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Madrid is a city where history lives side by side with modernity. It’s obvious when you stroll through the Buen Retiro, eat tapas in the Plaza Mayor or check into the Four Seasons Hotel Madrid, which opened in 2020 on the famous Calle de Sevilla.
The property — part of a complex that also includes apartment buildings and the newly opened restaurant and luxury retail destination Galeria Canalejas — is housed in a former bank and insurance office that dates back to 1882, but has been carefully designed to meet the expectations of the modern traveler to become as well as in-the-know Madrileños. Visitors can gather in the spacious lobby bar, which features a KAWS sculpture and stunning ceiling that changes colors throughout the day, or on the rooftop, where chef Dani García’s eponymous restaurant is open for everything from breakfast (get the Huevos Rotos!) late-night cocktails. In between, it’s a good idea to visit the spa – the largest urban wellness center in Spain – or take a dip in the pool before siesta.
Here, Adrian Messerli, Regional Vice President and General Manager, shares his thoughts on what makes the property one of the best in the city, which room he would always choose to stay in, and how guests can make the most of their visit to the Spanish capital .
What do you think is the best room in the property and why?
Our Royal Suite stands out completely from the rest of the hotel’s design. This bank was so important to Spain that the president of the bank almost ruled the country from his office, so we made this office the Royal Suite of the hotel. Restored to what it might have looked like in 1882, it is now the largest suite in the city, perhaps even in Spain. However, my favorite room is our Penthouse Suite. It’s so unique because it’s right under the Dani Rooftop [bar and restaurant,] and it has two terraces on each side of the room. It has one bedroom and is very livable and you can see the Puerta del Sol bell tower from every balcony. It’s something no one else gets. One is the greatest, the other is where I feel most comfortable.
How much does it cost per night?
The Royal Suite starts at €25,000 per night. The penthouse suite starts at €6,800 per night.
How would you describe the guests and the atmosphere in the hotel?
Luxury is our love language, but we want it to be accessible. The property’s design brings such sophistication, in part through preserving the building’s history. Much of what was salvaged during the renovation has been restored in a meaningful way, such as all the brass used when the building was a bank. There are guests who walk in and remember our lobby as the place where they opened a bank account and we wanted to keep that but also bring that modernity. We have made the spaces lively places where people from all over the city and around the world come together. The architect for the project was Estudio lamellaBAMO designed the public areas and rooms, Martin Brudnizki designed Dani and our gastrobar Isa was designed by AvroKO.
What feeling of the city would you like to convey to guests?
The city has always been world class when it comes to culture, food and heritage. Today we are making Madrid a must-see European destination, like London, Paris or Milan. Barcelona and Marbella have been very well known for a long time, but not everyone has realized what an attractive destination Madrid is. We are able to offer a kind of luxurious hospitality that attracts these people. In the lobby we also serve house made vermouth on tap which is a local favourite.
What’s one thing about the hotel that you think will surprise first-time visitors?
We really celebrate the character of Madrid. When people come in we want them to feel at home. Especially in a place like Spain, which can be a bit stiff, we want to be approachable and let the guests be themselves. We were also able to create a destination within a destination by offering luxury shopping and a food hall with 15 restaurants at Galeria Canalejas without having to leave the building.
What is a local attraction that you always recommend to your guests?
The Prado Museum is always worth a visit – it has the largest Goya collection in the world – as well as that Thyssen–Bornemiza National Museum and the Reina Sofía Art Center. The art here is spectacular. But what I like best is going to restaurants. My goal is to visit all 14 Centenario restaurants that have been operating in their current concept for more than 100 years. It’s not always great luxury, but you really do learn about the culture of Madrid and see how it was 100 years ago. Even if you don’t visit all of them, it’s something you have to experience.
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