The Madrid cultural offering continues to be world-class and now includes even more new restaurants, hotels, and iconic places to visit. This year was definitely one to remember!
Here we left you some of the best inaugurations during this 2018:
NH Collection Gran Vía
Sol / Gran Vía
The NH hotel chain has opened a new hotel on Gran Vía avenue in downtown Madrid, a great location for visiting the city’s main tourist attractions. It boasts 94 modern rooms with all the amenities and fantastic views.
On the eighth floor, the restaurant offers a menu of fusion cuisine designed by chef Javier Muñoz-Calero and prepared with local ingredients. The Picalagartos Sky Bar and its 360º views await on the ninth floor.
Barrio de Salamanca
Following a thorough renovation, the Meliá Serrano Hotel is reopening its doors. Formerly called the Madrid Meliá Galgos, the hotel has modernized its facilities and services, adding seven meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 300 people and focusing its attention on the MICE industry.
Another addition is The Level, a 5-star hotel within the hotel itself, offering special services and attention. Its Arado Grocery & Restaurant offers traditional haute cuisine menus with a modern twist incorporating elements of “retro-cuisine”.
VP Plaza de España Design
The VP Plaza de España Design is a 5-star hotel with a unique décor that features contemporary works of art in every nook and cranny. It offers 214 rooms, private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, several restaurants, and meeting rooms.
The hotel’s 12th-floor Sky Bar provides clients with fantastic views of the Royal Palace, Plaza de España and the Temple of Debod. The bar’s modern ambiance has been created by top contemporary designers and they play just the right music for each moment of the day.
El Invernadero (Rodrigo de la Calle)
Michelin-star restaurant Invernadero, helmed by chef Rodrigo de la Calle, has left the mountains of the Sierra de Madrid to take up residence in the city centre, where it continues to offer “Gastro-botany”, i.e. green haute cuisine.
Recovering plant species, respecting the environment, adopting integrated farming, being committed to the diversity of species, and placing value on the plant world is part and parcel of the philosophy of Rodrigo de la Calle, who for years has been shaking up the cuisine scene with his way of conceptualizing, cooking and conceiving his menus based exclusively on green produce. Located at Calle Ponzano 85, the new El Invernadero has two different bars and a seating area.
In the former location of Dray Martina, the Larrumba group has opened Kamikaze, an Asian eatery with a rebellious touch.
The restaurant is divided into two parts, each with its own design: one of them, dominated by a cherry tree, is rather more traditional; the other has a more ground-breaking decor, with walls lined with manga drawings and coloured neon lights. The menu offers a variety of dishes from traditional Asian recipes to more elaborate and original creations.
Soma de Arrando
Luke Jang, an apprentice to renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adriá, has opened a small restaurant in the Chamberí neighbourhood. It blends together Korean flavours with cooking techniques used in contemporary Spanish gastronomy. Comprising just one long table that can seat up to twenty diners, the restaurant offers a single eleven-step menu that includes two desserts.