For years, guests to southern Europe have been drawn to Athens, Lisbon or Rome, however Madrid, Spain’s magnificent capital, typically will get neglected. That deserves to vary – and Rosewood Villa Magna is the right place to remain in case you’re seeking to discover the town and chill out in pure luxurious.

Nestled within the Salamanca district, roughly Madrid’s equal to Knightsbridge, Villa Magna is ready again deeply from one of many metropolis’s most famed avenues, Paseo de la Castellana. It’s a major location, however there’s a way of discretion and privateness right here that makes this lodge widespread with presidents, footballers and different A-listers.

It’s additionally conveniently near the facilities favoured by the elite. Serrano, one of many metropolis’s most prestigious buying streets, is instantly behind the lodge and the place you’ll discover the aristocrats of the style world. For these with extra modest tastes, excessive road manufacturers could be discovered right here too, in addition to the type of artwork galleries, eating places and nightspots that escape the mainstream vacationer eyeline however reward anybody who seeks them out. 

The front desk has a striking design

Why keep right here

Villa Magna could have solely lately change into a part of the Rosewood household of motels, however luxurious has existed on this web site for generations. The spot was initially dwelling to the Anglada Palace, a Nineteenth-century constructing designed by the architect Emilio Rodríguez Ayuso, however it was demolished within the Nineteen Sixties and became the unique Villa Magna lodge, which opened its doorways in 1972.

Like all of the properties in Rosewood’s portfolio, the renovated Villa Magna is quietly spectacular. There’s one thing enigmatic concerning the charcoal and brass cubic facade (reimagined in 2021 by Ramon de Arana, the Spanish architect), however it’s undeniably imposing too. The identical goes for the strategy to the lodge from road stage: two large cedar and carob bushes stand over reflective swimming pools that full a minimalist sense of grandeur.  

Inside is the place Rosewood’s imprint actually sinks in. Australian inside design studio BAR has created a sublime, urbane area that’s sympathetic to the constructing’s wealthy historical past, distinctive native tradition and, maybe most significantly, the lodge’s function as a nest during which anybody can really feel immediately at dwelling. 

I stayed on the finish of October, simply as uncommon heavy rain clouds closed in on Madrid. Unhealthy information for my hopes of sunny walks across the close by Parque del Buen Retiro (a Unesco World Heritage web site), excellent news for benefiting from the lodge’s abundance of luxurious spots to hunker down in. And that’s how the lodge is finest loved. Like being inside a Rolls-Royce (or so I’m advised), life contained in the lodge is life in a cocoon of bliss that you simply’ll discover arduous to depart.

The lodge’s employees are virtually telepathically intuitive to your each want whereas nonetheless respecting your sense of area. Luxurious surrounds you always, however I had a definite impression that everybody is handled the identical at Villa Magna; whether or not you’re a travelling star or somebody on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, you’re made to really feel equally at dwelling. 

One of the hotel’s junior suites

Rooms and suites 

No two rooms out of ViIla Magna’s 152 bedrooms are an identical, which speaks for Rosewood’s untemplated imaginative and prescient for all its motels. My suite got here with a black and white chevron carpet and sundown orange wall, which set a contemporary, palatial tone with Mediterranean heat.

Whereas the dimensions of all the pieces was spectacular, the little touches definitely didn’t go unnoticed both. I used to be grateful for the slippers laid on a mat subsequent to my mattress and I used to be amazed to seek out my initials embroidered on my pillowcase – a fairly exceptional customisation. 

Villa Magna additionally accommodates two breathtaking residences on its prime flooring: Anglada and Salamanca. Each are individually designed and include a number of bedrooms, a kitchen, workplace and huge quantities of outdoor area overlooking the town and throughout to the Guadarrama mountains. Even on an overcast day, a rare quantity of pure gentle flooded in. In the event you’re fortunate sufficient to remain in considered one of these residences, disappointment is an impossibility. 

Las Brasas de Castellana

Consuming and consuming

Villa Magna has 4 spots to wine and dine in, every completely different in idea however all proudly Spanish in flavour.

Flor y Nata – an artisanal patisserie and café close to the foyer – is the place yow will discover Madrid’s excessive society mingling over a café con leche (espresso with scorched milk) or a glass of Rioja. It additionally serves a neat menu of small dishes all day: the prawn croquettas was the very first thing I tasted at Villa Magna and it set a really excessive bar. 

Las Brasas de Castellana is the extra casual of the lodge’s two eating places, and in addition the place its beautiful breakfast menu is served. The menu is in depth however it’s price visiting only for the restaurant’s elevated model of the ever present continental breakfast.

Just like the lodge extra usually, eating in Las Brasas is an expertise of outstanding consolation and high quality. Sofas line the perimeter of the 2 spacious rooms going through onto the entrance terrace, with every desk respectfully distant from the following. An open kitchen easily dispatches a brasserie-style menu within the evenings, from which I ordered grilled bluefin tuna with Jerusalem artichoke cream and pink wine jus, adopted by the do-it-yourself “tart of the day”, which occurred to be apple. Each have been completely scrumptious.

Amós is the hotel’s signature restaurant

The lodge’s signature restaurant, Amós, is the place you’ll be able to attempt the celebrated delicacies of Michelin-starred chef Jesus Sanchez, who hails from northern Spain. Regardless of its “superb eating” tag, the ambiance felt simply as relaxed as anyplace within the lodge, even when the décor was a contact extra elaborate. Marble, oak and vintage furnishings root you in upscale Madrid, whereas pictures taken by the chef impart the distinctive oceanic accents of Sanchez’s homeland commune, Cantabria. 

The flavours of that area are finest sampled with the ten-course tasting menu, so don’t go to if you’re brief on time. The dishes regularly change, however seafood is a mainstay, significantly the extraordinary marinated anchovies – an unmissable Cantabrian speciality. However the star of the present after I visited was undoubtedly the hake with its pil pil, algae and codium air. I used to be advised to count on an evocative collaboration of the Catabrian Sea and Madrid at Amós, and this dish majestically fulfilled that promise. 

Madrid is an after-hours metropolis with world-class nightlife, however you don’t want to depart Villa Magna in case you crave a few of that vitality. Tarde.O is the lodge’s latest bar, which from Thursday to Saturday is open till 2am with tapas, cocktails, well-curated music and a coated, elaborately furnished terrace. The bar’s bespoke negroni choice is especially dreamy, particularly the Salamanca (gin, Rinomato, vermouth and Madroño liqueur).

Relax at the SSense wellness spa

SSense Spa

It will be against the law to remain at Villa Magna and never guide an appointment on the in-house wellness spa, SSense. It’s open all day, however deliberately limits use to a really small variety of visitors at a time. Solely as soon as did I discover myself sharing the infinity jacuzzi, hammam, steam room and sauna with one other individual, which made it a deeply tranquil expertise each occasions I visited. 

My 60-minute therapeutic massage took that tranquillity to an entire new stage. I’m no stranger to a therapeutic massage, however not often have I had one fairly as personalised and in environment that felt so attuned to thoughts and physique. To say I felt rejuvenated after my remedy can be a grave understatement.

Flor y Nata patisserie and café

The decision

All luxurious motels need to work extraordinarily arduous simply to name themselves that, such are the unimaginably excessive requirements anticipated from them by visitors and inspectors alike. So in a metropolis like Madrid, the place there’s no scarcity of five-star stays, the delicate factors of distinction change into all of the extra necessary.

Villa Magna stands out not only for the posh of its services and elite service, but in addition due to the heat with which it presents itself to its visitors. So snug and relaxed is the temper in all places inside Villa Magna that it’s straightforward to overlook you’re in a lodge in any respect – and that’s maybe the largest praise I pays. 

Rosewood Villa Magna, Paseo de la Castellana 22, 28046 Madrid, Spain; rosewoodhotels.com