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Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques

Close to the Royal Palace of Madrid, the 180-room Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques is comprised of a converted 19th-century noble palace and 13th-century Dominican convent. The hotel combines modern extravagance with the original historic structure to create an elegant property that draws heavily on its history from the ornate central staircase to the grand cloisters that surround a central lounge with modern sofas. Walls are lined with heavy, antique tapestries, while a glass-sided concept-fireplace adds to the ambience. Outside, a small patio leads to the former stable block which has been converted into a restaurant with a menu devised by Michelin-starred chefs.

The rooms feature a tonal palette inspired by the work of renowned Spanish artist Velasquez with shades of deep brown, gold and cream. Filled with rich fabrics and large prints of works by Velasquez, the rooms also offer LCD TVs, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The hotel also boasts a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy views of the Royal Palace and opera house over a cocktail or cool off in the small pool and Jacuzzi. For added relaxation, the hotel also has a Thai-inspired spa.

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Rooms

Inspired by the work of Velázquez and in particular his ‘Las Meninas’, the rooms feature the same palette of brown, gold and cream tones used in the painting and feature large prints of his other works. The soft linens and pillow menu make the extra-long beds supremely comfortable, while the room provides other modern amenities such as air conditioning, iPhone docking stations, LED TVs and Wi-Fi. Bathrooms feature a bath and a rain shower along with under-floor heating.

Location

Located just steps from the Teatro Real and five minutes' walk from Madrid’s Palacio Real and its gardens, the hotel is well located for exploring Madrid. The Puerta del Sol can be reached in around 10 minutes on foot and the Prado Museum is roughly a 25-minute walk away.

Food and Drink

The former stables running along the side of the patio have been converted into Restaurante Dos Cielos which is supervised by Michelin-starred chefs the Torres brothers. The menu features some of their signature creations as well as traditional dishes from all over Spain. The bistro-style Montmartre Restaurant and Wine Bar offers lighter fare and focuses strongly on wine pairings. Each morning a buffet breakfast is served in the Coroa lounge bar, which in the evenings serves a tapas menu.

Families

The hotel offers a number of family-oriented rooms for parents staying with children, as well as interconnecting rooms.

Facilities and Activities

The hotel also features a large Thai wellness room and spa offering therapeutic and relaxing treatments from all over Asia. There is also a small pool and Jacuzzi, open seasonally, on the roof terrace.

Our opinion

A memorable property in the heart of Madrid, we love the opulent atmosphere of the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques and find the service to be faultless.

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