Part of Marriott’s luxury and design brand portfolio, EDITION Hotels is the result of a partnership with legendary hotel designer Ian Schrager. It brings together aspects of contemporary design with a subdued and minimalist style that attracts a younger demographic without alienating any age of traveler. Think of it as interior design that draws you in with the amenities of a fine hotel without the stuffiness. The Madrid EDITION’s relatively recent debut on the hotel scene is infusing plenty of youthful character into a historic neighborhood. Here are five top reasons to visit The Madrid EDITION.
The style here is striking with trendy furnishings and a wow-moment entrance shrouded in greenery from the outside. Once inside the welcome foyer, the dramatic white staircase immediately calls attention. Upstairs, you’ll find the lobby lounge and bar. Here, the brand’s signature billiard table draws attention, and later in the evening, the entire lounge fills up with the see-and-be-seen crowd. The white palette serves as a backdrop for the colorful bar with its rows of intriguing bottles and cocktails to match. A DJ often enlivens the mood. This has become a popular spot for locals to stop in for tapas and a drink before heading to dinner or the theater.
In the main lounge, the look is more like a chic living room than hotel lobby, and with few windows, the space is dim and romantic. This is not the only place to tipple here with The Punch Room (another EDITION hallmark) proving a great alternative. Elsewhere in the hotel, the minimalist theme continues with a brilliant use of space and positioning of furniture. There’s a little bit of old and a lot of new. Take, for example, the historic tapestry hanging on one wall in the lounge, which is next to 21st century furniture design.
The fitness center has modern equipment, and there is also a small day spa offering massage and beauty treatments. Aside from the main entrance, there is also a convenient side entrance that brings guests through a historic 18th century door frame. It also provides a faster shortcut to nearby Plaza de las Descalzas that takes you to Gran Via. Before you go, take note of the hotel’s signature black tea scent (you’ll find it in the bathroom toiletries, too).
All white and with high ceilings, these classy rooms will send shivers down the spine of parent traveling with children. They are stunning, but certainly not the place for people drinking red wine. Despite being open for several months, they still look like a design showroom.
Stone surfaces line the walls and floors, and the dramatic headboards behind the bed sit between two floating nightstands. Dreamy duvets, pillows and a plush mattress await (if you like it, they are for sale). Atop the bed is yet another noticeable design feature of EDITION properties: an elegantly placed fur throw.
White lamps stand to the side, and many rooms add a touch of greenery. A side table with chairs and sofa sit in one corner, and rooms feature sizable closets, minibars and complimentary bottled water. Many guests will be pleased to know that some rooms come with a balcony or terrace. One-bedrooms suites add a second living area, but it’s the glamorous Opera or Madrid Penthouse Suites that will lure big spenders. They have enormous living areas and kitchens plus a private terrace with plunge pool.
Bathrooms continue the simplistic design with backlit mirrors, pump bottles with bespoke black tea toiletries from Le Labo and stacks of towels. Rainfall showerheads are the norm, but many rooms and expansive suites come with soaking tubs, too.
With two high-end restaurants, the hotel has made a splash onto the city’s culinary scene, too. Gourmet Mexican fare is the highlight of Jeronimo on the ground floor where the menu serves three meals a day. The chef here, known worldwide for his Mexico City restaurant Pujol, is a culinary genius reinterpreting traditional Mexican cuisine using Spanish ingredients. Stop in for a drink (or at least to see the exquisite decor). Even the breakfast menu continues the Mexican culinary theme.
For example, the cochinita pibil (a traditional Mexican dish) uses local suckling pig and spices. In the guacamole, there are Serrano peppers. It’s an entertaining mix of local and international here.
Oroyo is the Peruvian venue on the rooftop. Even though it has a more tropical look with Moroccan lamps, greenery and a mishmash of colors, the menu is as delicious as the views. There is indoor and outdoor seating, and this is also a rooftop cocktail bar.
Madrid is lovely year-round, but in its steamiest summer months, The Madrid EDITION has an advantage other hotels do not. Its rooftop patio gardens, swimming pool and restaurant bring a resort vibe into the heart of a bustling city. After a day of exploring museums and monuments, the sunny patio is a great place to relax with a drink, chill in a bathing suit or take a dip in the pool. While some hotels have tiny plunges on their top terrace, this is one of the largest al fresco pools you’ll find.
Lounge chairs are tucked into verdant corners of the garden as well as around the pool. There is a bar and snack menu to enjoy throughout the day.
From the hotel, you can walk to Gran Via for shopping, dining and theaters galore. You can also walk in the other direction to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. A few more minutes away is the Golden Triangle of Art (Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Art Centre and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum). This is the true center of Madrid, and from here, you’ll find all-day entertainment and nightlife at your fingertips.
Business offices are spread throughout the city, and there are a few meeting rooms here, too. This hotel is easily accessible via public transportation to every corner of town. As a part of the Marriott Bonvoy program, guests can earn and redeem points during their stay doubling down on the rewarding experience.
Ramsey Qubein is a freelance travel journalist covering hotels, cruises, airlines, and loyalty programs from around the globe.