The latest EDITION hotel arrives in Madrid • Hotel Designs
Following the launch of The Barcelona EDITION in 2018, The Madrid EDITION, which will open for preview in March 2022, is the city’s first luxury lifestyle urban resort. The design of the hotel, under the watchful eye of Ian Schrager Company – is an unlikely combination of the refined elegance, purity and simplicity of the British architect John Pawson and the art, spirit and originality of Paris Francois Champsaur. These two completely different and opposite approaches and attitudes juxtapose but successfully coexist, making The Madrid EDITION a total surprise and a totally unexpected and completely unique result.
“It’s about creating an original and new gathering place for locals and visitors.” – Ian Schrager, EDITION Hotels.
True to the brand, the design embraces Schrager’s vision and ethos for understated elegance while showcasing the innovative and elevated experience, ethos and exceptional luxury service that EDITION is known for with two restaurants, each run by an award-winning world-class chef, three unique bar concepts, exciting nightlife and entertainment, a stunning rooftop outdoor swimming pool with breathtaking views of Madrid’s cityscape, a wellness and spa center and a series of spectacular meeting and event spaces bathed in natural light.
“Madrid, for us, is a real world-class capital,” said Ian Schrager, the visionary pioneer of the boutique and lifestyle hotel concept, EDITION hotels and PUBLIC hotels. “It’s just a beautiful city that walks at its own pace and goes its own way.”
The hotel will house 200 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, including several connecting units for groups of friends and families, as well as an exclusive selection of rooms with private terraces. This innovation and creativity, long associated with Ian Schrager, along with Marriott International’s reputation and operational expertise result in a distinct, original and unique offering that captures the essence of the spirit, traditions and the energy of Madrid.
“It’s not just a hotel. It’s much more than just a place to sleep. It’s a real center of popular culture, entertainment and social interaction that is a microcosm of the best that Madrid has to offer and that perfectly captures the spirit and essence of the city,” Schrager said. “It’s about creating a quirky and new gathering place for locals and visitors alike.”
True to form, Schrager has worked his magic and pulled it all off with a meticulously crafted concept that brings a real sense of individuality to the hotel. It presents culinary concepts recognized by partner chefs Enrique Olvera, whose restaurant Pujol is one of the ten best restaurants in the world and Diego Muñoz, who led the acclaimed restaurant Astrid Y Gaston in Lima to victory as the best restaurant Latin American in the 50 best restaurants in the world. Restaurants. Two great world class chefs like this in the same hotel is absolutely unprecedented. There’s also a unique specialty cocktail bar, the Lobby Bar, and a rooftop terrace concept that remains unrivaled in Spain.
The building itself, which sits in Plaza de la Descalzas with views reminiscent of a 16th-century royal monastery, is sleek and modern, embellished only by a decorative 18th-century Baroque portal, designed by the Spanish architect Pedro de Ribera, and which was recovered from an adjacent building. From here you can access the hotel’s signature restaurant, while its main entrance, around the corner, features an explosion of greenery and an alluring copper canopy that leads to a dark oak-lined space anchored by a dramatic sculptural spiral staircase that meanders fluidly. to the entrance hall on the upper ground floor.
As in all EDITION hotels, the lobby is the beating heart of the hotel while personalized service is its soul. Here, under an undulating ceiling, the Lobby Bar is a dynamic and sociable space offering a new kind of gathering place for the city’s most discerning residents and visitors, dressed in a mix of bespoke furniture and designer pieces. renowned designers arranged in intimate seating groups. This includes sofas and armchairs by Jean-Michel Frank, recycled bronze stools by Maison Intègre, rope-covered chairs by Christian Astuguevieille and a shapely pool table that designer Emmanuel Levet Stenne sculpted from a single slab of matte white marble Bianco Neve. Behind the handcrafted scalloped copper bar is a backlit caged bottle display and as always the emphasis is on warm, indirect lighting, which has been carefully thought out to give the room a warm , softness and accessibility while illuminating key parts under direct spotlight.
Downstairs, the entertainment venue is a cool after-dark spot that, when it opens later this year, will rival Madrid’s legendary nightlife in a glamorous setting defined by a plaster wall polished gold and a backlit onyx bar with a leather base. The full-length red velvet curtain behind the stage was embroidered with copper wire in a traditional Spanish pattern, while the black fringed velvet chairs were inspired by bullfighter hats. In addition, on this floor is the fully equipped gym and wellness room, a comfortable and intimate space clad in dark wood and embellished with antique baroque candelabra. There are five treatment rooms, including one with a private steam suite, plus a menu of treatments including the signature mud bath, which uses products from Spanish brand Natura Bissé.
Ascending to the fourth floor, the rooftop is the hotel’s sanctuary overlooking the bustle of the city. Here you will find Oroya, the restaurant run by Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz. In a casual, friendly greenhouse-like setting, framed by a blackened steel cage covered in climbing plants and colored glass panels that project light patterns into the room, the restaurant serves a casual tapas menu with plates to share. family-style that tell the story of Peru. cultural history with Spanish, African, Italian, Chinese and Japanese influences. These can be washed down with Pisco-led cocktails like the famous Pisco Sour and Capitan, or a glass of wine from a curated menu by sommelier Julio Barluenga.
Outside, facing exhilarating city views, Oroya’s Terrace is an alluring garden in the sky with a fireplace and vine-covered pergola beneath which sits a bleached teak bar and wooden bar stools. rattan, next to a long oak table, perfect for lazy lunches with friends and family. Also on the roof is the largest rooftop swimming pool in Madrid. A place to see and be seen, it’s the perfect place to sip cocktails and nibble on small bites on one of the 60 sunbeds while admiring the quintessential view of Madrid’s red rooftops against the backdrop of the setting sun.
Also on the fourth floor, in a prime sunset-view location facing west, are two of the largest penthouses in the capital. Both are split level with great views of the architectural landmarks from the bedrooms on the upper floor, while the lower floor features the living room as well as a butler’s kitchen. The Madrid Penthouse is a sprawling private sanctuary perched above the city skyline with an unparalleled panoramic terrace and a private outdoor infinity pool surrounded by lush vegetation.
The hotel’s offering is complemented by a series of flexible meeting and event spaces, all with natural light and state-of-the-art technology, including a bright two-story grand ballroom, three studios with walls of separation for custom configurations, a conference room and a relaxation area. designed to feel like a living room. With the brand’s legendary service, The Madrid EDITION is a dynamic extension of an ever-changing city with a genuine joie de vivre that already roams its picturesque streets.
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