Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy (IV)
Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Tryp Gran Via – Hemingway's hotel
Known as the Hotel Gran Vía in Ernest Hemingway’s day, who was a guest here during the Civil War, this Belle Époque period hotel has remained continuously in operation, getting a facelift in 1999.
Given Hemingway’s critical journalistic coverage of the Civil War from here, there are many photographs of him throughout the hotel as well as a bar named after him.
Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Petit Palace Italia – Excluding the romantic mood of the early 20th century
Minimalist and modern, this new hotel is in a 19th century building near the opera house, Teatro Real (Royal Theater). The Teatro too was built in the 19th century during Isabel II's reign.
Calle de Campomanes also is home to a great restaurant, Retaurante Chic, at no. 5, and a great multi-language bookstore, Petra's International Books at no. 13. And just around the bend on an easy stroll is the royal palace.
Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Westin Palace Hotel – Italian renaissance and Art Nouveau
Built in 1912 as a commission by King Alfonso XIII, the Westin Palace Hotel stands on the original site of the Palacio Medinaceli. Its interior reflects a mix of Italian renaissance styles and Art Nouveau.
Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Petit Palace Posada del Peine – Madrid's oldest hotel dating to 1610
The Petit Palace Posada may be the oldest building in Madrid that today is a hotel open to the public.
Situated close to the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol, the building was constructed in 1610, a time that marked the popularity of Cervantes’ first volume of Don Quixote while he was also hard at work on the second volume (to come out in 1615).
The Posada del Peine, Inn of the Comb, gets its name because patrons used to get rooms with a comb included, though it was attached to the furniture so that it would remain in the room.
This was one of the more respectable inns and today could not command a more central position to all of Madrid's highlights, including the best restaurants and oldest walkways.