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Bed Matters - ME Melia, Madrid

Where? Located on the pretty Plaza Santa Ana, the ME Madrid is just minutes from the Prado, Puerta del Sol and, most importantly, Madrid’s abundance of first-class bars and restaurants. But if you can’t be bothered to go out, the Penthouse rooftop bar provides panoramic views across the capital.

What’s Special? Apart from the Penthouse, it’s the first hotel in the ME by Meliá brand, aiming to bring an exceptional, personalised (“it’s all about you”) concièrge service to every guest. Each room phone has an “Everything is Possible” button and the Experience Manager is on hand to attend to your every need.

Every Need? As long as it’s legal and decent. Even the undemanding will enjoy the iPod connection, 32-inch plasma TV and feather top bedding in every room.

Sounds swish. The design’s more “understated contemporary” with a youthful decadence. Dark, hardwood floors, acid-toned mini-bar cabinets and shower towers make it sleek and chic.

Who goes there? Celebrities from the pages of ¡Hola! flocked to the opening night party. Almodóvar filmed scenes of Hable con Ella in the hotel’s Bar Taurino back in 2002. And Ava Gardner used to stay here when she was in Madrid.

So, it has history? I’ll say! It used to be called the Gran Hotel Reina Victoria but lost its royal title when Franco came to power, regaining it in 1989 as the Hotel Tryp Reina Victoria. Spanish bullfighters made it their spiritual home (and Hemingway followed). One of the most famous, Manolete, always stayed in room 406.

Is that the room to bag? No! Book The Tower for 360° views and a complimentary bottle of Champagne.

Why go now? Because the ME Madrid will get lots of publicity when the movie Manolete premieres at Cannes, and because Madrid will host EuroPride in July. It’s likely to get booked up well in advance.

ME Melia Madrid -Plaza Santa Ana, 14. T: 0800 96 2720/ 0034 91 7016000

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