The hottest new hotel in the Spanish capital is a real head-turner — here are just a few of its draws.
A striking dual-personality design
Converted from a four-story modern commercial building, The Madrid Edition sports an ornate 18th-century baroque portal salvaged from an adjacent, long-demolished structure. A copper canopy marks the entrance to a sleek oak-lined space with a sculptural spiral staircase that leads to the lobby. The hotel’s interiors were a collaboration between famed British architect John Pawson, known for his elegant, minimalistic approach, and Paris-based designer François Champsaur. The juxtaposition of the latter’s colorful elements against Pawson’s stark aesthetic mirrors the contrast between the sober historic architecture of Madrid and its 21st-century cosmopolitan flair.
The chic, well-appointed rooms
Guests at The Madrid Edition bed down in 177 rooms and 23 suites; there are multiple connecting units and some rooms come with their own private terraces. The understated aesthetic and predominantly white color scheme found within are hallmarks of John Pawson, while playful bespoke furnishings include a custom-made plaster headboard that recalls the shape of the hotel’s baroque portal. There’s also a 55-inch flat-screen smart TV with Google Chrome Cast, while the marble bathroom features a rain shower and exclusive Le Labo bath amenities with the signature Edition scent. Visitors wanting to splurge can opt for a pair of duplex penthouses on the fourth floor. West-facing views of Madrid’s architectural landmarks beckon from the bedrooms upstairs, while the lower floor comprises a living area and a butler’s kitchen.
A signature restaurant by an acclaimed Mexican chef
Accessed from the plaza via the hotel’s baroque portal, Jerónimo offers global cuisine through a Mexican lens from Enrique Olvera, the man behind top-ranked Pujol in Mexico City. Must-tries on the menu include fideo seco, or vermicelli with black beans, cream, cheese, and onions; and huevos rancheros, a hearty combination of fried eggs, black beans, hoja santa, and salsa roja. The restaurant has four distinct areas: patrons can choose to sit inside a double-height dining room whose carved oak wall panels nod to the detailing of the entrance portal, a lounge area anchored by a long green marble bar, a more casual light-filled space with lots of greenery, and a terrace on the plaza that is set to launch later this year.
The rooftop dining and recreational spaces
Gourmands will want to stop by Oroya, the latest venture from Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz, who rose to global fame with his Lima restaurant Astrid y Gastón. In a greenhouse-like setting festooned with climbing plants and colored glass panels, diners enjoy tapas and family-style sharing plates such as ceviches, papas rellenas (crispy stuffed potato croquettes), and Cantonese har gau in parihuela (seafood stew) broth; collectively, they tell the story of Peru’s culinary heritage and its diverse influences from Spain, Africa, Italy, China, and Japan. These dishes can be washed down with Pisco-led cocktails or a glass of wine from a curated menu. Outside, Oroya’s terrace features a fireplace and a vine-covered pergola that shelters a teak bar; the long oak table here is ideal for lazy lunches with friends and family. Also on the fourth floor is what’s billed as Madrid’s biggest rooftop pool, lined with 60 sunbeds and 10 cabanas where guests can sip cocktails and snack on small bites while soaking up the city views.
An unbeatable location
Travelers will find The Madrid Edition on the Plaza de las Descalzas, a tranquil square in the bustling neighborhood of Sol, home to convivial tapas bars and sidewalk cafés, and a stone’s throw from major sights such as the Royal Theater, Plaza Mayor, and the Royal Palace. The historic Puerta del Sol and Kilometer Zero, the spot from which all road distances in Spain are measured, are but a three-minute walk from the property, while the “Golden Triangle of Art” — three of Madrid’s most important art museums — can also be reached on foot. Nearby metro stations include Sol, Ópera, and Callao, which makes getting around town by public transport a cinch.
Doubles from US$717; editionhotels.com