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Madrid Hotels on their way to conquer a high quality tourism

There are two ways to run a business: the hard way, large investments, low prices, small profit barely noticeable when selling large quantities, or the easy way, which is improving the product quality, offering a high standard or more exclusive service or product, therefore more expensive, making a small sale significant in capital recovery and even make a profit. The second option is the one that some hotels in Madrid are applying, especially the hotels in the historical centre of Madrid, that used to rely on a tight market with rates lower than the ones in Barcelona, they have begun to realize that giving the guests a few amenities, with a more customized services and furnishings, they can be more efficient and earn the customer’s fidelity.

Madrid is a getaway trip, break holiday, business trip or touristic destination, many people enjoy the city during their flight layovers.  The touristic offer has gone further than the historical heritage attraction or the fact of being the Capital city. When we see Madrid as a destination, it has become more interesting and attractive nowadays, not only thanks to the public sector investments, but the private sector concern as well, that reads between the lines and realizes that people is willing to pay for something that really worth, despite the current recession.

Therefore, while you can make a reservation in a cheap second or third class hotel to spend a couple of nights, the hotel tendency, especially in the centre of Madrid, is to provide a place to live new experiences beyond resting. We are not talking only about high category hotels, but hostels, inns and guesthouses as well, they’re remodelling their premises, giving a new air, more functional, more of Scandinavian style (still trendy year by year).

However, the leading voice are the big hotel chains, the 4 star accommodations in Madrid (included some 3 star hotels, some boutique hotels and some business and luxury hotels that have grown in this quality tourism in the capital).

Within the improvements being made by the hotel industry in Madrid, we must highlight the reuse and restoration of antique buildings in landmark spots around the city that were abandoned or misused. The Petit Palace chain outstands with its proposal. The Basque company we’ve been talking about recently in the matters of hotel design since it’s a country pioneer that bets into turning every hotel a living experience inside the building, not excluding the facilities but making it the leading part in this whole new experience.

Catalonia Las Cortes Hotel

Catalonia Las Cortes Hotel

One of the most interesting examples is the Petit Palace Posada del Peine, which presumes of being the oldest one in Madrid, a city legend from past times with the perfect location in the Plaza Mayor square. With an innovating modern design that make the most of the structure, since it’s not very spacious due the antique design, a national heritage jewel.

Within the recent openings, one of the design hotels in Madrid under the label of Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, it’s their first bet for an urban hotel in Spain. This Majorcan Company is specialized in beach hotels, Caribbean family resorts, but they also have some deluxe hotels in the centre of the main capitals of Europe, they never lean towards to this segment until now, and according to the customer reviews they’re not bad at all. The IBEROSTAR Las Letras Hotel named after the neighbourhood where is located, in the Gran Vía, is close to the Spanish congress and the Paseo del Prado, boasts a beautiful design and a gastronomic menu for which is listed in the gastronomic hotels of Madrid, and of course, a wonderful terrace view.

These terraces are, precisely, one of the main hotel delights here in Madrid, aside from the best accommodation. Hotels are also trying to get the attention of the most sybarite travellers though their culinary menus, bars, chill out areas and even spa and wellness services. Years ago the hotel services were strictly reserved to guests, but now these are open to everybody that comes to Madrid, they’re trying to reduce costs in staff, furnishings and others, gathering more customers this way.

These new open services are not a regular thing. They all are high cuisine restaurants, and trend bars destined to become city hot spots for the best of Madrid, and the most exclusive travellers, creating a unique lovely environment that worth visiting, new places to visit that any traveller should enjoy here.

Las Letras, a new hotel for a new Madrid

Among the summer 2015 hotels we have decided to break our rules and be on a completely urban hotel. The new IBEROSTAR Las Letras hotel in La Gran Vía, Madrid. An accommodation that seems to make the difference. Why? For a start, it is an unusual hotel in the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts group, different from the usual beach resorts except in the big variety of services that offers, which is not frequently found in a hotel in the centre of Madrid.

In addition, it was conceived as a design hotel for those travellers that choose the destination as a life experience, not only to spend the night in the city, and that’s what we love about Las Letras Hotel, because it is a place you don’t want to miss if you visit Madrid. It also has one of the best restaurants in the capital, the perfect lounge areas for a pause in your trip through the city and a breathtaking rooftop.

The location is perfect too, just a step away from everything you need, especially the area for partying or going out for some tapas, and the government institutions: the parliament building, the city hall and the Círculo de Bellas Artes. The rooms, the bedrooms and common spaces are designed for visitors with sense of art, quietness and exclusive environments, without feeling uncomfortable or out of place.

Aimed to be a hotel for events in Madrid, it’s specially designed to host corporate meetings, product presentations, cocktails and parties, it also boasts the service of the chef Paco Morales, Michelin star, for its catering services for companies.

Without leaving the charm of an antique building in Madrid, the strategies, similar to the Petit Palace firm, take the best of the building but preserve the old façade, Its coffered ceilings, the inner stairs, creating a balance spirit between tradition and a modernity and avant-garde halo that will cover you.

Location

Being right in the centre of Madrid, the location shouldn’t matter but we want to emphasise in this one because it is a hotel next to the Parliament and Las Letras neighbourhood, an area not only close to everything, but also with the best transport services, comfortable and simple, making easy the shift to outside the city or the airport

Best way to travel in the city is through the public transport (taxi or metro). If you bring your car, there’s a parking (extra fee) near the hotel. You can also rent a bicycle which is trendy nowadays and run through the centre of Madrid, and know the parks in two wheels, a lovely experience, we can assure you.

Amenities and services

As we mentioned before to the Catering service, we can add the event counselling in Madrid, the bar, the chill out area in the terrace, in the 7th floor with a beautiful view to the Gran Vía.

Another remarkable service that caught our attention was the Wifi & Walk service, it allows you to be online inside and outside the hotel, another plus is the customized service, the gym and the room service.

Bedrooms

Something astoundingly is the opportunity to book an accommodation with terrace in the Gran Vía and… Jacuzzi, beautifully decorated (not to mention the area, not a single room with less than 24 square metres, an exaggeration in the centre of Madrid, where we used to have tiny rooms) and some other services: minibar, Plasma TV, reading lamps, wardrobe, private bathroom.

The most exclusive bedrooms are the double deluxe and the double superior with terrace, located on the top floors of the building, and offer you some spectacular views to the city

Reservations

Booking in Las Letras Hotel is quite simple: even though you can make the reservation through its website, we suggest you to make it through the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts official webpage, there you can find guarantee at the best price, plus some other hotel offers in Madrid, that you can exploit if your schedule is flexible, Check the availability before making any reservation.

Culinary experiences in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

One of the best known hotels on the island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the gastronomic hotel Iberostar Grand Mencey, next to the García Sanabria Park. The hotel is part of the prestigious Majorcan hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts and offers quality service matching its 5 stars.

The gastronomic services provided by this accommodation in the centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife stand out, specially the restaurant Los Menceyes. It also has another 2 restaurants and 3 bars clearly differentiated.

Culinary Experience in Tenerife

Culinary Experience in Tenerife

Also, the Grand Mencey hosts the Mencey Cookery Classroom, a space designed for maximum enjoyment and provide gourmet experiences for those passionate food lovers.

Both hotel guests and island residents are welcome to the cooking courses organized by the Mencey, led by the executive Chef Juan Carlos Clemente. All the necessary information on cooking courses in Tenerife can be found on the official website of the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey.

Mencey's Cookery classsroom

Mencey’s Cookery classroom

They are normally between 2 and 4 cooking classes every month. These courses can be on a varied number of topics, such as the preparation and elaboration of sushi, chocolate in the kitchen, traditional Canarian recipes, etc.

The Gran Mencey stands out for the quality of its unique features and services, with special attention to detail, with an exclusive and professional service. The Spa of the hotel has a long lasting reputation and is always a good idea to book in advance.

So, if you are planning a luxury holiday in the Canary Island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey is the perfect accommodation.

Gastronomic hotel in Tenerife

The island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a popular holiday destination for millions of people, that visit the island in search of sun and beach, and end up discovering an island with many different possibilities including cultural, sports, nature and gastronomic proposals. The Canary Islands enjoy a wonderful climate all year round and is one the favourite destinations during the autumn and winter, but maybe the vast majority of people are not aware of all the possibilities the island has to offer.

Restaurant Los Menceyes

Restaurant Los Menceyes

The hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is determined to promote the culinary offer of those destinations in which it has a presence, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife is no exception. The companies hotel on the island, the Iberostar Grand Mencey hotel has 3 restaurants and 3 bars, as well as its renown Mencey Cookery Classroom. The Grand Mencey is a perfect example of a gastronomic hotel in Tenerife.

The chef Juan Carlos Clemente is responsible for the gastronomic offer of the hotel, as well as organising numerous cooking courses, show cooking, team-building, private dinners and cooking cycles such as the present “Women with a Star”. This cooking cycle congregates, once a month a spanish women chef that has a restaurant with Michelin star, and offers a real Master Class with a presentation of their most famous signature dishes, and of course, have the possibility to enjoy a degustation menu from a fine dinning restaurant.

Fine dinning restaurant in Tenerife

Fine dinning restaurant in Tenerife

The Los Menceyes restaurant offers an authentic gourmet cuisine, based on the traditional gastronomy of the Canary Islands and the most delicious products of the islands, such as the majorero cheese, gofio, fish and seafood from the Atlantic, bananas, wine, etc.

The base for all good cuisine are the raw materials, but without the creativity and the will to offer clients the best possible dish, the objective of all gourmet restaurants is far from possible. At the restaurants of the Grand Mencey and its Cookery Classroom you feel the desire to transmit to the guest a unique and unforgettable experience.

 

The beautiful Majorca

Visiting Majorca in summer is still a ritual European tourists with a high acquisition level practise every August. With the official arrival of the summer in the rest of countries of the continent, millionaires, famous people, important business men, the royal family or even political authorities meet in this beautiful island of the Mediterranean where prince Rainiero and Grace Kelly spend their honeymoon.

Holidays in Mallorca

The northern coast, with the idyllic Cabo Formentor putting the final touch to the Serra de Tramuntana, is one of the preferred destinations in the island by the jet set to spend their sunny holidays. Making a reservation in one of the exclusive hotels on the north of Majorca gives you options to meet any of them heading to the golf court, to the spa or to the beach.

No doubt the north of Majorca is a luxury: choosing a beach hotel in Muro will allow you to discover the incredible Albufera, which lies among dunes by the sea or by the beaches and coves of S’Aucanada, La Victoria, Son Serra de Marina, the magic Alcudia and its eternal walls…. A place to get away from it all and escape to a desert cove.

Beach Costa de la Calma Majorca

On the other side of the island, on the norther coast, in the municipalities of Calvia and Andratx, concentrate large part of famous tourists. Most of them own a house in the surroundings, as it is the case of the model Claudia Schiffer, who owns a house in the area of Es Camp de Mar: one of those places where the Mediterranean offers a unique show of greens and blues which seems unreal. 

Close to the German model’s house we find other less well-known coastal areas but -maybe precisely because of that- as beautiful as the other: booking a hotel in Costa de la Calma is a good way of surprising your couple and live a romantic trip to the paradise. 

Hotel in Alcudia

Besides, the proximity to Palma de Majorca and to the exclusive areas of Port Adriano and Puerto Portals makes this northern area an authentic luxury tourist spot in the Mediterranean where all type of personalities gather, from the football player to the famous DJ David Guetta.

Holidays in September

To take holidays in September is an option more and more travellers are choosing every year: the price of the tickets and hotel accommodation are more affordable, beaches are less crowded and calmer and the weather is mild throughout Spain and large part of the Mediterranean.

Hotel in Sardinia

Book a hotel in Sardinia, a resort in Croatia or take the opportunity to discover Hungary resting in an idyllic hotel in Budapest. There are endless proposals for your September holidays and the options include even exotic destinations in Africa which during the peak European season are visited by hundreds of tourists.

You can get a room in a hotel in Morocco in September, in Agadir or Berkane, at an affordable price if you make the reservation in advance. Besides, exotic destinations like Buvda, Montengro or Cavtat, in Croatia, are a good option till the end of October or November.

Moroccan Desert

For those who do not want either to travel far away or leave Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands will never disappoint them. The hotel facilities are still open those dates, the cultural attractions multiply, as September is the favourite month for national tourists and tourists with a middle-high acquisition level from areas like France, Italy or Switzerland, to the detriment of the German and British tourists which travel during the summer months.

The best located hotels in Majorca for these months of the year are located in the northern area: Playa de Muro, Alcudia or unique hotels like the Iberostar Pinos Park, located in one of the most beautiful coves in the island, Sa Font de Sa Cala, a small beach oriented to the east and perfect to enjoy the last moments of the Majorcan summer.

Cadiz moving up in the holiday destinations ranking for 2013

The province of Cadiz, with its stunning beaches and traditional party atmosphere, has moved up in the ranking of holiday destinations for 2013. The current trend to book short breaks and shorter trips to European destinations has repositioned this area of Andalucia under the focus of Spaniards and foreigners in search of sun, beach and fun.

Carnival and Easter are the key dates for this destination in southern Spain, but also the early months of summer and fall are perfect times to enjoy all that Cadiz has to offer: Mediterranean and Atlantic, city and nature, relaxation and adventure. ..

Cadiz-beach-Barrosa

Whatever you are like, in Cadiz you can always find something that matches your tastes. But what will undoubtedly conquer you is its light, its people and its cuisine. There is no place like Cadiz to enjoy some good pescaito frito (fried fish) and a glass of white wine on a terrace by the sea.

The hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has two of the most valued hotels of the Cadiz coast. The Iberostar Andalucia Playa, a hotel on the beach of Barrosa with All Inclusive, perfect if you decide for the second option and travel with the family: the activities and entertainment of the resort are of high quality and has comprehensive facilities. The Iberostar Royal Andalus is ideal for sport and travelling with your partner.

In general, the apartments and hotels in Cadiz are usually inexpensive and with full service. You choose, looking for a relaxed getaway or a week of all inclusive holidays at the beach?

Access to playa de Barrosa in Cádiz