Located close to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, the Prado, and the Plaza Mayor, ME Madrid has plenty of public space and that really is their raison d'être: Their lobby has lots of seating and feels like a cool friend’s living room with its sofas, chairs and candles all lit at night; there's the large Ana La Santa Restaurant and Bar found off of the lobby, with a combo of open areas and quiet nooks for cooing to your beloved; and then their impressive The Roof bar that fills the entire rooftop with its VIP cordoned-off seating and regular seating for the rest of us (with amazing views).
Most of the hotel's décor is stylish and modern in light woods and greys, with red acting as an accent, or dark woods with variants of white, and The Roof is slick with purple glass set against white stone floors and white marble tables.
This hotel is meant for socialising in a big, big way.
Compared to the large public areas our Energy Room felt pretty tiny. We had a great balcony in room 508 looking out over the Plaza de Santa Ana Square, but the room was only about 265 sq ft. It still had all of the necessary mod-cons – Nespresso machine, free WiFi, and iPod docks, a good shower, and an even better bed – but if you have more than one suitcase, you’ll be pressed for space. You may want to look at booking a Style Suite instead, at about 430 sq ft, so that you can spread out a bit, or try asking for their largest Energy Room, which is closer to 320 sq ft.
Other than the Ana La Santa Restaurant and Bar, serving tapas-style food - we had a a meal for two and a bottle of Cava for about $115 - and The Roof, the hotel also has a SkinC Supplement Bar off of the lobby, makers of customised facial serums, and a business center located on the lower floor. The convivial bar from the night before becomes a breakfast bar the morning after, and is quiet during the day if you’d like to read, sip on a coffee or glass of vino, or simply get some quality people-watching in.
In November, the rate for an Energy Room is $308 and for a Style Suite, $387.
[Photos: Janice Tober]
Disclosure: Janice stayed as a guest of the hotel.