- Style Old-world opulence
- Setting Salamanca shopping streets
Hotel Unico in Madrid is a grand old palace on the city’s exclusive Golden Mile, where the food is fine, the floors are fancy and the design is decadent. This one-of-a-kind vision of marble mosaics, swirling red sculptures and elaborate chandeliers would make Louis XIV proud.
Need to know
- Rooms 44, including six suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $239.81 (€175), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Breakfast is extra (€28 each).
- Facilities Spa, gym, gardens, free WiFi throughout and a library of books and DVDs. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod, minibar and Rituals bath products.
- Check–out Midday, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Cots are free; extra beds cost €97 a night. A local nanny can be booked for babysitting.
- Also There are ground-floor rooms adapted for wheelchair users.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For peace and quiet, book a Unico King Courtyard or Unico King Garden – each of these rooms has high ceilings and grand windows, with a view based on whatever name you go for. The Grand Suite is the blow-out option, the biggest and best, with a lounge and Jacuzzi; its guests get fetched from the airport.
- Packing tips Wide-brimmed straw hats, sharp suits and super-size sunglasses to blend in with the well-heeled crowd.
- Also Ask for a tailored massage at the hotel’s Wellness Suite.
Food and drink at Hotel Unico
- Hotel restaurant Ramon Freixa’s twice-starred restaurant is the star of the show: expect crazy concoctions such as duck burger with green mustard ice-cream, idiazabal cheese and crunchy bread, rice with cuttle fish and blood sausage, and red mullets with peas, asparagus and caviar. The surroundings are just as elaborate, with mirrored floors, patterned marble, hand-painted plates, bronze curtains and Moorish ironwork. It’s popular, so make reservations when booking your stay. The same chef is also behind the breakfasts.
- Dress code Lavish labels to match the opulent atmosphere.
- Top table Beneath the Baroque mirror on the ceiling to people-watch with stealth.
- Last orders Breakfast is from 7.30am until 11am during the week, and from 8am to midday at weekends; lunch is served between 1.30pm and 3.30pm; dinner is from 9pm until 11pm.
- Room service Food can be ordered any time, night or day.
- Hotel bar The Fora Garden Bar serves cocktails and tapas in summer, and is less formal than the restaurant; a live band is in residence on Thursdays. The garden itself is open year round, but bar service is only available during the warmer months.