THE OLDEST LUXURY HOTEL IN MADRID, DATING BACK TO 1886, HAS BEEN LOVINGLY RESTORED TO BECOME A ‘NEW LANDMARK’ OF SPAIN’S VIBRANT CAPITAL ONCE AGAIN, IN THE CITY’S CULTURED-STEEPED LITERARY DISTRICT.
This family-owned property, which forms part of Hidden Away Hotels and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is the oldest luxury hotel in Madrid that opened its doors for the first time in 1886. Uniquely positioned in the heart of Madrid’s characterful Barrio de las Letras – a stone’s throw from Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía, the Prado Museum and Retiro Park – but tucked away on an unassuming street, the ideally located boutique hotel combines contemporary urban sophistication, in one of Europe’s most exciting cities, with the glamour of bygone times.
A NEW IDENTITY
With only 48 rooms and suites, designed with Art Deco features and luxe relaxation in mind, Gran Hotel Inglés has been completely restored and renovated under the artistic direction of Rockwell Group, to be reborn as one of the finest properties in today’s Madrid. Rockwell Group brought back the glamour, elegance and innovation of the city’s oldest hotel, weaving original imagery and salvaged historic items into its design. The lobby ceiling has statement circular chandeliers and, inspired by a classic English manor, a central lobby bar is surrounded by a round cocktail lounge intended as a gathering spot for locals as much as for international visitors. Owners, Carmen Cordón and Ignacio Jiménez kept the promise made by the hotel’s original owner, Don Agustín Ibarra, to “spare no sacrifice when it comes to the furniture or to the many modern technologies that can be used in your new home.” Just like Don
Agustín in his day, Carmen and Ignacio scoured the seven seas to capture and translate the magnificence of the salons, rooms and dining areas into the Gran Hotel Inglés’s present-day incarnation. David Rockwell and his team became enamoured with the history of Madrid and the project and, poured their expertise into ensuring that their first complete historic hotel project in Spain would be an establishment of excellence. During the renovation, the number of rooms and suites was reduced to just 48, in a display of contemporary design so that guests would no longer have to cross the hallway to use the bathroom. Most rooms comprise both a bathtub and a shower, something that was unthinkable
in the 1880s and that is not easily executed today. Rooms and suites range from Deluxe, opening out onto their own light-filled courtyard, to the Meller Suite, complete with its own private terrace with jacuzzi, or the top Presidential Suite, with separate bedroom, working area, living room, dining area and guest bathroom, as well as a charming private terrace facing the Echegaray Street.
Calle Echegaray 8, Madrid, Spain 28014
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