Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy (IV)

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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.

 

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Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Me Madrid Reina Victoria – Holding court on one of Madrid's most dynamic plazas

 

This hotel commands the main attention on the Plaza de Santa Ana, a terrific plaza filled with historic and modern bars and cafes. 

 

Opposite the hotel is the Teatro Español, an important 19th century landmark. 

 

The Hotel Victoria was built between 1917 and 1923 as a combination hotel and department store. As a hotel it was once a modestly priced place and a meeting point for bullfighters. 

 

In 2006 it was renovated and turned into one of the most luxurious places to stay in Madrid. Its interior, management, and setting on Santa Ana make it worth this splurge if you want one place that has it all, including live music on the rooftop terrace.

 

 

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Meninas – A charming hotel on an uber charming street

 

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: La Vera Hostal – Near Plaza de Tirso de Molina and El Rastro flea market

 

La Vera Hostal is in the building that once belonged to Los Duques de Santoña and is a 19th century structure in the middle of old Madrid. 

 

It stands in the heart of the area where the Rastro flea market unfolds every Sunday and from where you can hunt for that treasure to take home as a classy souvenir of Madrid.

 

 

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Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: De Las Letras Hotel – A beautiful Neoclassical hotel on the Gran Via

 

This was one of the delightful, grandeur-filled early 20th century buildings along the Gran Vía during its heyday. 

 

Built in 1917, the De Las Letras Hotel, has been declared a part of the historic heritage of the city. 

 

The Neoclassical exterior and beautiful marble and ironwork staircases are preserved. 

 

The rooms are modern and comfortable.

 

 

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Casa de Madrid – 18th century Madrid reincarnated

 

Hotel Casa de Madrid is owned by Marta Medina who renovated her own apartment in this 18th century structure to house this lovely little hotel. 

 

Made to feel like a home away from home, the Hotel Casa de Madrid is near the royal palace and the opera house, the Teatro Real. Staying here enhances one’s imagination for the feel of 18th century Bourbon Madrid.

 

 

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Hotel Ritz Madrid – Hotel built by and fit for a king

 

The Hotel Ritz Madrid is near the Thyssen Bornemisza and Prado Museums. It was built in 1910 by King Alfonso XIII when he wanted to create the perfect guest space from which to show off his city to distinguished visitors.

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Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: AC Hotel Santo Mauro – Swank, expensive and graced by David Beckwity

 

The neoclassical Santo Mauro Hotel, near the Paseo de la Castellana, was a 19th century French Palace. It then housed the Canadian Embassy before being converted into a hotel. 

 

David Beckwith made this hotel home for six months. Its location is in a swank residential part of town. 

 

The Duque de Santo Mauro's 19th century library is now the dining room and his ballrooms are now conference rooms.

 

 

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Antigua Posada del Pez Hotel – Modern era enlightenment with chic modern

 

The Antigua Posada del Pez Hotel is in the heart of downtown Madrid and is among the buildings of the 18th and 19th century that line the boulevards of Madrid’s main avenues, such as Gran Via. 

 

Though the building is historic, the interior is modern and aims for comfort and simplicity.

 

 

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Best Western Atlantico Madrid – French Belle Epoque on the grand Via

 

The Atlantico Madrid is in a French-styled Belle Époque building from 1921. It was part of the enthusiastic mood of the early 20th century Gran Vía, adding its elegance and grandeur to the long line of buildings beautifying the boulevard.

 

The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and uphold the global standard set for Best Western hotels. The location is central.

 

 

Historic Hotels in Madrid, Italy: Chueca Pension – Clean, comfy and in the heart of happening Madrid

 

This pension, less than one block away from the colorful Plaza de Chueca, is basic, clean, and moderately priced. 

 

It is in a typical 100-year old Madrileño building in a residential area in this artsy Belle Époque neighborhood, a stone's throw from the Gran Vía.

 

It's also a great place to stay if you are on a budget but still want a clean, convenient, and well-run accommodation. 

 

Staying in Chueca neighborhood also offers a more local perspective of the artsy-edgy side of Madrid, especially if you grab a front-row seat and drink at one of the outdoor cafe tables on the Plaza de Chueca.