Sweet dreams in Madrid's design hotel
A great hotel is far more than a place to sleep – it’s a place to dream. To this end, our series on conceptual sleep introduces a range of one-of-a-kind hotels. Our latest choice: Madrid’s Puerta America design hotel.
Anyone who can afford it should spend at least one night of their lives in a hotel designed by an outstanding architect, if only to experience the best of the best. And should you find it hard to choose between all the great options on offer, the Puerta America in Madrid is a fantastic point to start. After all, the hotel in question was not designed by one, but a total of twelve world famous starchitects. Here, each and every floor not only comes with its own style, but also an incomparable aura. On the second floor, for example, Sir Norman Foster emphasises elegance and serenity with restrained wooden flooring and white leather walls. Two floors up, design duo Victorio & Lucchino take the opposite approach and cover their rooms in generous swathes of linen, silk and crimson velvet. The top floor’s luxury suites, in turn, are dominated by striking photographs from the vaults of Alain Fleischer and Nobuyoshi Araki, curated by Jean Nouvel. And those seeking respite from the hotel’s overall sensory rush will find their minimalist refuge on the first floor: here, Zaha Hadid has turned the mineral-based material LG Hi-Macs into seamless, one-piece examples of interior perfection – including a subtle, yet stunning spiral seat. It cost a total of 75 million Euros to get this 5-star hotel just right. Opened in 2005, it is situated slightly outside of the city centre with room rates starting at 200 Euros. Last, but not least, an answer to the question on everybody’s mind: yes, if you stay for more than one night you are welcome to try another floor!
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