In need of some Spanish sunshine and tantalising tapas to brighten up your summer? ME Madrid hotel serves up a cocktail of city sights, super-chic style and mouthwatering food, perfect for glamorous gourmets and trendy travellers…
Style Imposing Iberian icon
Setting City-centre squares
Why this week? Smith members can take advantage of ME Madrid’s hotel offer: stay three nights for the price of two. You’ll also get free parking (normally €28 plus tax), cocktails for two with lunch or dinner, early check-in and late check-out (if available), and VIP entrance to the Roof, where you can admire amazing 360º views of the cityscape whilst sipping cocktails on their cushion-strewn wooden sofas.
Our favourite bits… Super-chic ME Restaurant & Lounge has become one of Madrid’s most in-demand dining rooms, and after sampling the platter of four miniature hamburgers – each with a different flavour – we can see why. For bargain bites, go at lunchtime, and enjoy three courses of tasty tapas for just €15. Those with an appetite for breathtaking views can feast their eyes on the cityscape from the roof bar, accompanied by experimental cocktails to banish the vertigo. The stylish Keith Hobbs-designed interior – a mix of bright whites, dark woods and creamy marbles, with floor-to-ceiling bay windows looking out over the city’s squares – will strike a chord with even the most exacting fashionistas.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘There’s cool, there’s really cool, and then there’s ME Madrid. The rooms are ideal urban hideaways – sleekly styled and pamperingly comfortable, with stylish flourishes such as the retro purple mini-fridges, controllable lighting schemes (featuring curious indigo low lights that ME has not-quite-credibly dubbed ‘sexy lighting’), and spacious rain showers encased in black marble.
Bedrooms, however, aren’t the focus here. That honour goes to the sultry ME Restaurant, where an El Bulli-trained chef plates up modern Mediterranean marvels and master mixologists concoct inventive elixirs such as black mojitos and lavender martinis. In summer, it’s the Roof Bar & Terrace that’s the star attraction. Here, reclined on a sofa by a table of tapas, you can admire a 360º sweep of a cityscape from the rooftop and gaze down at the throng beetling about the squares below. Now that’s cool.’ Read more about our experience at ME Madrid.
You say… ’A funky modern hotel in a very convenient location. Not to be missed is a trip to La Terraza del Casino de Madrid, a short 10-minute walk away from the hotel. This top restaurant has a stunning historic location. Book well in advance.’ (Lawrence, GoldSmith, stayed on 9 Jan 2012) Read more from our Guestbook.
Compiled by Rosie Sargeant