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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

hotels

AC Santo Mauro

At the AC Santo Mauro, two palaces have been converted into a discreet luxury hotel with 51 suitably lavish rooms. Though it is favoured by royalty and the likes of Madonna and Bill Gates, its modesty will make everyone feel at home. Dining in the private garden tents by candlelight is a romantic affair. Its location in the quiet exclusive district of Chamberi provides a sanctuary of calm and its style, French grandeur with a splash of contemporary flair, is utterly enchanting.

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 View Map ... Zurbano 36, Madrid, Spain
Hesperia Madrid

The Hesperia Madrid quite definitely falls into the award-winning first class deluxe category. This unpretentious luxury hotel boasts stunning and spacious rooms with luxurious Bulgari toiletries and a pillow menu for the most discerning guests (delivered by your personal butler if you are lucky enough to have booked a suite). Tiny Japanese gardens and quirky designs fleck the building and the in-house restaurant, Santceloni, continues to impress.

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 View Map ... Paseo Castellana 57, Madrid, Spain
Hotel Adler

Hotel Adler is a luxury hotel located in the Salamanca district. Its majestic 19th century charm is palpable, and complimented by every possible modern amenity. Modest in size and luxuriously appointed, Adler is one of those unforgettable residences where you will fall in love with its grandeur, intimacy and neo-classical panache.

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 View Map ... Velazquez 33, Madrid, Spain
Hoteles Quo

Hotel Quo (Puerta del Sol) is a simple but slick hotel focussing on style and design with an informal vibe, located right in the heart of Madrid by the Puerta del Sol. With stylish rooms, oversized beds and pillow menus, this hotel is comfortably trendy without an over the top price tag.

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 View Map ... C/Sevilla 4, Madrid, Spain
ME Madrid Hotel

ME Madrid is a chic urban hotel located in the charming Plaza Santa Ana. Operated by Randy Gerber (husband of the beautiful Cindy Crawford), ME Madrid is achingly trendy and attracts patrons of a similar ilk who come enjoy a world of pure comfort in the stylish, luxurious rooms. Take advantage of the superb location and request a room with a view overlooking Plaza Santa Ana. The in-house restaurant, Midnight Rose and resident bar, The Penthouse, are conveniently located for hotel guests but are destinations in their own right and draw crowds from across Madrid.

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 View Map ... Plaza Santa Ana 14, Madrid, Spain
Urban Hotel

The Urban Hotel is a fashionable retreat designed with the urban jetsetter in mind. Located in the heart of Madrid’s cultural and commerce zones, it boasts stylish suites with an edgy, arty feel. Dine at the hotel’s award winning restaurant, The Europa Decó, and join the trendy things sipping cocktails at the hip Glass Bar. The hotel’s rooftop plunge pool is another shade of cool complimenting an open air lunar bar with cocktail tables perched at the building’s edge, six stories above the street.

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 View Map ... Carrera de San Jerónimo, 34 28014, Madrid, Spain

what we think

Madrid offers a vibrancy and energy of its own. It is Europe’s highest, greenest and sunniest capital with lush parks and world class museums. Sleep is enjoyed as a mid-afternoon siesta as at night time the city buzzes with overflowing tapas bars and plazas filled with live music. After the heat of the day, the dry warmth of the night makes an alfresco lifestyle essential. In addition to the famous sights, you will enjoy getting lost in one of Madrid’s many quirky local neighbourhoods where you’ll find anything from flamenco shows to graffiti-sprayed tapas bars – there’s always something to discover around the next corner.