Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

Viva Madrid
Open both during the day and at night, it's worth arriving at this beautifully decorated bar early in order to secure a table from which to admire its tiled décor, romantic prints and vaulted ceiling.
Viva La Vida
All is calm and zen at this yin-yang inspired restaurant with both a sunny outdoor terrace and an indoor patio garden, where house specials include a rich-flavoured gula fish salad.
Vincci Via 66
Olds meets new in this National heritage building that’s been redesigned in a chic, contemporary style. The rooftop terrace is a must for those seeking to view Madrid in all its sunset splendour. &n
URSO Hotel & Spa
Luxurious boutique hotel URSO Hotel & Spa offers a decadent urban spa, a creative dining concept and elegant guestrooms in central Madrid.
Tryp Ambassador
This elegant hotel is located in the historical city centre of Madrid, close to the Royal Palace, Teatro de la Opera theater, the courts and the Gran Vía.
Toma
Owned by an American, its brunch is especially popular and thus oversubscribed. However, Toma would also be perfect for a romantic dinner for two, given its low lighting and magnificent view of the Conde Duque cultural centre.
Thai Gardens
This is as authentic a Thai as you'll get in Madrid, and it has both its lush garden and the excellent service to commend it.
Tenis Casa de Campo
Owing to the climate and a propensity for warm springs and autumns, tennis is a popular sport in the Spanish capital. Enjoy some sun and exercise at this well-run public complex.
Tempo
If you're looking for an alternative to the glamorous club scene, Tempo is a great place for a dance - or a quieter drink in the café upstairs.
TAO
Tao is one of the most exclusive sushi and tepanyaki restaurants in the city and is surrounded by luxury hotels, major banks and smart office blocks on the Paseo de la Castellana. Fortunately, the wine list is also comprehensive.
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...
Taberna Maceira
The cheery, bohemian Taberna Maceira is one of the funky tapas bars found along Calle Jesus. True to its Galician theme, the speciality is octopus - and everybody seems to be eating it.
Taberna del Alabardero
In an area that abounds with cafes, bars and tapas restaurants, there is something wonderfully simple about Taberna del Alabardero. Great tapas and charming staff make it an excellent lunchtime option - if priced a little above the norm.
Susan Club
New to the scene in central Madrid, Susan Club draws a mixed and sociable crowd who are incredibly animated, particularly after a few of the club's special G&Ts.
Suite Prado
This self-catering hotel offers very bright and large suites with separate white marble bathrooms, lounge area and kitchenette. Each has an independent dining room, sofa beds and large, comfortable armchairs.
Suite
Grab one of the cream-coloured leather armchairs or sofas by the front window, and watch the mainly hetero crowd shout above the trance, funk or house music that seems to get louder and harder as the night wears on...
Stop Madrid
Always bustling, Stop Madrid nestles at the base of C. de Hortaleza, near C. de Fuencarral - Chueca and Malasana's main shopping streets - making it the perfect pit-stop for a quick bite. Warning: its decoration is pitched at the carnivores among us.
Stars Dance Cafe
If you're out to have a good time, Stars is a safe bet; a café, restaurant and hang-out zone during the day and a great party venue by night, it is all things to all men.
Spa Relajarse
Intimate little spa wonderfully decorated and positioned in the middle of Madrid, perfect to detox and relax.
Sol y Sombra
Inspired by the Spanish passion for the bullfight, the upmarket Sol y Sombra (sun or shade) tries to bring a little class to a neighbourhood full of cheap-shot and disco-house bars.
Room Mate Oscar
A minimalist theme runs throughout the public areas and rooms of this hotel. Particularly popular at the end of June for the one of the city's biggest parties - Gay pride week - with the location just a stone's throw from busy Gran Via.
Room Mate Mario
Mario Room Mate is part of a new concept hotel chain in which the hotel takes on a personality of its own, mimicking a friend you might stay with. Mario is 'a music composer and loves cinema'...
Room Mate Alicia
Modern hotel, exquisitely designed by Pascua Ortega. Location cannot get better either, as it is situated on the Plaza Santa Ana. Notable rooms are the duplex suites, which even make returning from the wonderful art museums enjoyable.
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.
Rayo Vallecano
Founded in 1924 and based in the neighborhood of Vallecas, Rayo play in Segunda Division and host home matches at Estadia Teresa Rivero, which is named after female President Teresa Rivero Sanchez-Romate.
Puro Placer
Triumphantly flouting the smoking ban, Puro Placer offers a specially ventilated humidor, from where you can choose a fat cigar to enjoy amongst the orange hues of this attractive bar.
Posada del Peine
Great central location and historically notable, this hotel is a great place to stay. Small rooms; but they house large beds, fantastic showers and flat-screen TVs. Charming.
Plaza Oriente
Probably the best spot in the city to provide views over Madrid's more stunning grounds. With nearby cafes lining the streets and beautiful gardens, open for the public to bring picnics, this provides an ideal day out to relax and breathe in the mor
Plaza Mayor
The town square is used for several purposes, from coronations to bullfights. In addition to the vibrant entertainments hosted here, tourists enjoy the charming cobbled streets and terrace cafes, perfect for a spot of people watching over the market
Plaza de la Cibeles
Enjoy the buzzing hub of the Centro area, where the popular Paseo del Prado and Calle de Alcala meet, and where you will find one of Madrid's most famous monuments. This spot also offers a celebration spot for Real Madrid football fans upon a big win
Piscinas Casa de Campo
The large urban park of Casa De Campo has long been a recreational retreat for the people of Madrid, with the open-air and indoor swimming pools proving immensely popular.
Parque del Buen Retiro
This stunning open park retains an elegance brought by its former role as part of the palacial grounds. Now open to the public, families, couples and friends enjoy the tree-lined avenues and fantastic people-watching opportunities. Walk of a large
Palacio Gaviria
Baroque grandeur is not normally a design ethos associated with clubs, but that makes a night at Palacio Gaviria all the more interesting. Come on Wednesdays for tango night or weekends for more mainstream music.
Oui
Oui, with its original set-up, dark and atmospheric vibe and experienced management, is well worth a look.
Ottocento
Ottocento is yet more proof of Checua's rise as the epicentre of all things cool in the city. Expect Italian-Argentine fusion on the menu, but some very questionable cheesy Italian-themed music as a backdrop to your meal.
OTTO Madrid
At once a lounge, terrace, bar and restaurant, OTTO Madrid is a chic place to refuel in the Spanish capital’s fashionable Salamanca district.
Olsen
Olivera
This Serbian-run venue is popular with artistic types and their beautiful muses who kick back and relax in the subtly lit space to listen to jazz, electro funk and bossanova, as well as music from the Balkans.
Nina
This restaurant is definitely more Manhattan than Malasaña - though the street it is on is gradually becoming more up-market. The venue attracts a relaxed and affluent crowd who come to enjoy the large selection of Mediterranean dishes on offer.
Nietzsche
Cool has come to La Latina in the form of this laid-back exhibition space-cum-bar. Come to watch the weirdness unfold as live acts performance art and projection screens make for a distinctly surreal-feeling evening...

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