by travel-expert José Berrocoso
Pestana Plaza Mayor has recently open doors in Madrid’s grand central square, a rare but expansive opening in the tightly packed streets of central Madrid, one of the prettiest open spaces in Spain, a winning combination of imposing architecture, picaresque historical tales and vibrant street life.
Whether you’re in Madrid for business or pleasure, you’ll find everything you need at Pestana Plaza Mayor. The property encompasses two historic buildings – the 17th century Casa de la Carnicería and an old fire station. This hotel is a true tribute to its original architecture, in which its solid walls, reveal the 400 years of history of the Plaza Mayor, one of the most emblematic of Europe, while its interiors pay homage to the work of the old craftsmen, weavers, carpenters, blacksmiths and potters.
Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid is the first hotel in the history of Plaza Mayor, offering 89 rooms and suites, of which almost half face the Plaza Mayor square, containing both elegant and contemporary design, with imperial decorative elements, combined with modern and colorful pieces inspired by various expressionist painters.
The Baroque style lighting, the legacy of Islamic art, the inspiration of the great artists like Goya and Velasquez and the staircases in the style of ‘herreriano’ (typical of Juan de Herrera) in which Casa de la Carnicería was built in, are just a few of the elements that give life to this unique hotel that is part of the Pestana Hotel Group’s Collection Brand: a selection of hotels, buildings and luxurious monuments in magnificent locations. Truly disclosed treasures that offer unique and enriching experiences in impressive historic properties.
The hotel’s restaurant offer includes the RIB | Casa de la Carnicería , specialized in meat, and the Cafeteria on the Plaza Mayor square, dedicated to tapas and snacks, as well as a cocktail bar, the Coqueteleria evocative of Madrid’s most bohemian years, for pre or post dinner cocktails and drinks.
-The hotel features an outdoor pool located at the top of the building, perfect for those Spanish summer days, with views over the historic rooftops and domes of Madrid.
-The Spa offers an immediate atmosphere of tranquility and total embodied relaxation, with its indoor pool and traditional vaulted brick ceilings, illuminated by a clear and tempering lighting.
-It is centrally located, just a short walk from other main attractions of the capital, such as the Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, Gran Vía and Castellana, with its grand museums (Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen).