Tucked away on a quiet street close to the well-heeled Barrio de Salamanca district, The Pavilions Madrid is a head-turning hotel inspired by art and culture.
With 28 stylish rooms and suites, a gym and a glass roof restaurant filled with lush green plants, it’s small, perfectly formed and full of character.
Take the reception area for example, which doubles up as an art gallery with its crushed black velvet sofa, designed for guests to admire the original paintings and photographs that hang from its walls. Sourced from the city’s celebrated Álvaro Alcázar gallery, each piece is for sale and originates from some of Madrid’s best modern talent.
Our suite on the seventh floor couldn’t have been any dreamier and featured its very own collection of abstract paintings and a huge terrace overlooking the city. Complete with two sofas and a large dinner table and chairs, you’d struggle to find anywhere in the capital more idyllic during the warmer months. It was just a shame that a weekend of rain kept us largely indoors for the duration of our stay.
Inside, dark and moody interiors are broken up with flashes of burnt orange, whilst the wooden floors and ultra-comfy bed create a homely ambience. The shelves are loaded with beautiful coffee table books covering everything from Spanish artists and local history to Andy Warhol and other cultural icons.
The luxurious marble bathroom was generously stocked with a variety of premium products and fluffy towels, whilst the large walk-in power shower was incredibly relaxing. Just next door to our room, a small yet well-equipped Technogym has enough machinery and weights to provide a light to moderate workout for disciplined fitness fanatics.
Taking inspiration from a tropical garden, the ground floor restaurant makes for a pleasant space to sip coffee over breakfast. The glass ceiling allows light to fill the room, which is peppered with plants and high-spec furniture that sits somewhere between cosy and art deco.
The continental breakfast includes everything you’d expect, from croissants to ham, cereals and fruit, although the made-to-order eggs and omelette selection could do with a little finessing.
Service is friendly and attentive throughout the hotel, but none more so than here in the restaurant. Our waiter for both days couldn’t do enough for us, even handing us a bowl of snacks to enjoy in our room as he uncorked our wine.
The Pavilions is located close to the Embassy, making the surrounding area one of the city’s most policed, and dotted with several high-end restaurants. The exclusive Salamanca shopping district is just 5-minutes away on foot, where you’ll find the likes of Mango and Zara alongside Manolo Blahnik and local designer Felipe Varela.
It’s perfect for a leisurely stroll and a nice contrast to the heart of the city, which was a little overcrowded at times due to the Christmas markets and endless queues for the traditional festive lottery.
The Pavilions Madrid is a must for culture vultures, or anyone looking for something a little more intimate, whilst also being close to Madrid’s many local attractions; the fantastic Mercado de San Miguel food market and Ginkgo Sky Bar we’re both less than 10 minutes away in a taxi.
With rooms starting at just £90 per night, you’d struggle to find anywhere this cool and refined in such a major city. The terrace suite comes highly recommended, especially for those visiting during the warmer months. This hotel has got class.
The Pavilions Madrid, Calle Amador de los Rios, 3, 28010 Madrid, Spain.