Madrid started 2015 with great touristic news. In addition to the innovative cultural proposals that are becoming more and more prominent in the capital, also the tourism industry wanted to mark a before and an after in this new year. One of the most meaningful examples is the bet placed by one the main Spanish hotel chains, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, that has opened their first hotel in centre of Madrid. It is a modern, design hotel in Gran Vía, near the Barrio de Las Letras, that stands out for its gastronomic offer and spectacular loft, where you can have a drink while enjoying the views of city roofs.
The Iberostar Las Letras is bound to the growing trend of the state-of-the-art hotels, apartments and rooms in Madrid that in this decade has seen its maximum splendour: refurbished historic buildings, reconverted into 4 star hotels at the heart of Gran Vía, next to the Plaza Mayor or in Puerta del Sol. Pioneering hotel chains, such as Petit Palace, have created a network of luxury city hotels in Madrid, with gems like the Embassy Serrano or Savoy Alfonso XII, their emblematic hotels in front of the Retiro Park.
Another important hotel chain in our country, Catalonia Hotels, features a substantial presence in the capital of Spain as well, with its hotel near the Congreso de los Diputados, the Catalonia Las Cortes, a hotel with 4 star facilities, built in an old XVIII century palace, close to everything and at very interesting rates.
The most requested areas in the centre of Madrid, in terms of accommodations, are still Fuencarral, Gran Via, the area of Plaza Santo Domingo towards Ópera and the surroundings of Plaza Mayor. The pole of attraction of Mercado de San Miguel has revitalised this last zone, where historic hotels of Madrid have experienced a deep transformation, offering now not only a complete accommodation, but also a full experience for travellers who look for comfort and exclusivity at the heart of the capital.
Puerta del Sol, El Retiro or La Castellana remain high demand accommodation centres, with a varied offer, available for any budget and travel plan. But the area that is really experiencing a peak is, no doubt, all the Barajas – IFEMA part: the demand for the Madrid fair combined with the proximity to the airport and the improved connections to the city centre have increased the numbers of hotels in Arturo Soria, Ciudad Lineal and Tetuán areas, neighbourhoods that you can now consider central ones. Only some years ago they were considered accommodations just for the MICE segment (Events and meetings).