasserie, from 1923, will be converted into the black American orquesta Jackson Rector’s Club and made popular the first sessions of  jazz in Madrid.

The arrival of the Spanish Civil War made a reduction in clientele and the hotel was converted from July 1936 in the embassy of the Soviet Union for several weeks. The rest of the hotel was occupied by workers committee until November 1936, after the War Ministry saw the pull back of its troops in the south axis decided to change it into a blood hospital called “Hospital de Base número 1 ;it had installed almost 800 beds in all six floors.  On October 1 1939 it was revert back to its hotel functions.  During the coup d’état attend of February 23 1981 the Palace Hotel served as refuge by the means of communication, the subsecretaries of the government, and the military elite as the hotel is very near the parliament or Congreso de los Diputados, taken by the rebels.

So , lots of history indeed, I was there in the 5th floor, with superb luxury service, great food, and awesome drinks, a moment never to be forgotten and of course I was the city guide from visitors from all over the world lol! The official webpage is at Official Marriots hotels on the Westin Palace

And now the hotels we stayed with the family, the Fénix, now part of the Mélia group , Intercontinental Castellana ,and the B&B Lapepa.

We, also, stayed in a nice hotel when I first took my girlfriend (1990)  later wife and now late dear wife Martine. It was a moment to impress the new girl and book the Fénix Tryp hotel at Calle Hermosilla just after the Plaza de Colon with windows looking over it.  Now it is a Melia Hotels property. The hotel is an icon for us as well. We even have visited couple times afterward! Deco are the same.


My first encounter as above was to spent three nights at the Fenix hotel in calle Hermosilla,2 very near the Castellana and Serrano as well as overlooking Plaza Colon. This was a gorgeous hotel  then part of Tryp and now part of the Mélia group, and The Leading Hotels of the World service status. The breakfast were faboulous, and the views from the top magnificent, the lobby is just the same just beautiful.

The anecdote here is trying to impress my girlfriend booking here after all other hotels were booked and I driving from Madrid to Toledo and back , the Savoy hotel staff told us there were rooms available at the Fénix. So I booked without looking at the price! (very young in love) at the check out the bill came to over 1000 dollars in 1990!!! My girlfriend Martine needed to pay half lol!! So much for the showing off!!! but love was in the air and nothing stopped us then. I missed her now after passing away in 2018 from the lousy cancer. RIP. The hotel is an icon for me each time in Madrid need to stop by it and keep showing it to our boys.


The official webpage of the Melia gropu Hotel Fénix Gran Mélia: Official Hotel Fenix Gran Melia

I came back to Madrid after all the sad news with my boys. We needed to see Madrid again, so much in this city since my teens years and it never stop to love it. My dear Martine love it too, and my boys. So we decided to come back alone, renting on our own just to be us and see the memorable spots that I have so much written in my blog on my Madrid. The boys and I alone, we rented a B&B  LaPepa.


I can tell you raves about our lodging, I took from a friend and directly from their webpage dealing with nice Europeans folks of Italy and Romania as hosts. The B&B is Lapepa at Plaza de las Cortes 4, 7th floor right next to the Congreso de Diputados or the Spanish congress! and attach to the Thyssen museum! near Prado and the works; great location.


The place was clean well stocked, friendly folks, and a great value for the money with the lodging and breakfast included we pay 90 euros per night! A bargain considering the chic business location and straight line on carrera de San jeronimo to Puerta del Sol as well!!! The Lapepa B&B  webpage in English : Official Lapepa B&B Madrid

Oh yes many years ago we did stayed at the Intercontinental Castellana with a friendly special discount of the junior suite from 280 euros we paid 50! The boys love it with the kimonos and views of the Paseo de la Castellana. This is a blast from the past but love the chain I worked for it in management in France ::) Enjoy the IHG at Castellana is sublime especially their weekend brunch! More of this marvel in English here: Intercontinental hotel Castellana Madrid




Another memorable trip and since visit family and now waiting for the opportunity to be back; Madrid is more than a tourist destination for us, it is home! Hope you enjoy it and do visit.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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