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Hotel Highlights

  • Spectacular city-wide views from the Roof bar
  • Fantastic food from an El Bulli-trained chef
  • Central location in the Plaza de Santa Ana

Overview

Proudly positioned in the city’s bustling Plaza de Santa Ana, ME Madrid hotel’s dramatic 1919 façade belies the extensive modern reinvention within. Once a favoured hangout for Madrid’s matadors, this tower-topped hotel is now home-from-home to a glamorous crowd of fashionistas, financiers and fiesta-seekers in search of fine food, knockout panoramas and an unbeatable central setting.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking ME Madrid with us:

Free parking (normally €28 plus tax), cocktails for two with lunch or dinner, early check-in and late check-out (if available), and VIP entrance to the Roof Lounge

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

192, including 12 suites.

Check–out

Noon, but you can leave later for a fee of €10 an hour. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $178.43 (€141), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (€25 each).

Also

As a guest, you can pamper yourself silly at nearby Club Metropolitan Palacio at a discounted rate. There’s a wide range of classes (Pilates, yoga, Zumba and then some), and a menu of massages and beauty treatments.

At the hotel

Library, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, minibar, Aveda toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Book one of the Mode suites for people-watching panoramas over Plaza de Santa Ana or Plaza del Ángel (request one overlooking the larger Santa Ana for enchanting views of the Teatro Español). Several of ME Madrid’s suites belong to ‘the Level’ – a sort of VIP category that gives guests access to Nintendo Wiis, Nespresso machines, a private lounge and a door-opening, guest-list-securing concierge service. Of these, the two-tiered, two-terraced Tower Suite is the most spectacular – it’s situated at the top of the hotel and looks out over the rooftops of Madrid. The Aura Rooms are on the small side, and only have views of the interior patio.

Poolside

There’s no pool at the hotel, but guests get a discount at Club Metropolitan Palacio (€12 a person, each day for use of the spa; entry to the gym costs the same), which has hydrotherapy and plunge pools, as well as gym facilities and a Turkish bath and sauna.

Packing tips

Don’t waste valuable luggage space with fiddly plug adaptors – all ME Madrid’s rooms are fitted with international power sockets. And there’s no need to worry about a soundtrack to your stay; preloaded iPods are available to borrow.

Also

Pets are welcome for a charge of €50 a night. Non-smoking rooms are available on request.

Children

Cots are free for babies, but older kids will need their own room. Babysitting can be booked a day ahead for €20 an hour. There’s a children’s menu in the Midnight Rose restaurant.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Decorated in sleek black with an orange accent, ME Restaurant has become one of Madrid’s most in-demand dining rooms. The accomplished international menu comes courtesy of Jaime Renedo, who trained at El Bulli. The platter of four miniature hamburgers – each with a different flavour – is a favourite. There’s a startlingly good-value three-course menu del dia available every lunchtime for €15, as well as a selection of sushi and traditional tapas served in the bar.

Hotel Bar

Casual and homey, Ana la Santa's dining room is airy and leafy, with floor-to-ceiling windows, simple blond-wood tables and an abundance of green plants. Enjoy a tapas or two at the bar, or pull up a chair to savour family-style rice dishes. Open in summer, the Roof on the top hotel is thronged by in-the-know Madrileños, with killer cocktails, cushion-loaded wooden sofas and sweeping views of the cityscape. Down on the ground floor, ME Restaurant has a suitably sultry bar area adorned with two wall-mounted bull’s heads – a nod to the hotel’s past as a matadors’ haunt.

Last orders

In typically Spanish fashion, meals are served late, with lunch available between 1pm and 4pm and dinner served between 9pm and midnight. The Penthouse is usually open all evening, until 2am.

Room service

Meals, drinks and snacks can be brought to your boudoir round the clock.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Although you can wear whatever you like, the fashion-flaunting clientele will be expecting D+G.

Top table

To secure some romantic seclusion, ask to be seated in one of the booths lining the edge of the restaurant.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

If you tire of people-watching in Plaza de Santa Ana and Teatro Español, the diversions of central Madrid are all on the doorstep, including the city’s three flagship museums: the Prado (www.museodelprado.es), the Reina Sofia (www.museoreinasofia.es) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza (www.museothyssen.org). The Prado is famous for its works by El Greco, Velázquez and Goya, and the Reina Sofia museum showcases a predominantly Spanish collection of modern masterpieces.

Local restaurants

Convivial local favourite El Rincón de Esteban (+34 91 429 9289; www.elrincondeesteban.com) in the Huertas district is a temple to authentic Spanish dishes, with traditional crowd-pleasers such as Toledo partridge, Galician pork chops and tuna escabeche washed down with a wide selection of hearty reds. Set in a gorgeous historic building in the Plaza Major, La Capilla de la Bolsa (+34 91 521 8623; www.lacapilladelabolsa.com) is worth a visit for the baroque vaulted ceiling, frescoed onyx walls and ever-shifting lighting scheme alone, but the cuisine – a masterly rendition of modern Mediterranean – may even manage to tear your eyes from the fabulously OTT surroundings. Style-conscious gastronomes will be delighted to find Phillippe Starck-designed Ramses (+34 914 351 666; www.ramseslife.com) close by. The city’s in-crowd have got their feet in the door and their names on the waiting list – make sure you book at least three weeks in advance if you want a table in the bistro. The more informal area, Petit, overlooking the cocktail bar, is ideal for tête-à-têtes. Europa Decó at the Hotel Urban (+34 91 787 7780) serves inventive Mediterranean cuisine in stylish minimalist surroundings and its Glass Bar is a great spot for an aperitif.

Local bars

Once a haunt of Hemingway, Museo Chicote on Calle Gran Via (+34 91 532 6737) is quiet until around midnight, when hordes of cocktail-quaffing Madrileños flock to this classic ’30s bar and hang out until the early hours.

Local cafés

Now into its second century, Chocolateria San Ginés in a little alleyway off Calle Arenal (+34 91 365 6546) is an essential breakfast/post-club stop-off for piping hot chocolate and churros to dip in it. 

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City-centre squares

ME Madrid

14 Plaza de Santa Ana, Madrid, 28012

Planes

ME Madrid’s closest airport is Barajas International Airport, 20 kilometres away. (www.aena.es/madrid-barajas). Ryanair has flights from London Stansted, London Gatwick and Manchester in the UK, and across Europe, including Marseille, Oslo and Rome (www.ryanair.com). EasyJet also connects the capital with various points across the Continent, covering London, Lyon and Lisbon (www.easyjet.com).

Trains

Atocha Railway Station is three kilometres from the hotel. It’s the largest railway station in Madrid and the best way to escape to the villages and towns outside of the capital.

Automobiles

Hire a car at the airport if you need one, but driving in the city centre can be hectic. The M-30 and A-6 are the main roads that surround central Mardrid. Use the M-30 Barajas airport, and the A-6 if approaching from the west.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Adam Werbach , Environmental activist at Saatchi & Saatchi

The sounds of John Coltrane waft through the still sleepy Plaza Santa Ana as a grizzled jazz musician performs his own morning soundtrack. Waiters wash last night’s festivities into the gutters, pausing for a cigarette and a friendly wave as we arrive. The Hotel ME Madrid, a fantastical white eight-storey marvel, rises from the square, framing the centrally located plaza in its cool white ga…
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ME Madrid

Anonymous review by Adam Werbach, Environmental activist

The sounds of John Coltrane waft through the still sleepy Plaza Santa Ana as a grizzled jazz musician performs his own morning soundtrack. Waiters wash last night’s festivities into the gutters, pausing for a cigarette and a friendly wave as we arrive. The Hotel ME Madrid, a fantastical white eight-storey marvel, rises from the square, framing the centrally located plaza in its cool white gaze. Jetlagged from the transatlantic journey, Mrs Smith skips up the stairs holding my hand, through the rush of the spinning door, into the breezy lounge. Our vacation has officially begun.

‘Welcome to the ME Madrid,’ says the olive-skinned receptionist, resplendent in a white flowing dress. ‘Let’s get you right up to your room,’ she says with a mischievous smile. A few steps through the Eames-inspired lobby and we’re in the intimate elevators, heading to the first floor room overlooking the Plaza Santa Ana. The floor-to-ceiling windows open wide to the plaza. A soft wind billows against the gauzy curtains, hinting at a naughty sense of privacy when the thick blackout drapes aren’t pulled. There are six lighting options for the room, including one that’s just called ‘sexy’. The bathroom mirror is etched, ‘Oh, You Pretty Things’ channeling David Bower, circa 1972. We collapse into the bed, eyeing the purple martini bar and soundsystem.

The hotel stands at the precipice of the sights and sounds of Madrid. A short walk down to the Calle del Prado leads to one of the five great museums of the world, sparkling with the works of Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Bosch, Dali, and Rubens. A short walk in another direction and you’re in Chueca, the backdrop of Pedro Almodovar’s films, a cousin to San Francisco’s Castro District, full of tapas, boutiques and gay culture. Turn another direction and you’re at the Mercado San Miguel, a collective marketplace where individual proprietors peddle their wines and tapas.

Mornings start slowly in Madrid. Most cities are bustling by six or seven, but at eight only the street sweepers and keg merchants are moving. Mercifully the ME’s breakfast stays open until 11am, and most of the guests seem to partake of it on the later end. To talk about any one culinary experience in Madrid is like choosing a favourite child; you might have one but you’d never say it out loud. Nonetheless, the morning breakfast at ME Madrid, a 30-foot-long table of delights beginning with champagne and ending in the perfect egg, would be in anyone’s contention for a favoured son. We give our room number and a carafe of freshly squeezed Spanish orange juice and the perfect cortado arrives. The cortado – a small shot of espresso and warm, rich milk – quickly prepares you for the mind-numbing morning questions that the breakfast provides. Which of the three salts should I choose, pink, blue or white? What is blue salt anyway? With which of the seven oils should I dress the little green salad I make for myself? How can so many different cuts of meat come from a pig? How do Spanish people stay so thin? Which of the 12 types of bread shall I choose to go with the five types of cheese? It is the fresh and tangy burgos cheese for us. Showing a bit of restraint is a challenge; but this is Madrid, and there is always another meal waiting.

And then we are off on our day, walking through the cobblestone streets, from the Sofia Reina museum to see Picasso’s Guernica to the rush of humanity in Puerto del Sol, where street magicians dress as aliens and prance for children as protestors demand higher wages for public service workers. This is Madrid, a city that drips with love, where people look you in the eye as you pass, where the economic predominance of the past is distilled into a tranquil quality of life for today, and there is always another bar, another museum, another corner.

Finally, we retreat to the ME Madrid and indulge in a massage at the Spa Metropolitan in the adjacent Plaza del Angel. We walk past pilates-toned locals, peddling off last night’s patatas bravas. We descend a flight of stairs to a candlelit room. We take a brief respite before our final evening begins.

Locals point us to the private elevator on Plaza Santa Ana that leads to the roof-lounge at the ME. We’re there early, so it’s empty, and we curl up outside on a downy white sofa. Mrs Smith has her Tinto de Verano – red wine with a little bit of soda and fruit – and I drink a Cruzcampos beer and stare out at the city before us. The conversations grow louder; joyful men in skinny jeans and long-haired brunettes in wedge heels begin to fill the roof and the beats start to get louder. The moon rises through the roof’s columns. For centuries others have enjoyed this view of Madrid, and we smile softly at each other, feeling like the luckiest people in the world.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in ME Madrid's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Central location, absolutely everything is within easy walking distance.

Don’t expect

The bar service on the roof terrace seemed a little chaotic and disorganised.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved the hotel, the location and the balcony. I also think we did well to get the 'Energetic Room.'

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Our stay in ME Madrid was perfect. Despite it being located on one of the busiest squares, the hotel always felt like a tranquil place. The rooms were indeed a bit small but it was ok for two of us. Breakfasts were great. And staff at the reception always went an extra mile to make our stay really enjoyable. Overall I can say that this hotel is perfect for a short trip/weekend in Madrid. I would definitely stay there again.

Don’t expect

The spa outside of the hotel is available for €12 per person. I think it would be nice if this could be offered for free.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is in a perfect location right in the city so no time is wasted getting to what you want to see.

Don’t expect

We had access to the VIP lounge but it wasn't explained to us how we should prove it, so we were quite rudely turned away!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This was a good value hotel, with a decent size room, comfy bed, lovely bedlinen, excellent location and uber cool rooftop bar with amazing views.

Don’t expect

I would've liked to have a hairdryer. I found that the rooftop restaurant was style over substance, sadly.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the superb location, tucked away from the big chain hotels but close to the major sites. Plus, it's right in the middle of great shops, bars and street markets. I liked the nice bathrooms and toiletries, and the roof terrace was also a bonus – it has good drinks, and heaters in cool weather.

Don’t expect

The iPod dock was actually just a CD player/radio in my room. Vacuuming the corridors could start later – 8am is really too early. Compared to the other floors, the top-floor decor in the public areas was, I though, shabby.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the historical design, beautiful venue, the gorgeous room, the professional and super friendly staff, the luxury service, the perfect locaction (Plazza Santa Ana is amazing for tapas), the magnificent breakfast and the trendy rooftop.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was in a great location and was modern and welcoming. We had a lovely room with floor-to-ceiling windows and the buffet breakfast was very good.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location was great and the hotel room was nice with thoughtful features.

Don’t expect

It would be great to have a table and chairs on the balcony

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were extremely helpful. We really enjoyed breakfast and the rooftop bar is great.

Don’t expect

Service at breakfast time was a little confusing as no-one really told you what to do.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is the best location to enjoy Madrid – right on the fabulous Plaza Santa Ana lined with cafes and restaurants. The hotel staff were excellent, informed and friendly. The roof terrace is stunning (I imagine more lively in the summer!) The rooms are spacious with wonderful large windows.

Rating: 8/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is walking distance from the major museums and attractions in the centre of Madrid. It's also a surprisingly peaceful hotel, considering the location and the rooftop bar is a fantastic spot for people watching and gazing out over the city. The staff were particularly good too.

Don’t expect

The breakfast is good but we were never offered the hot choices; Mrs Smith ordered an omelette one morning but only after asking if it was possible; a little advice on that would have been nice.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

ME Madrid is in a wonderful location: no need for taxis at any time. We had a room on the 6th floor (room 603) that would be amazing in the summer due to a split-level balcony with loungers. The bedroom itself was small, however the bathroom was very nice, and there was a comfy bed. The restaurant and breakfast were good and in a lovely setting, the bar drinks suprisingly reasonably priced (but Madrid felt cheap for food and drink on the whole anyway compared to many European cities). Local restaurants outside the hotel were €10-15 a head, which would see you leaving with a full belly! Staff were friendly and polite. I would highly recommend this hotel (we paid half price through the Times offer) at the price paid. A good find.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's very stylish and exclusive feeling. The staff was excellent and the ambience relaxed but professional. The rooftop bar has a great view, even if the cocktails are pricey! The barman in the main bar was great at his job, too. The location couldn't be better – it's within easy walking distance of all the main things you'd want to see and literally hundreds of great bars and restaurants.

Don’t expect

Even with very good double-glazed windows it was a little noisy, but that's the price you pay for staying in the hippest part of a city which never seems to sleep!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Excellent central location in old Madrid, within easy walking distance of main tourist attractions. Attentive and friendly service. Good quality restaurant with excellent breakfast buffet (you need to ask for the cooked breakfast menu), also great tapas at a good price for lunch and dinner.

Don’t expect

More reception staff would be better, as they double as concierges.

Rating: 10/10 stars