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Westin Palace Madrid
The Westin Palace Madrid was our accommodation of choice for our three nights in Madrid. We were greeted by a bellman and doorman upon arrival in our Blacklane Mercedes-Benz van. The ride from the Madrid airport is only about eight miles or about 20 minutes depending on traffic. Our bags were gathered and we were welcomed in to the reception desk.
Upon first appearances the hotel felt elegant, grand, and a bit antique (in a good way). The hotel is over 100 years old and has 470 rooms and 51 suites.
Once in the lobby, to the left is the check-in desk and to the right is the concierge desk. We arrived around 9am so we were hoping that a room would be available for us since official check-in isn’t until 3pm.
The friendly front desk agent was pleasant and spoke excellent english. He informed us that he did have a room ready for us. We were in need of a nap after our flight so that was welcome news for us.
We had booked an Executive room and were assigned a room on the 6th floor, which is the “SPG member” floor. My wife is a SPG Gold member and we put the reservation in her name however we were not upgraded at all.
As the case in many older European hotels the elevators were quite small. The elevator waiting areas were quite nice with purple furniture in a style fitting of the the hotels architecture.
Our room was a 2-3 minute walk from the elevators. We were assigned room 636. Once inside the room there is a hallway leading into the bedroom area. Off to the right is the bathroom.
The room was clean and attractive with nice crown moulding and subdued color scheme. The windows let in a good bit of natural light.
The bed was Westin’s trademark Heavenly Bed which was indeed comfy. Flanking the bed was a nightstand with lamps on each side. There were also USB plugins on each side of the bed which was nice for charging our phones.
There was a table/desk in the corner and table and chair in front of the window. Across from the bed was of course a TV set on a stand. The wifi was complimentary and fast.
The bathroom was nice however didn’t have the separate tub and shower area’s that I equate with a luxury hotel room.
The shower was nice however with good temperature and water pressure. Westin’s bath amenities have personally never impressed me but they were fine.
Dual vanities were appreciated in the morning when we wanted to get ready.
Off of the bathroom was the water closet separated by a frosted glass door with The Westing Palace Madrid logo on it. Once inside was the toilet and and bidet directly across. There was also a nice piece of art on the wall that I liked personally.
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There was a fitness center on the 6th floor as well. I stopped into visit however was too lazy to actually workout during our stay. There was a reception desk upon entrance. I am not sure if there were some spa rooms near this room or what as the reception area wasn’t staffed.
Just down the hall and past some bathrooms was the fitness center which had a decent amount of cardio equipment.
There was also a small free weights area and some resistance machines too.
A neat little area is just off the fitness center was a an outdoor patio. Maybe a nice place to have a wine or a cigar (if allowed).
Food and Beverage
Since we had a free dinner or lunch included as part of our room rate we decided to eat dinner at the hotel for the first night in Madrid. The hotel has a beautiful rotunda area with amazing stained glass letting in some nice light.
We were one of the first to be seated for dinner. There were plenty people just having drinks and tapas in the area as well. Our complimentary dinner included an appetizer, main, and dessert for two.
The food was really good! The bourbon Old Fashioned I had was outstanding. I actually had a few more Old Fashioned’s during our stay.
Being my first night in Spain I had to try the Iberian ham for the appetizer. My wife had the foie gras which she loved.
For our entree’s I went with the chicken which was excellent. My wife had a really nice beef tenderloin and our son liked his chicken tenders.
Since dessert was included we had to spoil ourselves. I had the apple pastry, my wife had the ice cream and fruit.
An overall excellent meal in a nice setting! Service was really good too. We were charged for our drinks and our kids meal.
Breakfast was included in our rate so we stopped down to eat every morning. The hotel has a decent sized buffet with an omelet station. I thought it odd there was no menu or made to order menu items. I did ask specifically is there a menu for breakfast and the server said they can make whatever you like.
Generally my son had some waffles and eggs and some yogurt for breakfast.
I typically had some scrambled eggs and or/quiche with some chorizo. They did have a mimosa station which was nice.
My wife stuck with made to order omelets.
Overall breakfast was fine. Not one of my favorite places for breakfast but if its included in my room then it makes sense to get some nutrients in the morning before touring the city.
I do want to mention how much we enjoyed the location of the property as it was very close to El Retiro Park and a few of the major museums. Everything was walkable pretty much from our hotel. Plaza Mayor for example was a 13 minute walk. The only time we needed a taxi was when we went to the train station as we had our bags with us but even the train station is really close to this hotel. Even our flamenco dinner was only a 20 minute walk from the hotel but we elected to take a taxi but we could have walked.
Overall I really like the Westin Palace Madrid. Good location, good service, fair price, really good cocktails and good food.
No points were used for this stay. We paid 357€/night including taxes/surcharges all in (June 2018) through our Virtuoso travel agent which also came with complimentary breakfast and one lunch or dinner. A hotel room can be redeemed using your (Starwood) Marriott points. At the time of this writing the redemption rate is 20,000 Starwood points (60,000 Marriott points) or cash and points option of 10,000 points and $180. Cash rates for this property can be found here.
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