Gran Melia Fenix
At Gran Meliá Fénix scarlet velvet chaise longues, ornate rugs, embroidered bedding and exquisite art all add to the elegant and refined feel of this classic of Madrid hotels. The 215-room Gran Meliá Fénix occupies a National Heritage building that dates back to the early 1950s, but underwent complete refurbishment in 2002.
Club-class rooms and suites on the top floor include a wide private terrace with a hot tub for four, where breakfast can be served, and there is a separate concierge service and host of other added bonuses, all for a fraction more expense. Overlooking the flowing fountains of Plaza de Colón, the grand, circular lobby has a stunning stained-glass atrium decorated with enormous flower arrangements and punctuated by the dulcet sound of the in-house pianist. Staff are of the mature, well-experienced variety and the door staff are particularly cheerful.
During the week, guests are predominantly here on business so the atmosphere can be rather formal, but at weekends the tourist arrivals lighten the mood. Maybe it’s because they know they’re only paying half as much as their corporate counterparts?