The primary cease on our journey to Oman was in Spain, the place we spent two nights at the 200-room 4 Seasons Madrid, which opened in September 2020. This can be a actually particular property, and immediately turned one in every of my 5 favourite metropolis lodges I’ve ever stayed at.
Personally my favourite sorts of lodges are these which are historic and have a way of place, but are up to date in a means that they’re up to date and have all the trendy facilities you’d hope for from a luxurious lodge. That’s precisely what the 4 Seasons Madrid delivers. Let me additionally say upfront that that is the one non-points property we’re planning on staying at throughout this journey, so if this assessment doesn’t curiosity some OMAAT regulars, I completely perceive.
Reserving the 4 Seasons Madrid
For our dates in February, the nightly charge for a base room on the 4 Seasons Madrid was ~900 EUR. This pricing is roughly in step with what you’ll discover at Madrid’s different high lodges, together with the Mandarin Oriental and Rosewood Villa Magna. The lodge does have some gives to get a greater deal, like a fourth evening free.
The easiest way to e-book any 4 Seasons lodge is thru a Most popular Accomplice journey advisor. When reserving by way of Most popular Accomplice you pay the identical charge you’ll discover immediately on 4 Seasons’ web site, however you’ll obtain additional perks, together with the next:
- A room improve, topic to availability
- Complimentary day by day breakfast
- A lodge credit score to make use of throughout your keep
4 Seasons Most popular Accomplice is mostly combinable with promotions being supplied immediately by way of 4 Seasons, together with advance buy charges, free evening gives, and extra. Observe that reserving 4 Seasons properties by way of Most popular Accomplice is best than reserving by way of applications like Amex Advantageous Resorts & Resorts. Why?
- With Most popular Accomplice you will have the choice of room service breakfast instead of restaurant breakfast
- Upgrades are prioritized for Most popular Accomplice bookings, on condition that it’s 4 Seasons’ personal proprietary program (and the worth of an improve could be vital)
- You possibly can mix Most popular Accomplice perks with nearly any charge on 4 Seasons’ web site (different applications don’t assist you to stack promotions in the identical means)
You possibly can’t beat getting all of those additional perks only for reserving by way of an eligible journey advisor. Ford is more than pleased to assist anybody e-book 4 Seasons properties by way of Most popular Accomplice, and could be reached at [email protected] He and his workforce don’t cost any reserving charges for 4 Seasons properties.
Full disclosure — Ford obtained a journey agent charge for our keep. As all the time, all opinions expressed are my very own.
4 Seasons Madrid location & historical past
The 4 Seasons Madrid has a central location in Madrid, between Puerta del Sol and Barrio de las Letras. Ford is an enormous stepper (and I’m married to him, so…), and we managed to see most of Madrid’s sights on foot. The lodge is a roughly 20 minute drive from Madrid Airport (MAD), and a taxi prices a flat charge of 30 EUR.
The 4 Seasons Madrid has a ridiculously cool exterior, which feels each historic and properly maintained. And that’s for good motive. The lodge is definitely a mixture of seven historic buildings, which had been constructed between 1887 and 1891.
This was the headquarters of Spanish financial institution Banesto. Banco Santander bought Banesto, so in 2004 the constructing was vacated, and stood empty for years. In 2012 the constructing was declared a cultural heritage monument and was offered, with plans to show the constructing right into a luxurious lodge. Then from 2013 till 2020, the constructing was reworked into the lodge it’s at present.
So yeah, €530 million and eight years later, the 4 Seasons Madrid opened. That’s a reasonably time consuming and expensive funding, eh?
4 Seasons Madrid check-in & foyer
The 4 Seasons Madrid has a grand foyer, which spans two flooring and has maintained many of the parts of the house from again when it was a financial institution headquarters. There’s loads of seating within the foyer space, which belongs to the El Patio bar, serving drinks all day, plus afternoon tea and snacks.
Specifically, you’ve gotta love the ornamental skylight above your entire foyer.
Along with hundreds of unique artifacts being restored, the lodge additionally has tons of of items of artwork all through, together with two large KAWS figures within the foyer. There are additionally recent flowers which are consistently refreshed.
Our check-in expertise was environment friendly and pleasant, which was significantly appreciated after our mess on the airport. 😉
4 Seasons Madrid One-Bed room Suite
With keys in hand, we took the elevators as much as the second flooring, the place our room was positioned (the lodge has seven flooring).
Along with the elevators, there’s additionally a cool spiral staircase.
The lodge hallways had a bit extra appeal than these on the Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos, that’s for positive. 😉
We had been assigned room 219, a one bed room suite.
The suite wasn’t in any respect what we had been anticipating, however in a great way. Once you consider a one bed room suite, you sometimes consider a collection with two separate rooms all on the identical stage. Effectively, the one bed room suites on the 4 Seasons Madrid are extra like duplex suites, and that is in all probability one of many coolest lodge rooms I’ve ever stayed in.
The room featured an entryway with a closet to the appropriate, in addition to a half toilet.
Additional down the corridor was the higher stage of the room, which had the bed room space. This included a king measurement mattress (4 Seasons has probably the most snug beds within the business, bar none), a wall-mounted TV, a desk and self-importance combo, and a seat with an ottoman.
The lavatory was behind the bed room, and had double sinks, a soaking tub, a walk-in bathe, and a rest room and bidet.
I’d say actually the one factor I can critique concerning the room is that there wasn’t a rainforest bathe head, however moderately only one bathe head on the wall, after which a handheld one as properly.
Toiletries had been from Hermes, which is all the time a deal with.
There was then a staircase main all the way down to the residing space (so in case you’re touring with young children, you would possibly need to contemplate one in every of their different suites). How cool to have a duplex suite like this, particularly because it meant the ceilings within the room had been actually excessive.
The residing space had a sofa and two chairs and a eating desk, together with a bunch of artwork and a cool chandelier.
On the far finish of the lounge was the minibar. This had a Lavazza espresso machine, plus tea.
There have been additionally a few complimentary snacks and bottled water, plus a wide range of drinks and snacks out there for buy.
There was a stunning welcome amenity consisting of vermouth (highly regarded in Spain), together with nuts, olives, cheese, and chilly cuts. Because it was Valentine’s Day, there have been additionally two heart-shaped sweets.
The room additionally had two out of doors areas. On one aspect of the lounge was an enclosed terrace, whereas on the opposite aspect of the room was a completely open terrace.
Wi-Fi within the room was quick and included, and housekeeping was offered twice day by day. As standard at 4 Seasons, there was an unimaginable quantity of consideration to element. For instance, a cleansing fabric with an image of the lodge was left on high of my laptop computer — cute!
4 Seasons Madrid Premier Twin Room
Admittedly we obtained a fantastic improve, although we additionally requested to see another rooms. The 4 Seasons has among the many largest normal rooms in all of Madrid, because the smallest rooms are 484 sq. ft. For instance, beneath are some footage of a premier twin room — nonetheless very, very good!
All rooms on the 4 Seasons have double sinks, a tub, a walk-in bathe, and a partitioned off bathroom, in order that positive is a pleasant characteristic, because it’s one thing you’ll in any other case usually solely discover in suites.
4 Seasons Madrid Dani Restaurant (breakfast)
Dani Restaurant is the 4 Seasons’ signature eating spot, and it’s positioned on the seventh flooring. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s merely a beautiful house, with each a bar space and a separate restaurant. Three Michelin-star Chef Dani Garcia is behind the restaurant, which serves Spanish and Andalusian delicacies.
Along with plenty of indoor seating, the restaurant additionally has a stupendous out of doors terrace with nice views (although admittedly winter isn’t the best time to get pleasure from this).
We had breakfast within the restaurant each mornings, and you’ll discover the menu right here. Each mornings we had Dani’s Breakfast, which features a sizzling beverage, juice, the buffet, and one dish from the menu. Whereas the buffet isn’t large, it’s splendidly offered, and nearly the whole lot is selfmade and tastes wonderful.
The drinks had been scrumptious, together with the inexperienced juice, carrot juice, and cappuccino.
I had the avocado toast on multi-grain bread each mornings, as a result of it was that good.
Ford had the avocado benedict one morning, with avocado, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce.
Along with the wonderful breakfast, the lodge additionally has complimentary espresso, tea, and croissants within the foyer every morning.
4 Seasons Madrid Dani Restaurant (dinner)
We arrived in Spain on Valentine’s Day, and lucked out with having the ability to get a final minute reservation at Dani Restaurant. We began with some drinks within the bar space, and you’ll discover the menu right here.
I ordered the Austrias cocktail, with tequila, pineapple, and inexperienced chartreuse, whereas Ford had the Chueca cocktail, with pisco, purple corn, and coriander. Each had been glorious, and had been served with cashews and olives.
Then we moved over to the restaurant the place we had dinner, and you’ll discover the menu right here. The restaurant has a moderately eclectic menu, and the whole lot is designed for sharing, so programs had been introduced out one-by-one. We loved nearly the whole lot we tried.
We began with the tomato nitro & inexperienced gazpacho, which got here extremely really useful. This had dried tomato, inexperienced bell pepper, and child shrimp tartar. That factor within the center isn’t really a tomato… cool, eh?
We then had the charcoaled avocado and purple tuna stomach.
We then had the purple tuna “descargamento,” with yellow bell peppers, lime, and black olive.
Subsequent we had the calamari “a la Andaluza,” with almonds, fried basil, and chili.
Lastly we had the rossini burger, with foie gras and french fries.
We means over-ordered, however the meals was merely phenomenal, and we had an incredible eating expertise.
4 Seasons Madrid El Patio (drinks)
In our effort to take a look at all of the lodge has to supply (I do know, powerful life!), we checked out El Patio on our second afternoon, which is basically the lodge’s foyer bar. It has the whole lot from espresso, to cocktails, to afternoon tea, to snacks, and you’ll discover the menu right here.
I ordered a gin & tonic to drink, whereas Ford had vermouth (he selected one made particularly for the lodge).
We additionally tried a few snacks, together with a crispy artichoke and tofu dish.
4 Seasons Madrid Isa Asian Tapas Bar (drinks)
By way of meals & beverage shops, final however not least there’s Isa, which is an Asian tapas bar that’s positioned on the primary flooring. It’s open within the evenings from 7PM, and you’ll discover the menu right here. You may not count on a historic 4 Seasons property to have a hip bar with a DJ and a ridiculously cool vibe, however that’s precisely what that is.
The bar has at the very least six distinct rooms, every with a unique design.
The drinks had been largely Asian-inspired, and had been high notch, by way of style and presentation. Even on a Tuesday evening instantly after Valentine’s Day, this place had a enjoyable vibe.
4 Seasons Madrid spa, fitness center, and pool
The 4 Seasons Madrid has an enormous 4 stage spa that’s distinctive for a metropolis lodge. That is additionally the place the fitness center is positioned. Whereas we didn’t get any spa remedies, you possibly can discover the menu right here.
The lodge’s fitness center is one stage up from the primary spa reception, and has a superb number of each cardio and weight tools. The one catch is that the entire spa complicated is simply open day by day from 7AM till 9PM, so you possibly can’t go to the fitness center outdoors of these hours (for these of us who’re jetlagged and wish to work out at 4AM).
There was additionally espresso, water, and recent fruit within the fitness center.
Then up a stage was the lodge’s indoor pool space. The centerpiece of this was a 14 meter pool.
There was additionally a vitality pool, with hotter water and jets.
Then there was each a steam room and sauna, plus showering amenities.
4 Seasons Madrid service
4 Seasons does a fantastic job with service across the globe, even in markets which may not be identified for probably the most attentive service. Workers on the 4 Seasons had been constantly enjoyable, pleasant, and perceptive.
Whereas we’re speaking about service, I’ve to say that 4 Seasons’ chat characteristic might be my favourite service characteristic of any main lodge group on the earth. You can begin utilizing the chat characteristic as quickly as you’ve made a reserving, and in contrast to another lodge teams (which shall stay anonymous), they reply shortly and competently.
A particular shout out to the concierge workforce, as they had been extraordinarily useful with securing us reservations and establishing our coronavirus assessments with little advance discover after we had bother getting examined on the airport.
The one service lapse was at Dani Restaurant, once we had drinks earlier than dinner. We had ordered drinks, and after quarter-hour they hadn’t but arrived. We had requested a unique server concerning the standing of our drinks, they usually confirmed up a minute later. A couple of minutes later the supervisor confirmed up and apologized, and insisted on comping the drinks due to how lengthy we needed to wait (which actually wasn’t needed, however it’s spectacular service restoration).
The 4 Seasons Madrid is among the most gorgeous metropolis lodges I’ve ever stayed at. I like the truth that it is a lodge that’s in a ~130 12 months outdated constructing, and it has been restored in a means that pays tribute to its historical past whereas nonetheless providing all of the facilities you’d hope for in a contemporary luxurious lodge.
The 4 Seasons has distinctive meals & beverage shops, nice rooms, a stupendous spa complicated, and high notch service. In case you go to Madrid and might swing the 4 Seasons, you received’t be upset…