There is simply no other hotel like this anywhere in the world. It's not that it is the fanciest, most luxurious, or most comfortable hotel. It isn't. Rather, it's design is unique. In fact, each FLOOR was designed by a different designer, incorporating a variety of really neat elements. However, form and function don't always line up. So while I describe the good and the bad below, I would definitely stay here again, if only to try out a room on a different floor and see what that is like. At the front desk, they have tablet computers with pictures of each floor to help you choose where to stay.
I was on the 2nd floor. The rooms and hallways were clad in white leather. B&O telephones (that's extravagant). Electronic controls for windows, blinds, and lighting styles were good touches. The desk/counter was in marble. There were bowl sinks, frosted glass walls for the toilet, and three different shower heads. It was really neat. However, I did need to use the room, and that was a little odd at times. The shower had no door; instead I guess you were expected to not let too much water bounce off your body and on to the floor of the room or onto your dry towel. There were no towel hooks, just a rack just inside the shower itself. Water leaked onto the floor of the room more than once. The spigots on the sinks were so high that no matter what you did, water would splash onto the counter and the leather backsplash. There was no actual latch or door frame on the door in front of the toilet. This is not the best room for more than one person at a time. In addition, there were only two electrical outlets - one by the sink and one by the "desk"-end of the counter. So plugging in and using the iron (which you have to ask for) and using it means moving the desk chair (no wheels) or standing in a very narrow spot in front of the sink.
The room was immaculate. The sound proofing was superb. There was no street noise whatsoever. I only heard others' water running if I was directly in the bathroom.
The gym was on the 13th floor but only had a so-so view because it was set back behind the nightclub. It was only open from 8 AM to 10 PM, so it wasn't very convenient if you have an early morning meeting. Fortunately, early morning in Madrid isn't all that early. The gym is small, with one treadmill, one bike, and one elliptical along with a rack of dumbells.
The breakfast buffet was not all that good. I would have expected more for the 22 EUR it cost! I recommend instead walking to one of the restaurants on Avenida de America towards the metro stop. They're not fancy, but there are a couple of good diners there.
On that note, the location of the hotel isn't great. It is not close to anything - a 30 EUR taxi ride to the airport and a 10 EUR ride to the center of the city.
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