Review: Iberia Business Class Madrid to Chicago A340-600

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and Museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


Iberia A340-600

We were shipped out to a remote station to board via bus.  One passenger had some sort of medical emergency on the tarmac and was laying down getting medical attention.  Not quite sure what happened there but our plane was not at all delayed.


Closeup of the engine

We boarded through door 2L and made a familiar turn left into the business class cabin.


Boarding Iberia A340-600

I will not touch much on the hard product as I covered that in the first installment of this post. However I was still excited to fly the product again after having a pretty nice flight to Madrid.  I was also curious to see if there were any major differences flying out of Madrid. Continue reading

Review: Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and Museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International Terminal Satellite Lounge)


Iberia business class lounge entrance

We were invited to use Iberia’s business class lounge over in the international departures terminal thus i like to call it a “satellite lounge”.  There is another very nice lounge for domestic flights but the lounges appear to be similar.

We were greeted at the reception desk in the lounge where the lounge attendant checked our boarding passes and allowed us entrance. Once inside I thought the lounge was pretty large and the decor was nice.


Iberia business class lounge


Iberia business class lounge

When we first arrived there were plenty of chairs and different seating areas.  Each area had its own charging station to keep our electronics charged up. After about an hour in the lounge the attendance picked up substantially and it started to get really crowded.
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Dining in Mallorca

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and Museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


Dining in Mallorca

We were tired of eating in our resort hotel so on several occasions we ventured out to get something to eat!  Below were some of our favorites!

Del Mar

We ate at Del Mar on our last evening in Mallorca.  We just kind of randomly found it on google and it had good ratings.  We had to park far away as the area it is located in is very busy and right on the sea.  This gives the restaurant a nice sea view!

We had a really high quality meal here!  What a nice place to eat.  The waiter was really friendly and did good with recommendations.   We had some appetizers and then we both had a different fish entree.  From the outside patio seating there are great views across the street into the sea.  We had a really pleasant and delicious meal here and would love to return! (See the photo of our receipt for what we actually ordered)

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Around Mallorca

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and Museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


Around Mallorca

Aside from checking out the Rafa Nadal Academy and visiting a few restaurants, the primary thing we did in Mallorca is beach hop!  We checked out a few of the nicer beaches on the northeastern part of Mallorca.  I have to say I am really a fan of the beaches for the most part and it makes me want to check out more European beach destinations!

The beaches had small waves which is important for our son as he doesn’t like big waves or choppy water.

Platja Son Serveta

The first beach on the list is Platja Son Serveta.  This is a more low key natural beach.  The sand is a bit more course and you generally need to bring your own beach towels and umbrella here. Our hotel put together some towels and umbrella for us and we set it up and relaxed on the beach and went in the water.  The water is really warm and nice. There is actually a really good restaurant here that I will review in the next installment, Bar Playa.

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Rafa Nadal Academy and Museum

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and Museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


Rafa Nadal Academy and Museum

Rafa Nadal Museum

One of the cool things to do while in Mallorca is visit the Rafa Nadal Museum!  This was actually a must do for me being a big tennis fan and huge Rafa fan!

Once inside you get to see a ton of Rafa Nadal memorabilia.


Rafa’s flag bearer outfit for the Olympics


Entrance to the Rafa Nadal Museum

What surprised me was there was so much more than just tennis entertainment.  There were other things like full F1 race car simulators, bike simulators, actual full on VR head set games. My wife an I tried that for the first time and it was wild!! Felt really realistic! Continue reading

Review: Park Hyatt Mallorca

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


Park Hyatt Mallorca

Park Hyatt Mallorca

My family enjoyed five luxurious nights at the lovely Park Hyatt Mallorca located on the northeastern coast of the island.  We picked up our rental car from the airport and after about 1 hour later (and many roundabouts) we arrived.


Park Hyatt Mallorca

Pulling into the resort you can see the property set in between the base of some mountains in a pretty valley.  The property is built with Mediterranean/Spanish style and flair. We arrived at the entrance and were greeted by the bellman who proactively grabbed our bags from the back of our SUV.


Park Hyatt Mallorca

Park Hyatt Mallorca
Park Hyatt Mallorca

We were escorted into the reception area to checkin where we were greeted by a nice young woman who offered us a seat to complete the process.  She confirmed our cash and points reservation and then upgraded us for $30/night to a room on the ground level with a bit more yard space as she thought that would be good for our son to play. She was also nice enough to include breakfast during our stay since we took the upgrade. Continue reading

Around Barcelona

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


Around Barcelona

We booked a guided tour of some of Antonio Gaudi’s masterpieces. Our hotel set up the tour guide for us and we ended up meeting her in our hotel lobby.

We did need to pay for our own cabs while going from destination to destination.  Our first stop was of course the Sagrada Familia. The exterior has been under construction for many, many years and there are lots of cranes on the structure working to help complete it.

 

When you get near the structure you see why its taking so long. Its very ornate and detailed and Gaudi designed the building with many curves and circles instead of straight lines.  Continue reading

Review: Enoteca Paco Perez

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


 

Enoteca Paco Perez

Enoteca Paco Perez
Enoteca Paco Perez entrance

On our last evening in Barcelona we dined at Enoteca Paco Perez, the two Michelin starred restaurant residing in the Hotel Arts Barcelona. We booked our reservation online a few weeks ahead of time. A credit card is required to secure a reservation.  We booked the earliest available time since we were dining with our two year old son.


Enoteca Paco Perez

Upon arrival we entered to an empty restaurant and were greeted warmly and we were offered to choose a table of our choice.  However due to our party being larger than two we were not allowed to select a table outside on the patio.  We then selected a nice semi private corner table


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Dining in Madrid

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


 

Dining in Madrid

Botin

Dinner at Botin aka the oldest restaurant in the world.  Botin was established in 1725 and the Guiness Book of World Records officially recognizes it as the oldest running restaurant in the world. So for the novelty factor we had to try it one evening for dinner.

Earlier in the day on our walking tour of Madrid we got to go inside earlier in the day before they opened up. Ernest Hemingway had a favorite table in the back, upstairs corner of Botin.

We had our concierge at the Westin Palace call about 2-3 hours before and we were able to score a table for the early seating. They have two seatings:  7:30pm and 9:30pm if I recall correctly. Continue reading

Around Madrid

Introduction
Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


 

Around Madrid

During our time in Madrid we did quite a bit of exploring.  We did a “free” tour through Leaf Madrid one day which gave us a great lay of the land. The tour was about 2.5 hours around Madrid. Our guide was very nice and informative. Telling us about the different areas of Madrid and the stories behind them. At the end of the tour you decide how much you want to pay- we decided 30€ was fair.

Another great way to take in the city was through the double-decker bus tours.  We do this in many cities as its relaxing and it shows you some of the cities highlights. It was roughly 50€ to have a bus pass for about 1.5 days in our case.

I also woke up early and it was amazing to walk through the city before it got hot and busy. It was very comfortable to take a 6:30am walk and see the city “wake up”. Continue reading