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the Spanish Capital’s Most Elegant Hotel

//by: José Berrocoso//

With an unbeatable location, right in the historic and commercial beating heart of the Spanish capital, Four Seasons Hotel Madrid is set within Centro Canalejas, which is also home to 22 Four Seasons Private Residences and the Galería Canalejas luxury shopping mall.

Combining seven different historic buildings to create one destination, Four Seasons Hotel Madrid’s exterior is as impressive as you would expect from any premises within the established collection. At the top of the hotel’s entrance is a clock adorned with two bronze statues, represengint time and fortune. The one on the left carries an hourglass, implying the past, the large mechanical clock in the middle represents the hours of the present, and the statue on the right carries a fortune wheel, symbolizing the future. Although beautiful by day, it is at dusk when the building is at its most spectacular, with tasteful lighting illuminating the historic premises.

With a soaring grand lobby welcoming guests at its heart, the lobby once served as the main operations hall of Banco Español de Crédito. Here, the telltale noise of the bank tellers has been replaced by the delicate sound of tea being poured into a porcelain cup, and the subtle fizz of bubbles in a cristal glass.

Guests have a number of room and suite options to choose from, including some 200 guestrooms, which come decorated with two-tone accents of pale blue or yellow, along with walnut wood furniture, white and gray marble bathrooms and the plush beds Four Seasons is renowned for. Luxury personified Royal Suite features a luxe full-marble bathroom replete with a circular bathtub, a huge cristal chandelier and top-notch furnishings.
Although Madrid is regarded as one of Europe’s top cultural destinations, the hotel is an art destination in itself, housing an impressive 2,500-strong collection of pieces including sculptures, paintings and photographs. The hotel’s curator, Paloma Fernández-Iriondo, has successfully celebrated the country’s vibrant art scene by collating the works of Spanish artists – most of whom are emerging, including Maite Carranza, Miguel Torrent, Cristina Almodóvar and Pilar Cabestany.

Four Seasons Hotel Madrid is home to the city’s biggest spa, a 1,400 square metre magic space. Reached via a soaring, skylit reception area with adjacent spa boutique, guests will escape into a calming sanctuary of wellness and relaxation. Features include eight spa treatment rooms, including one reserved exclusively for couples; steam room, sauna and lounge and a salon.

Guests can also ascend to the 14-metre indoor pool with its glass walls and oversized skylight bathing the space in sunshine. An adjacent sun terrace on the eight floor offers views across the city’s rooftops as one sips on refreshments from the pool bar.

The Spa invites guests to take care of themselves both inside and out, with a range of treatments running the gamut from deep relaxation and inner healing to highly effective results-driven therapies leading to instantly visible improvements. Whether grounded in ancient knowledge and natural products or with 100 percent focus on the latest cutting-edge wellness and beauty technology, treatments are delivered by a team of experts in a sanctuary of wellness that provides abundant space for personal seclusion and privacy.
Products include the pioneering facial and body range 111SKIN by Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, arriving to Spain for the first time and only available at Four Seasons Hotel Madrid; SEPAI, a Spanish brand formulated and manufacture in the hearth of Barcelona offering truly effective, customisable, natural and safe formulations containing the most advanced genomic technology with a very high concentration of active ingredients and no grey substances; as well as an exclusive intensive anti-ageing hair-care range by Miriam Quevedo, all offering exclusively created treatments for Hotel guests and visitors to The Spa.

The brand-new luxury hotel also boasts three restaurants. Dani, a new dining concept from the three Michelin-starred chef Dani García. The space has been designed by Martin Brudnizki’s acclaimed Swedish studio, in which a relaxed atmosphere is combined with sophistication and eroticism. The decoration is colonial-style, in which shades of green, yellows and touches of red, which add warmth, prevail. Expect a bright and vivid brasserie with a sophisticated touch, where locals and international guests come together to savour Andalusian cuisine and panoramic views throughout the day and evening, both indoors and out in the sunshine on the terrace. Dani is at once a temple of gastronomic exploration and an easy, informal setting for memorable meals with friends, family and colleagues. Dani’s menu is extensive, adapted to all tastes, and has been personally designed by the chef, in which iconic dishes can be found alongside other elaborations created specifically for this restaurant. The cuisine is one of contrats, offering reinvented classics, such as Dani’s Tortilla, to main courses prepared with the finest ingredients from the land or the sea, such as the tuna fillet or Dani’s Rossini Burger. Our recommendation: signature tomate nitro, green gazpacho with tomate nitro (tomato prepared in liquid nitrogen).

ISA, a gastrobar will continue to move forward the tapas trend that began in Spain, adding modern Asian flavour paired with cutting-edge cocktails in a space created by global design studio AvroKO. Adjacent to the Hotel’s bustling lobby is El Patio, an open area bar and lounge, for laid-back drinks and dining.

For guests’ peace of mind in the current climate, the Hotel also offers the option of 24/7 in-room dining. Place your order via Four Seasons App and Chat, available in 100 languages. Having already won awards, the app allows guests to contactlessly arrange restaurant reservations, luggage pick up and other concierge services too, guaranteeing the seamless and attentive service that Four Seasons is famed for.

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