Go for dinner on the top-floor restaurant, Somos, with its “Spanish with a twist” menu. The grilled hake with romesco sauce is, we think, the perfect way to round off a late afternoon spent doing precious little in the eighth-floor spa.
The Barceló hotel occupies the first nine floors of the 36-storey Torre de Madrid, formerly the city’s tallest tower, and has enviable views down Gran Vía and across the broad, elegant Plaza de España. But it isn’t simply the setting that has drawn a battalion of tastemakers since it opened earlier this year. The 258-room hotel has one of the coolest interiors we’ve seen in many a moon. Created by Madrid-born designer Jaime Hayón, it is a riot of eclecticism, of bold primary colours, sculptural lights and playful art (the sculpture of a zebra-print bear sporting a top hat is particularly fine). We could quite happily spend all day in the lobby lounge, with its design books and art magazines, only breaking for a bourbon and cava cocktail in Garra, the bold and gold ground-floor bar.