Gran Melia Fenix Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Salamanca, Madrid, Spain

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Pros

  • Central location in upscale Salamanca neighborhood
  • Elegant rooms with Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs and pillow menus
  • Butler service available for all room categories
  • Outstanding breakfast buffet with healthy and gluten-free options
  • Fine dining at Terraza Restaurant, plus a popular upscale cocktail bar
  • RedLevel rooms offer access to a private lounge, a rooftop terrace, and great extras
  • Extensive meeting space with AV equipment
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free bicycles on request

Cons

  • No fitness center or spa
  • Some rooms have poor views
  • Some underwhelming bathrooms, with shower/tub combos
  • Fee for valet parking

Bottom Line

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.

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 Location

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.

  • 17-minute drive to Madrid-Barajas Airport
  • Steps to restaurants, bars, shopping, and nightlife
  • 1-minute walk to upscale shopping on Serrano Street
  • 4-minute walk to the National Library
  • 10-minute walk to Retiro Park, Madrid’s most famous garden
  • 10-minute walk to Puerta de Alcala
  • 11-minute walk to Cibeles
  • 17-minute walk or 15-minute Metro ride to Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • 18-minute walk to El Prado Museum
  • 18-minute Metro ride to Plaza de Oriente, home to the Royal Palace, the Royal Theater, and Sabatini Gardens
  • 20-minute Metro ride to Plaza Mayor
  • 23-minute walk or 12-minute bus ride to Puerta del Sol
  • 29-minute walk or 12minute bus ride to Reina Sofia Museum
  • 18-minute Metro ride to La Latina, a nightlife hotspot
  • 21-minute Metro ride to Templo de Debod Park, with great views and an original Egyptian temple
  • 22-minute bus ride to La Almudena Cathedral
  • 22-minute Metro ride to Plaza de Castilla, the financial district

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • Hermosilla 2, Madrid, Madrid, 28001 Spain

Room Types

  • Deluxe Penthouse Suites
  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Penthouse Suite
  • Grand Premium Room with Whirlpool
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Premium Red Level Room
  • Premium Room
  • Presidential Penthouse Suite
  • Supreme Room with Views

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 212
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Salamanca, Madrid
Address: Hermosilla 2, Madrid, Madrid, 28001 Spain
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