Rosewood Villa Magna is the debut Spanish launch from the celebrated luxury hotel group. Architect Ramón de Arana has reimagined this dramatic modernist lodging into a powerfully intimate hideout deep within the core of Madrid’s most exclusive postcode. The lobby, buzzing with locals and guests alike, feels more akin to a private club, with a pâtisserie keeping them sweet (and caffeinated), a pair of restaurants served by a thrice Michelin-starred chef, and a sharp cocktail bar for added bonhomie. The spaces are filled with that bright Madrileño light that we’re so besotted by, and the glamourous shopping streets of Calle Serrano and Calle Josė Ortega y Gasset are just a credit-card’s throw away. Make this your Madrid base and feel a sense of homecoming when you return after each day’s adventures.
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One €85 credit to use in the spa or put towards food and drink (excluding Amós Restaurant)
There are 101 rooms, 53 suites, and two full-size rooftop Houses.
Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is at 12 noon. Reception will accommodate requests outside of these hours subject to availability.
Double rooms from £613.34 (€708), including tax at 10 per cent.
Breakfast isn’t included in the room rate, but a full à la carte costs €42 in the hotel’s Las Brasas de Castellana Restaurant.
On check-in you’ll surely be struck by the imposing tapestry behind the reception desk – contemporary embroidery artist Jacky Puzey was commissioned for this piece drawing inspiration from Madrilenian aesthetics, rich Spanish tailoring, and the opulence and grandeur found in the local architecture.
At the hotel
Pâtisserie, cocktail bar, spa with steam room and hammam, gym, indoor and outdoor event spaces, meeting rooms, laundry, free WiFi. In rooms: marble bathrooms, laptop safe, smart television, Nespresso coffee machine.
Our favourite rooms
Madrid bathes in some phenomenal sunsets, and the private terrace belonging to the rooftop Anglada House is a magical place to take it in. Anglada can be connected to the Salamanca House, creating a four-bedroom home with a combined 1,500-square-metre rooftop terrace, right in the heart of Madrid. If you can’t quite justify booking the entire suite for yourself, the hotel runs occasional gastronomic barbecue dinner parties on Anglada’s terrace – check dates with the concierge.
Rosewood’s Sense spa is a subterranean breakout with four treatment rooms, a yoga studio, and a gym. Deep, earthy tones and the centrepiece Turkish stone hammam are a compelling nod to Madrid’s ninth-century Arabic roots, with a treatment menu that revives ancient Muslim and Berber rituals using aromatic and medicinal plants (lavender, thyme, bay-leaf, bergamot, clementine) sourced from across the Iberian Peninsula. The bay-leaf and Mayrit hammam rituals are a passage through place and time, and the El Retiro sense journey is an engaging treatment that combines cultural learning, exercise, and massage. It begins with a guided power walk touring the nearby 125-hectare Unesco heritage-listed El Retiro Park, before returning to the spa for a leg and foot massage.
Be sure to bring a good guidebook on Spanish art history – the hotel’s concierge can arrange private viewings at important ‘golden triangle’ galleries including the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Palacio de Liria.
Selected treatments from the Sense spa can be delivered in-room – enquire at the spa’s reception.
Anywhere on Las Brasas de Castellana’s sun-drenched terrace, preferably with a group of friends and a glass of La Rioja vino blanco in hand.
'Casual elegante' as the Spanish say.
Gastronomy is perhaps the greatest single signal of place, and Rosewood Villa Magna imbues this through its pair of restaurants and a dashing pâtisserie. Las Brasas de Castellana is just like an abuela’s kitchen – always there for every meal, with something fresh and local never far from the grill. In the open-plan kitchen the chef whips up traditional Spanish cuisine, typically heavy on meat and seafood, and when the sun is shining (which it frequently is in Madrid) guests spill out onto the verdant terrace. In true Mediterranean style Sunday brunch is the most important meal of the week; live music accompanies platters of chilled seafood, foie gras, pâtés and Iberian ham, all to share with the family. Chef Jesús Sánchez commands the helm at Amós Restaurant, a fine-dining homage to the gastronomy of the northern Cantabria region. Sánchez originally staked his claim with Restaurante Cenador de Amós, a triple Michelin-starred showcase of Navarran dining near Santander, and now he also brings those flavours further south to Madrid with Amós. Guests can order à la carte but as far as we’re concerned, the eight-course Esencia tasting menu is the only true option. When else will you try pigeon meatballs (spoiler alert – they’re small) with a buckwheat stew and the Mediterranean root vegetable salsify? Morning and afternoon pick-me-ups are served at pâtisserie Flor y Nata. The best afternoon tea and the finest selection of creative pastries in Madrid are bold claims, but after sampling pastry chef Emanuel Alvés’ Grand Platter we’d agree. Flor y Nata also serves light lunches and Spanish tapas backed by a remarkably strong wine list.
The hotel’s sharp-dressing cocktail bar, Tarde.O, almost justifies a stay at Villa Magna itself. Negroni devotees won’t know where to begin – the house negroni is steeped for 72 hours in bartop clay pots to intensify the flavour, and there are six other recipes to try. The bar offers a bookable guided negroni tasting hosted by the in-house mixologist, with three styles to try paired with pintxos, including an oyster, a Basque La Gilda and a Pajarete de Cádiz cheese. The cocktail and wine list has real depth (there are 25 gins alone), and it also deviates dangerously into rafts of Mexican tequilas and mezcals. Just be sure to soak up the booze with a regular drip-feed of tapas…
An established central landmark on Madrid’s chief Paseo de la Castellana north-south boulevard, Rosewood Villa Magna also adjoins the elegant Salamanca district’s Golden Mile.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is just 20-minutes by car. Taxis are plentiful, and the hotel offers luxury chauffeur transfers from €138 a trip.
Madrid’s Atocha station is 3km from the hotel and is connected by a high-speed service to Spain’s major cities, and across the French border to Marseille – it’s worth visiting the station for its lush indoor tropical gardens alone. Madrid itself is well-served by its underground Metro system, with 276 stations linked by some 15 lines. Use the Citymapper app for easy navigation.
The hotel is easily reached by car from Madrid’s M-30 ring road. Valet parking is available and costs €50 a night.
Need a camión ligero (light truck) to fit your luggage? The hotel’s concierge can arrange transfers throughout Spain in anything from a WiFi-equipped limousine to luxury vans and, yes, commercial vehicles.
Worth getting out of bed for
When your alarm sounds and you throw open the blinds, the Spanish morning light floods your suite and you’re just a quick shower and a coffee away from the best of Madrid’s offerings. Location is one of the most compelling reasons to stay at Rosewood Villa Magna, and since the city has been the uninterrupted Spanish capital since 1561, there is no shortage of ways to while away the hours. The Unesco listed Landscape of Light in the Buen Retiro Park was a private royal garden but became public property in the late 19th century, and since it’s less than 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel, it’s the perfect start to your day. Budding art critics are spoiled for choice – Madrid’s so-called ‘golden triangle’ of galleries encircle the hotel. See the national Spanish collection at Prado, European masters at Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Impressionists and Expressionists at Reina Sofia. Madrid’s National Archaeological Museum is teeming with ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Iberian artefacts and with the culture boxes ticked, you’ll be ready to shop. The Salamanca District was conceived in the 1860s under the reign of Isabel II to cater specifically for Madrid’s aristocracy and bourgeoisie. Its Golden Mile is awash with designer boutiques great and small – start at Calle Ortega y Gasset and see how far your credit card will take you.
The entire Salamanca District is comprised almost purely of boutiques, bars and restaurants, so finding an evening spot is no challenge. Ten Con Ten is a tourist haunt done properly, with a buzzing restaurant and live music every night of the week. Flores de Alcachofa specialises in modern Spanish fare and has a breezy outdoor terrace, while Oter Epicure is the place for tapas.
The copious ecclesiastical references at Religion Speciality Coffee hint at how seriously these guys take their ‘daily mass’ – but the attention paid to working with bean farmers and local roasters pays off in divinity. If the sun is shining, a cold brew from Manolo Bakes is what you need.
Pintxo culture sees every square inch of space crammed with some kind of bar or another, and half of the fun is in heading out to see what you find. Mr Smith suggests starting at La Levantera and ending at the Shaker – what happens in between best goes unsaid.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this snug hotel in Spain and unpacked their sneakers and sun hats, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Rosewood Villa Magna in Madrid…
It’s been a while since we’ve gone to Europe for the weekend. It seems we’d do it every few months before the pandemic, but it just feels so much harder now.
But we did it – Madrid for three nights. We initially picked Rosewood Villa Magna for its location in Salamanca and close to the galleries, but I also wanted the elements of a true holiday that we’ve been craving. Turning off my phone and relaxing in the spa’s hammam after a massage treatment sounded appealing – and was.
Even though Rosewood Villa Magna sits right in the middle of Madrid, the thrum of the city seemed to drop an octave as our cab pulled in through the gardens, the cyprus and carob trees towering above us.
The lobby was a surprise, it felt more like a friend’s living room in many respects. There were open fires (not running during summer) and welcoming lounges everywhere, with guests laying back reading novels and newspapers. Such is the sheer volume of art on display that some would class this hotel as a gallery. The concierge explained how much of the art nods to Madrid’s history of fashionistas, bringing the boutiques of Salamanca into each of the rooms.
It’s a nod to the Hotel’s Tarde.O bar that we always retired back here every night, despite the plentiful options just out the door. We didn’t quite get through the full list of negronis but we had a great time trying.
The easy access to Salamanca and its countless bars and restaurants had us seriously considering a move to Madrid – after all, having the ‘we could really live here’ chat over a bottle of wine is the hallmark of an inspiring hotel that makes you feel right at home. Being able to pop down to the onsite pâtisserie or out for a few beers within minutes underscored the best parts of urbanism, and served as a timely reminder that a city break to the right hotel can be a powerful lure.