Trendy property located in Salamanca, near Serrano Street’s shopping
Rooms have flat-screen TVs, minibars, and safes, and suites offer sitting areas
Large breakfast restaurant and a stylish bar on-site
Rooftop terrace offers great views and lounge chairs
Ten contemporary meeting rooms and a business center make it convenient for corporate travelers
Guests have access to a sauna, Turkish bath, and indoor hot tub
Modern, colorful fitness center is small but well-equipped
Massages and nail service available upon request
Public parking beside the hotel (for a fee)
24-hour front desk service
Free Wi-Fi throughout and loaner adapters provided
Location is good for shopping, but removed from the attractions
Lobby gets crowded when meetings are held on-site
Some areas of the hotel need renovation
Trendy neon lights and modern designs fill the Hotel Melia Galgos, an upper-middle-range property in the Salamanca district, near Serrano Street’s designer shopping, but removed from Madrid’s main attractions. Ten meeting rooms and a business center attract corporate clientele. A restaurant serves an impressive buffet breakfast and a trendy lounge bar is in the lobby. There’s no pool, but a wellness center has a sauna, steam room, colorfully designed gym, and an indoor hot tub overlooks the seventh-floor terrace. Modern rooms feature warm, albeit generic, wooden designs and one-bedroom suites have sitting areas. For a property closer to the sights, travelers may want to consider the Petit Palace Plaza del Carmen.
This upper-middle-range hotel features hip interiors (in the common areas) and a rooftop terrace.
The plain exterior of the seven-floor Hotel Melia Galgos doesn’t match the modernistic interior designs. Blue neon lights reflect off marble floors and mirrored ceilings in the lobby, which has a nightclub vibe with chic white chairs, cocktail tables, and a grand piano. If interiors in the lobby, bar, and meeting rooms feel new it’s because the hotel completed renovations in early 2014. Melia Rewards members have a priority check-in line at the modern front desk. The trendy ambience inside the hotel appeals to a younger clientele -- particularly couples and business travelers. Views of the Salamanca district can be seen from the rooftop terrace, which would be ideal for an outdoor pool, but there isn’t one here.
In the exclusive Salamanca district, near museums and shopping
This hotel is in the Salamanca district in a neighborhood home to a mix of residences, shops, and offices. The location is two kilometers north of Retiro Park. Surrounding the hotel are many lesser-known museums -- the Museum of Lazaro Galdiano and Museum of Public Art -- and several embassies. Serrano Street’s high-end shopping is in easy walking distance and bars and restaurants are within 100 meters from the hotel. The main museums -- Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum -- are reachable by public transportation in about 30 minutes. A taxi queue and public parking lot are directly outside and numerous Metro stations and buses stops are nearby. Plaza de Oriente, with the Royal Palace and Sabatini Gardens, is 30 minutes by subway. The financial district, Plaza de Castilla, is also a 30-minute subway ride away. It’s a 15- to 20-minute cab ride to the Madrid-Barajas Airport.
Rooms feature warm and modern furnishings, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and private bathrooms.
Wood wall paneling, neutral furnishings, wooden floors, and modern decor create a welcoming, modern vibe in rooms, which were renovated in 2014. Windows overlook the streets and/or courtyard. Basic Single rooms are suitable for one person with 14 square meters of space. Premium Rooms (and Melia Rooms) have 24 to 26 square feet of space, separate work areas, and trouser presses. For groups of travelers there are Triple Rooms and Family Rooms, which are connected Superior and Standard rooms. One-bedroom Junior Suites and Grand Suites feature ornate wooden carvings on headboards, sofa beds in separate living rooms, kettles, bathrobes, slippers, and marble bathrooms. Most other bathrooms have wooden floors and modern fixtures, shower/tub combos, and hairdryers. Cribs and rollaway beds can be requested. Every room has flat-screen TVs, turndown service, safes, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and minibars.
Rooftop terrace, a wellness center, business facilities, 24-hour front desk, and breakfast service and cocktails
On the rooftop of the Hotel Melia Galgos is a spacious terrace used in the summer months for sunbathing with cushioned lounge chairs and flooring that could use updating. Also on the seventh floor is an indoor hot tub, sauna, Turkish bath, and modern fitness center with cardio machines and free weights on orange tiles floors. The hotel doesn’t have a spa, but massages, pedicures, and manicures can be booked on request.
This hotel’s 10 spacious and modern meeting spaces, which were updated in 2014, can fit up to 300 people, offering coffee service and audiovisual equipment. The 24-hour front desk can arrange airport transfers, including limousine service, and the business center offers computer and printer access. Salon Castellana serves a buffet breakfast that’s popular among guests with Spanish pastries (tasty churros), a bread station, hot foods, and more. With modern furniture and neon lights, Blue Lounge By Melia offers food and cocktail service and sports games on flat-screen TVs.
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