Arrival Experience: This historic art deco NH Collection Abascal hotel is among the many in Madrid protected by the government. As a result, when NH Hotels decided to completely overhaul it in 2014, there were numerous stipulations. Guests can see the careful preservation of beautiful stained glass windows, high ceilings, and architectural accents throughout. The marble lobby separates the small reception area to the right from the spacious lounge to the left. Quite efficient in design, it provides a more welcoming entrance. Candy and bottled water are out for the taking at the concierge desk while newspapers are always on offer in the lounge. The building was once a residential complex and also served as home to the Lebanese embassy before being transformed into one of the city’s most deluxe boutique hotels.
Dining: NH Collection, the most exclusive league of hotels within the NH portfolio, has placed an emphasis on culinary excellence hiring Michelin-starred chefs to oversee its restaurants and menu offering. It is evident from morning until night: breakfast is an exceptional display wrapped in a gold buffet setting. Fruit and deli meats are presented in beautiful formations while salmon salads are wrapped in plastic bubble spheres. Chilled water bears numerous scents from lime to orange-infused while juice options number more than a half dozen including freshly squeezed orange juice. A special selection for children and gluten-free diners is appreciated as is the local selection of pastries including tempting churros. Eggs are prepared to order as are piping hot espresso and coffee drinks. Lunch and dinner come with the same precision and creative presentation, often attracting local business diners from around the area (the neighborhood is an important financial center in the capital).
Rooms: Guest rooms are works of art in themselves. They have high ceilings, hardwood floors, oversized beds with high-quality linens and six pillows, and velvety soft armchairs or sofas. Large work desks come with free wireless Internet and power outlets. Four rooms on the top floor have balconies making them the most cherished in the building. Special touches in all include bespoke lamps that are inspired by a historic convent on the Italian coastline and hand-drawn paintings on the wall that highlight architectural elements of the building’s façade. Adjustable bedside lighting and charging outlets are pluses for modern-day travelers, and full-length mirrors, Nespresso machines, free bottled water, and tea makers add to the amenity roster. Marble bathrooms are spacious and bright with a wide vanity stocked with numerous niceties like both hand cream and body lotion. Showers with drenching rainfall shower heads are in all rooms while many add a soaking tub. Rooms face the main street, hotel courtyard, or interior atrium. Families will appreciate the quartet of bungalows behind the hotel that can be booked in tandem for extra living space and feature their own small terraces.
Amenities: The hotel’s outdoor terrace is a popular gathering spot, with heaters to comfort guests in colder weather. A modern fitness center is located in the basement with free weight and cardio equipment plus a bowl of fresh fruit and refrigerator stocked with complimentary bottled water and energy drinks. Meeting space for as many as 100 is available in theater or board room setups. The NH Collection prides itself on offering quality accommodations with touches of luxury such as free laundry service for one item and a wireless Internet system that is one of the fastest to join with an equally impressive speed and signal. This hotel is located within close proximity to two metro stations, convenient public transportation options, and numerous business and dining addresses. The impressive décor ranges from a lobby lounge with artistic chandeliers and a multi-tiered seating area to large-scale photographs of Madrid in each of the floor’s hallways. Tourists and business travelers alike will find this to be an ideal option in the city’s financial center.