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On Plaza de Colon, a landscaped square in the upscale Salamanca neighborhood
The Gran Melia Fenix has one of the most coveted addresses in Madrid -- it is not only a block from upscale Serrano Street, but it’s also right on the corner of Plaza de Colon and Castellana, one of the main thoroughfares in Madrid, lined with small palaces, restaurants, and attractions, such as El Prado Museum and the National Library.
The hotel is next door to Hard Rock Cafe Madrid, but there are also lots of other less touristy restaurants within easy walking distance, both along Castellana and Salamanca and Alonso Martinez neighborhoods. The area has plenty of corporate offices, but it’s far from being a standard business area that empties out at night. Colon is always full of young and old people, and Alonso Martinez is a nightlife hot spot among young Madrileños. Goya, which comes out onto Colon, is lined with stores, but Serrano is the place to go for high-end shopping.
The National Library is across the street, and there are two Metro stops within a block from the hotel. Plus dozens of buses run along Castellana and Goya. Recoletos, served by short range trains, is only two blocks from the hotel.
The historic Gran Melia Fenix has attracted personalities such as The Beatles, Bill Clinton, Queen Noor of Jordan, and Cary Grant since the 1950s. It's one of the top hotels in Madrid, featuring a grand lobby with an impressive stained-glass dome and chandeliers; tasteful, classic decor throughout; a fine dining restaurant; and upscale services such as butlers for every room category. An executive level offers wonderful extras such as a private rooftop terrace and daily hors d’oeuvres. Elegant rooms have upholstered walls, Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs, well-stocked minibars, and pillow menus. But bathrooms can feel a tad underwhelming for a property in this price range, with mostly shower/tub combos in lower-level rooms. There’s a classy cocktail bar popular with businessmen, but the hotel lacks a spa and a fitness center.