[London, August 2002] With guests including Ava Gardner, Tony Curtis, Sofia Loren, and Elizabeth Taylor since it’s opening in 1953, the Castellana Inter-Continental Madrid has long been regarded as one of the capital’s most prestigious celebrity haunts. The renovation of more than US$20 million reaches this September, the hotel is destined to once again take centre stage.
The first new international property to open in Madrid after the Civil War, the Castellana boasts an enviable location. Situated where the contemporary meets the cultural, it’s just a short stroll to Madrid’s most fashionable shopping district the ‘Golden Mile’, with its designer boutiques, fine shoe shops and exquisite jewelry stores. Also nearby, is the ‘Paseo del Arte’ (Art Promenade) with stunning museums and an eclectic range of restaurants and bars. No wonder that legends past and present have made the hotel their home whilst visiting the capital.
British design team Ilana Design has created an elegant aesthetic, highlighting the typically Spanish decorative qualities of the hotel’s original design. Key features are the hotel’s lobby with its imposing dome and the landscaped gardens, a welcome oasis in the Spanish capital. The two create a courtyard garden allowing guests to enjoy the cool of al fresco dining at a café and restaurant in the summer months, yet be protected from the elements when necessary. Bar 49 is also located in the dome and is set to become the place to see and be seen. This vibrant bar will offer a range of cocktails, snacks and tapas.
The understated luxury of the lobby is carried through into all 307 guest rooms and suites. What’s more 70 rooms benefit from terraces overlooking either the hotel’s gardens or the Paseo de la Castellana, further enhancing the rooms’ feeling of space and light. Bespoke furniture teamed with impressive technology - adjustable air-conditioning and heating, sound-proof windows, ISDN lines and safes large enough for laptops - are featured throughout.
This stylish renovation, combined with the superb levels of service and unrivalled facilities will set a new standard amongst Madrid’s hotels. The Castellana Inter-Continental, Madrid will exceed the expectations of its cosmopolitan clientele, while remaining Spanish at heart.
A standard double room costs from 355 euros (approx £230) per night based on two people sharing. For more information or to book, call 0800 0289 387 or visit www.intercontinental.com