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.
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...
Bar Cock
This long-established cocktail bar has an atmosphere of professional drinking, and is a Madrid institution.
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
Christofle
Christofle - beautiful silverware, jewelry and gifts
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.
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...
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid
Designed by Seve Ballesteros and Javier Arana and considered to be one of the best golf courses in Spain, Club De Campo offers amazing views of the Royal Palace from its high perch on the western outskirts of Madrid.
Club Hípico
A family company with extensive experience in everything related to horseriding and stabling.
Club MUSÉE
Forget what you think you know about city-centre clubbing and turn your nocturnal attentions to Club MUSÉE, arguably the hippest place to open in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Like, ever.
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.
Dassa Bassa
This stylish, vaulted white-brick basement restaurant is popular with models, aspiring actors and general jet-setters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Isolée
José Alfredo
This bar is often busy, but the people to be seen make up for that - whether they're the pierced and tattooed yet friendly waiting staff or the occasional Almodóvar starlet...
Kabuki
Kabuki is where Japanese and Mediterranean culinary traditions come together with come seriously exciting Spanish styled sushi…
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.
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.
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.
Le Garage
Set in what was previously a car park, the interior is now reminiscent of a New York loft. The cuisine is a curious mix of Japanese and other dishes such as langoustines flambéed in cognac.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Montana
Delicious food as beautifully presented as the clientele. Many of the fresh ingredients come from the owners' farm just outside Toledo, and although the cuisine borrows Italian and Oriental influences, ingredients are genuinely Spanish.
Mumbai Massala
This trendy Indian restaurant makes lighter versions of the classics, and is probably one of the few decent Indian restaurants in Europe outside of the UK. Expect a Bollywood feel and a decent after-dinner bar, all with a resolutely Indian touch.
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.
Oz Teatro
A cut above back-street peep shows and lap dancing joints, Oz Teatro is as stylish as a strip club can be. To delve further into Madrid's vice scene, head for the Casa de Campo.
Pan de Lujo
Alberto Chicote provides top quality dining in Madrid's exclusive Salamanca district at a reasonable price.
Ramón Freixa Madrid
A two-Michelin-starred restaurant found within the Hotel Unico, Ramón Freixa Madrid serves artful cuisine with Catalan influences and undeniable flair.

Sign up for our newsletter

We'd love to keep you up-to-date with what's really going on around the world, from the hottest new restaurants and mind-blowingly beautiful hotels, to thumping underground clubs and world-class art galleries. Sign up to learn more - we promise you it'll be worth it...

X

Follow Us