Housed in a 19th-century palace the Hotel Unico in Madrid is a grand old palace on the city’s exclusive Golden Mile. It is situated in the heart of the Salamanca quarter near the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums, as well as the grand and green Parque del Retiro. The hotel's elegant façade conceals a regal interior boasting marble mosaics, swirling red sculptures and elaborate chandeliers.
More like stepping into an aristocratic private residence than a hotel, rooms are sophisticated and comfortable decorated in warm and neutral colours with high ceilings and large windows. All come complete with soundproofing, state-of-the-art bathrooms with baths, subtle lighting and king sized beds as standard.
An exclusive spacious yet tranquil inner garden-courtyard, with an open-air lounge, gives access to the restaurant Ramón Freixa which has quickly become a must-visit location in the city having been awarded 2 Michelin stars. A uniquely luxurious gastro experience in the Spanish capital, expect crazy concoctions such as duck burger with green mustard ice-cream, idiazabal cheese and crunchy bread, rice with cuttle fish and blood sausage, and red mullets with peas, asparagus and caviar. The surroundings are just as stunning, with mirrored floors, patterned marble, hand-painted plates, bronze curtains and Moorish ironwork. Ramon Freixa also orchestrates Único's superb signature breakfasts.
The less formal Fora Garden Bar serves cocktails and tapas in summer, a live band is in residence on Thursdays. The garden itself is open year round, with bar service in warmer months.
The hotel also offers a modern fitness centre and the Wellness Suite urban spa where an extensive range of massages are on offer.