With her grandiose veneer, this Spanish dowager may seem like a tough nut to crack, but tease up her skirts and you’ll find a spoil of mod stylish stays. Here’s one of them…
In the midst of the ‘Golden Triangle’, formed by the fabulous Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums, Hotel Urban holds its artsy own with an avant-garde edifice and a cavernous, industrial-style lobby lined with eye-popping paintings and sculptures. For the famous non-stop Madrid buzz, slink into the expansive Glass Bar for oysters and cocktails, followed by Med-led bites at Europa Decó, or for a quiet sip n’ dip, vacate to the breezy rooftop pool-bar, La Terrazza.
If the ole grump is a laptop-tapping night owl, choose the smart Duplex Suite where you can send him upstairs to the separate living area, while you bed down below on silky choc-hued sheets, luxuriate in the marble bathroom’s tub, or descend to the solarium and sauna. Ay, ay, ash!
Hotel Urban, Carrera de San Jerónimo, 34, +34 91 787 7770, hotelurban.com