Everyone knows the hotel by the name of Palace, forgetting the 'Westin' bit which has been stuck in front of it since 2000. A member of the American chain Westin Hotels and Resorts (Starwood hotels), Westin Palace is a real palace, as impressive from the outside as the inside. The lobby is very grand: with marble flooring, an original candelabra, a crystal chandelier, a monumental staircase covered with a rug, tapestries on the walls, frescos, period furniture and statues; welcome to the kingdom of elegance and refinement. This sumptuous 7-storey white building, which is done up in the style of the Belle Epoque, was opened in 1912 by King Alphonse XIII, and is classed as an historic monument. It was designed by the same architect as the Ritz Madrid Hotel which faces it. A masterpiece of Art Deco, the dome of the lobby overlooking the piano bar is the real gem of the hotel. People come from all over Spain to drink coffee beneath this famous dome! The stained glass window of the dome lets sunlight filter through, and it is this which allowed operations and surgical interventions to take place during the civil war in Spain, when the place served as a hospital. There are lifts up to the 468 rooms of the palace. They can be accessed by sumptuous, but never-ending corridors: a real labyrinth!