Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

AC Palacio del Retiro
Suites look directly out onto the park and bathrooms include jacuzzis with the most privileged views in Madrid. A chic lounge bar and restaurant provide a sophisticated setting for cocktails and gourmet food.
La Carpanta
La Latina is naturally the most touristy part of Madrid, and although its bars and restaurants are overpriced, it is worth a visit for the fantastic surroundings. La Carpanta offers a selection of over 50 wines to enjoy with its excellent food.
Gran Melia Fenix
Overlooking the flowing fountains of Plaza de Colon, the Gran Melia Fenix offers concierge service for only a little extra. Club class rooms and suites on the top floor include a wide private terrace with hot tub, where breakfast can be served.
Hotel Adler
The sumptuous interior was designed by Pascua Ortega, mixing the classic with the modern. Fresh floral arrangements are displayed daily - try the adjoining restaurant, which serves first class traditional Spanish meat and seafood dishes.
La Nava
Since 1950, La Nava has been the most prestigious estate for partridge shooting in Spain, long considered the seminal destination for those in demand of high-quality shooting.
Museo Chicote
This hangout was put on the map in the 1950s. Once attracting the likes of Hemingway, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly, today Chicote draws an older crowd who like to see and be seen sipping on gin tonics and martinis.
Brioni
Brioni - the byword in sumptuous, Italian made-to-measure suits, as sported by the likes of Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Pierce Brosnan and, er, Donald Trump
EO
Classic surroundings, superb cocktails and funky vibes have given this bar a loyal following - and the pace picks up Thursday-Saturday when the DJs hit the decks.
Golf Olivar de la Hinojosa
A public facility offering both golf and tennis. There are two courses, one 18-hole and one nine-hole; rounds are affordable and calculated based on the number of holes you choose to play.
Ramses
Vincci SoMa
Kabuki
Kabuki is where Japanese and Mediterranean culinary traditions come together with come seriously exciting Spanish styled sushi…
Taberna Txakoli
Enjoy a drink with the punters, revel in the buzzing atmosphere and gaze in wonderment at the mouth-watering tapas on offer at Txakoli...
Shoko
A stylish, Asian-themed club, Shoko is a bit of a magnet for local VIPs thanks to its feng shui interior and adjoining restaurant; meanwhile, the soundtrack has a suitably cool, deep house vibe.
Pan de Lujo
Alberto Chicote provides top quality dining in Madrid's exclusive Salamanca district at a reasonable price.
AC Santo Mauro
A-list guests could be forgiven for barely venturing from the grounds of this classic palacette set in sumptuous gardens. Regal grandeur rules in the public spaces, giving way to cutting edge modernity in the bedrooms...
Malasana
Explore the winding streets of this alternative area bordering Chueca. Popular with a grunge and student set, expect funky record stores and boutique cafes.
Dassa Bassa
This stylish, vaulted white-brick basement restaurant is popular with models, aspiring actors and general jet-setters.
Don Pelayo
Both the décor and the dishes on the menu deceptively make this restaurant appear run-of-the-mill. But Don Pelayo's secret is the twist it gives to Spanish classics: potato croquettes combined with cocido broth, for example.
La Broche
A disciple of Ferran Adrià, Arola is one of Madrid's few chefs to elevate the restaurant business to the status of creative art. Two Michelin-starred La Broche will leave your senses heightened, particularly with its 10-dish taster menu.
Gabana 1800
Dressing to impress is an essential component of a night out at Gabana. Kick the night off with post-dinner drinks at Fortuny, then head here to dance the night away.
Indiana Parque
About an hour away from Madrid in San Martin de Valdeiglesias this natural recreation park offers a wealth of activities including horseriding, abseiling, archery and much more.
Real Madrid
Real Madrid is the most successful football club of the twentieth century, and a trip to one of their games ensures a chance to watch some of the world's finest footballers.
Bar Cock
This long-established cocktail bar has an atmosphere of professional drinking, and is a Madrid institution.
Moma56
One of Madrid's most popular (and sexy) clubs, Moma's slightly out-of-centre location ensures it is full of smart locals and only the most clued-up tourists.
Reina Bruja
The big red sofas in the chill-out area are the perfect complement to the innovative wall designs and straightforward layout of this visually arresting club.
Santceloni
Housed within the 5 star Hesperia, Santceloni offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The set menu includes quail's eggs, onion consommé, fennel and black truffle and plenty of Catalan wines help make the list one of the best in the city
Christofle
Christofle - beautiful silverware, jewelry and gifts
Hotel Orfila
Built in the 1880s as a private home for an artistic family, the house also contained a theatre and a literary salon in the 1920s. This luxury Madrid hotel retains its original nineteenth century façade, cobbled carriage entrance and stone stair
Loft 39
The wallets of the clientele are bulging and the quality of the stock behind the bar is high enough to meet their expectations. A very exclusive vibe and a range of ages and fashion styles in evidence.
Chueca
The Chueca area is where art and fashion stars come for brands both big and independent, and an array of trendy bars and cafes to pout and pose in when their feet tire.
Hotel Emperador
A stunning outdoor rooftop pool at one of the best luxury hotels in Madrid, the Emperador Hotel, located on the famous Madrid Gran Via.
Citra
The house specials are jacket artichoke soup; salmon slices with vanilla sauce; grilled wood pigeon with sheep cheese (idiazabal); and gnocchi and radish sauce. The most interesting thing is the way in which savoury is mixed with sweet...
Diurno
Painfully trendy and modern, Diurno has a diverse offering ranging from salad and a sandwich to a DVD rental or tub of Ben & Jerry's.
Midnight Rose
A thrill for both the eyes and the tastebuds, surprising starters at the Midnight Rose include 'oreo-biscuit' appetisers actually made of black olives and parmesan. Other dishes on the menu include sushi; popular with the fashionista crowd.
The Westin Palace
The Westin Palace is a landmark in Madrid worth seeing even if you aren't lucky enough to stay there, thanks to its ornate lobby and glass atrium. The restaurant, Asia Gallery, serves what is considered some of the finest oriental food in the city.
Club Hípico
A family company with extensive experience in everything related to horseriding and stabling.
Isolée
Europa Decó
It doesn't get much more exotic than this: African masks on the walls, totem poles from Papua New Guinea, table mats and plush seats upholstered with Vicuna skin resembling a smooth crocodile texture. Fish is definitely the speciality.
Corral de la Morería
Billed as one of the world's best flamenco shows, Corral de la Moreria features in the New York Times' '1000 places to see before you die.' Choose between dining or just a drink.

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