Set right in the heart of the action in Chueca, this hotel is a long-time outthere favourite. its founders are deeply involved in all that is cool about Madrid, not to mention the local gay community. the patrons are a cosmopolitan mix of beautiful Madrileños and visitors alike, often found posing on the hotel’s rooftop bar and pool, which is the talk of the town.

Very much on the contemporary side of Madrid hotels, its décor is eclectic. Wandering into the lobby, we were greeted with bright colours and a futuristic art installation spelling out “sex” – to set the tone. our suite didn’t fail to disappoint, a pure white urban play-space that would have probably been considered ‘space age’ when it was first built, but now will settle for ‘modern’. While comfy, we didn’t get the feeling that we were supposed to linger in our room for very long, with the delights of Madrid waiting for us. Three other room types are on offer; from what we saw of them, they were much more ‘wannabe’ – with the coloured perspex and furnishings teetering close to being borderline cheap.

While chic enough, there wasn’t any air of pretence, staff were helpful and upbeat throughout our stay. even the much talked-about doorman – in place to control the flow of visitors onto its rooftop bar – was convivial, even remembering that we were guests of the hotel, as we stumbled through the doors early one morning.

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