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Hotel Villa Magna Review
Smack in the center of the posh Salamonca district, the Villa Magna is at the hub of Madrid's chi-chi shopping district and just up street from flamboyant barrio Chueca, with its excellent restaurants, lively gay bars, and niche boutiques. Thanks to a 17-month, $68 million renovation that completely gutted the interior, the hotel's blocky, '70s-style architecture belies the cool, stylish hotel within. The sleek marble and wood-lined reception is spotted with its sapphire velvet sofas and impressive contemporary art. All of the spacious rooms are scented with the hotels own specially designed fragrance, decorated in soothing neutral tones, and have big beds, fluffy robes, and mirror-technology flatscreen TVs.
There are luxury hotels in Madrid with grander history (the Palace or the Ritz) or with more cutting edge design (the Urban or the Silken Puerta de America) yet none walk that slippery line between classic and modern with as much ease and grace as the Villa Magna. Cross the threshold and you're likely find celebrity guests sipping cocktails in a lounge littered with bold modern art paintings and sculptures, Louis XVI style armchairs, and Empire style couch sofas, all re-upholstered with modern fabrics. But it's really the smaller, behind-the-scenes details that make this hotel so unique: A team of five pastry cooks; the dizzying 100 a la carte massages from the Wellness center; or the male hair salon that counts the royal family as its clientele.
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