Style: Contemporary Luxury Hotel Perfect for: business, sightseeing
Area: in the very heart of Madrid's political quarter
In a city with as much history as Madrid, it is no mean feat to make a splash on the architectural and entertainment scenes, more so, in as big a manner as the Hotel Urban has.

Not many hotels can boast a museum filled with Egyptian antiques dating back to the 12th century BC, not to mention Asian and African artwork displayed throughout the hotel. From the Papua New Guinean totems in the lobby to the Hindu statuettes attending each guestroom entrance, Hotel Urban is an art experience nonpareil. The Art Deco exterior alone sets Hotel Urban apart from its surroundings, situated as it is between the Puerta del Sol and the museum district. The portico at the hotel's entrance, dramatically shaded by a spiral steel canopy, sets the stage for the imaginative interior.

Inside, stainless steel girders and glass lifts, delineating the six-storey high atrium, impart an industrial feel, while a 'golden chimney' (actually a staircase) ascends from the basement museum to the rooftop terrace. In contrast, a backlit alabaster column runs the full height of the building, complementing the skylight's natural illumination.

The air of elegant modernity is also infused within the guestrooms. Dark wood furniture, leather fittings, carefully calibrated mood lighting and the very latest in technological conveniences come together to create the hotel's signature look of contemporary chic.

The various rooms and suites reflect unique designs and characteristics. To distinguish them further, every room has its own showpiece of ancient Asian art, complete with curatorial notes. The hotel is also well equipped for the modern traveller. Each room has wireless Internet access-a testament to Hotel Urban's commitment to anticipating and fulfilling its guests' requirements.

Hotel Urban has been included in the 'Top 100 Southern Europe Hotels' in the well-known survey drawn up each year by the leading international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller. Hotel Urban has secured this prestigious place on account of several factors, including cuisine, location, design, room types and service. This combination is a winning formula and will no doubt see Hotel Urban graced with similar awards in the near future.

THE GLASS BAR

Serving cocktails, oysters and other light Japanese-inspired appetisers, the Glass Bar is stunningly designed, with a glass wall and floor cleverly under-lit to set off the bar's luminous furnishing and chandelier.

EUROPA DECO

The Europa seats just 45, so that an intimate air is always preserved. Try dishes such as 'Cordero Ecologico Confitado y Frito de Baturra y Quinoa Real' and 'Lagrimas de Iberico al Humo del Sarmiento'.

URBAN TERRACE

After dinner, head to the rooftop where La Terraza del Urban awaits. A placid pool by day, it becomes a lively nightspot at sundown serving cocktails in an open-air setting.
PLACES OF INTEREST
  • Museo Nacional del Prado
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
  • Parque del Buen Retiro
  • Jardin Botanico
  • Centro de Arte de Reina Sofia
Figures in brackets show the travel time by car from the hotel
TRANSPORT
  • Madrid-Barajas Airport: 15 Km
  • Torrejon de Ardoz Airport: 20 Km
  • Metro -Sevilla
SERVICES
  • Europa Deco: Mediterranean and fusion
  • Glass Bar: oyster and cocktail bar, snack menu
  • La Terraza del Urban: cocktails and snack menu
  • El Cielo del Urban: international fine dining
  • Business centre
  • 4 meeting rooms
  • Limousine service
  • Gym
  • Solarium
  • Egyptian museum and collection of ancient art
  • Wireless Internet access
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