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The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

Address Marqués de Valdeiglesias 1; 28004 Madrid
by Gran Vía and Alcalá
Neighbourhood Chueca – Gran Vía | See on map
Metro Banco de España [L2], Gran Vía [L1, L5]
Telephone +34 91 521 8743
Website http://www.theprincipalmadridhotel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theprincipalmadrid
Price Standard rates from EUR 210

The former Ada Palace hotel, sitting in a covetable location, right on the edge of Chueca, at the nice end of Gran Vía, has had a major make-over. New and improved, it’s now The Principal Madrid and its 76 rooms form part of a family that also counts Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona and Único Hotel here in Madrid. A clan with good genes.

It’s always been a wonderful neoclassical building, endowed with a grand facade, beautiful wrought iron details and sky high ceilings, and interiors have now finally been brought up to par. Services, too, have been boosted with Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa overseeing the menus at the pleasant Ático restaurant and the wonderful Terraza bar. Occupying the penthouse and rooftop levels, both enjoy some of the prettiest views in town.

The Gran Vía Suite can be turned into an 80-square meter apartment but even standard rooms are relatively spacious, none with less than 24 sqm in which to unpack and unwind. They’re comfortable, tastefully decorated (contemporary boutique-y) and equipped with just about everything you may or may not need. Free Wi-Fi – great (and fast, too). Free shoe-shine service and Bluetooth-connected sound system – nice, if you’re that kind of person.

The five-star rating might be on the generous side – while the splash pool on the (fabulous) sundeck might be appreciated in the hot summer months, the gym is there only to tick the box – but it’s certainly a very nice hotel in a great location. Whether you prefer it to Hotel de Las Letras, just across the Gran Vía, is a matter of taste. That’s a choice between laid-back cool there and something flashier and swankier here.