The Gran Meliá Fénix is one of the big hotels owned by the Spanish hotel chain, Sol Meliá, and it also happens to be the pick of the luxury hotels in Madrid. For many years, it was synonymous with The Beatles, because during the Liverpool band's single visit to Spain in July 1965, this was the hotel in which they stayed. In commemoration of their visit, one of the lounges displays objects linked to the band, which remains today one of the best musical ensembles of all time. Heads of state, artists and dozens of other celebrities have also stayed at the hotel. Some of the famous names to have graced the establishment include the actors Gregory Peck (who actually attended the opening), Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth and Cary Grant. The Beckham family also stayed here when David Beckham was plying his trade as a footballer in Madrid. Generally, the hotel welcomes guests of high rank and status. From Monday to Friday, the rooms are mainly taken up by international leaders (the United Statues, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico), and on the weekends it fills with guests with more leisurely pursuits in mind. The Gran Meliá Fénix belonged to the Tryp brand for several decades, and was awarded its fifth star in 2004. Ten of the guest rooms have a jacuzzi installed on the terrace, from which you can enjoy an exceptional view over Plaza de Colón, a space that often plays host to events and processions. The gym is open 24 hours a day, and can be accessed free of charge by all guests. During our visit in January 2011, the hotel was preparing to renovate and expand several of its facilities, including the gym, the hairdressing salon, massage rooms and the 'Royal' floor, which provides personalised services for around thirty of the guest rooms. The so-called 'Royal Service' includes benefits like independent check-in on arrival, breakfast in a reserved area, a butler service, an express laundry service (for an additional fee), use of the business centre and free access to a bar serving coffee, refreshments and apéritifs from 1:00pm to 11:00pm.