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Hotel Wellington Hotel 5 star
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An iconic luxury hotel in Madrid, the Wellington can also be described as a bullfighting establishment because of the many bullfighters and bullfighting events it has hosted since it opened in the 1950s. It is located in one of the most glamorous streets of Madrid, with comfortable rooms and, more recently, two gourmet restaurants, one of which has a Michelin star. Although located in an historical building, the Wellington is a high-class hotel that has adapted to modern times. All of the rooms were renovated in 2010.

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    Location 7.5 /10

    The Hotel Wellington is in one of the most exclusive streets of Madrid (Calle de Velazquez), in the heart of the prestigious Salamanca district. It is walking distance from the Retiro Park, a haven in downtown Madrid with its lake and greenery, ideal for a stroll or more vigorous exercise. The area surrounding the hotel is also packed with restaurants, shops of all kinds (including the best ready-to-wear brands), cafes, cinemas, and many other activities. Nearby cultural sights include the Archaeological and Wax Museums, both within walking distance. Other must-see sights of the city, like the Prado Museum and the Puerta del Sol, are just a 25 minute walk away. For transportation, the Madrid-Barajas airport is 8 mi away and the Atocha train station is about 1 mi from the hotel. The nearest underground stations are less than 300m from the hotel: Retiro (line 2) and Principe de Vergara (lines 2 and 9).

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    Like most luxury hotels, the Wellington has several room categories. You can choose from 117 standard rooms, 75 superior rooms, 25 executive rooms, and 7 suites (including two presidential suites). Whatever the category, the accommodation is generally spacious and comfortable, offering views of the Calle de Velazquez or Villanueva, or overlooking the courtyard with its swimming pool and terrace. The rooms have double doors and some original decorative elements, such as the headboards and bedside tables, which are in fairly good condition. The style is intended to be essentially classical and welcoming. The facilities include a computer keyboard, a safe, a minibar, large double beds, a desk, and a hair-dryer. The suites also include a lounge and Molton Brown beauty products. In addition, the walls are decorated with original contemporary paintings submitted for a competition organized by the Wellington Foundation, a charity founded by the owners of the establishment.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    The hotel originally opened its doors in April 1952 and has undergone extensions and infrastructural work since. The most recent complete renovation took place between 2009 and 2010 and was focused on the lounge areas, which have preserved the original style of the building, both classic and elegant. The building gives an air of grandeur, both inside and out. 8 storeys high, it is situated on the corner of a street where guests will also find the entrance. A few stairs lead up to doors where a charming bellboy is available to assist you. The interior features pieces of decor that seem to be straight out of a palace, such as the rug in the main lounge area that dates from the 18th century. The majority of the common areas (lounges and restaurants) are located on the ground floor. Passing through an inner courtyard, with a terrace in summer, the famous Caroli Wellington Health Club is located on the 1st floor. It is a modern centre dedicated to body worship (spa, gym, massage rooms, etc.) and is managed by a team of professionals. In this space, with its modern equipment and facilities, you can take yoga, pilates, and spinning classes, as well as receive a nutritional assessment. In addition, the Wellington is famous for hosting all sorts of meetings in its lounge rooms, which have a total capacity of 400 people.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The hotel has a number of restaurants that are renowned throughout Madrid, another one of its strengths. The first, Kabuki, is also the first Japanese restaurant in Spain to have received a Michelin star. Under the direction of Ricardo Sanz, it combines Japanese recipes with Mediterranean cuisine and offers bull sashimi among its specialities. It also features an extensive wine list. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, the average price of the menu is £130. Another very good restaurant is Goizeko, which invites you to enjoy seasonal and avant-garde Basque cuisine. Chef David Marcano, a student of Juan María Arzak, and Jesús Santos offer refined cuisine accompanied by a list of over 300 different wines in a cosy dining room. The dishes include roast suckling pig, turbot à la santurce, and beef carpaccio with Parmesan shavings. However, in addition to these gourmet restaurants, the hotel also has a cafe, "La llave de oro" (the golden key), which serves breakfast and has daily menus for lunch and dinner. It is open from 8:00am to midnight. In 2010, the Hotel Wellington opened a terrace that is open all year round thanks to its heating stove and blankets distributed to guests. Guests can also enjoy the English bar that exudes incredible charm, as it is one of the few spaces that has remained unchanged since the Wellington opened. It consists of a bar and just 5 tables but it has a really warm atmosphere. Open from 9:00am to 1:00am, it is located right next to the charming reception room of this historic hotel.

    To know

    In addition to its luxurious appearance, the Wellington is a classic Madrilean establishment, classified as a 'bullfighting' hotel because of its relationship with this art form. The hotel's founder, Baltasar Iban, created the breed of fighting bulls that bears his name. The great Curro Romero, considered one of the best bullfighters ever, made this hotel his residence, and other matadors including Manuel Benítez, "El Cordobés", "El Cid", Ortega Cano, Finito de Córdoba, Francisco Rivera Ordóñez, and Paco Camino have all patronised this establishment. In addition, the hotel hosts many bullfighting events. A permanent photography exhibition by José Ramón Lozano offers a display of the numerous celebrities who have visited the hotel. As a gesture towards modernity, the hotel was able to acquire a cow from the famous Cow Parade, which it has placed in the courtyard. Other personalities who have stayed at the Wellington include writer Ernest Hemingway, scientist Severo Ochoa, the Dukes of Wellington, and numerous guests for the wedding of the Princes of Asturias. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel but is a charged service (£13 per day), however, a business centre offers computers with a free Internet connection. Guests have free access to the hotel's gym and spa (Caroli Wellington Health Club), which is definitely worth a visit.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, hammam, massage, beauty salon, spa, keep fit, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym, sports, mountain bike

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The location: beside the Retiro park in Madrid's most glamorous district
    • The spacious, elegant, and comfortable guest rooms
    • The high quality restaurants
    • The friendly staff

    disadvantages

    • It is not accessible to all budgets
    • The lack of facilities for children
    • The charged Internet access

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score 9.00/10
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