ll about ME…
is the perfect place to get lost in – and perhaps pile on a few pounds in the process
T he first thing that hits you as you walk through the revolving front door of the ME Reina Victoria by Meliá hotels in the Spanish capital, Madrid – aside from the super-sleek sophisticated style and friendly, fluent-in-English staff – is the smell.
Hold up, we’re not talking tapas and tobacco here, but the group’s secretive signature scent – a warm and light floral blend based on hints of melon and cucumber. Despite fervent guessing at the formula however, no more ingredients are disclosed by hotel staff.
“Only one person has ever guessed the concoction correctly,” the receptionist says, smiling, and that accolade goes to none other than pop superstar and former guest, Rihanna.
As a hotel that prides itself on being at the epicentre for the social elite and jet set, it’s no surprise that a little bit of celebrity name-dropping goes on, and I am soon informed that the likes of George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the Hollywood A-list visitors.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if a stay coincided?” I muse, off in a land far away where George leans next to my suite’s Nespresso machine casually, coffee cup in hand, with the rooftops of the Spanish capital catching the dying sun’s rays behind him, his smile brighter than anything nature could conceive…
Dragged back from my reverie suddenly by a receptionist showing me how to use the coffee machine in drinks, and even a personal event planner capable of organising, well, just about anything!
Despite being as urban as urban gets, with its strategic location in the heart of this beguiling city, the ME somehow offers guests both serenity and privacy in the heart of this flamboyant and lively capital. So after unpacking, I’m desperate to discover the city’s cobbled streets and tapas tavernas.
Miriam, my lovely aura manager (a high-brow personal butler) suggests dinner at Mercado de la Reina, a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and labelled as one of the best restaurants in the city.
Armed with a map, I head out into the warm spring air and navigate the labyrinthine streets of Barrio de las Letras past one invitingly appetising restaurant to the next.
As I was to discover, good, flavourful food is yet another aspect Madrid offers in abundance
my suite, I realise that, even without a certain Mr Clooney, things are more than adequate.
I get the unique contemporary Chic Suite, the endless view of Madrid overlooking the charming Plaza Santa Ana, the golden-hued sunset and even the coffee… as they say; four out of five ain’t bad!
And because I’m staying in the suite, everything is taken care of thanks to an award-winning personalised service. From in-suite check-in to the sound of my favourite preselected music, through to a retro refrigerator bursting with ice-cold
W hen travel guides say that the ME is the perfect place to stay when visiting Madrid, they aren’t exaggerating – the hotel is a stone’s
… It also boasts a wealth of beautiful buildings and squares, including the city hall, this picture, and Plaza Mayor, left
Madrid is great for shopping and plays host to 22 museums and art galleries, including the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art, left…
The ME Reina Victoria is right in the heart of the city