Tucked into to a quaint stretch of brick-laden street in the midst of Madrid’s historic literary district, Las Letras, the new and overtly sexy 85-room NH Palacia de Tepa debuted last October.
The property began life as a small castle back in the 1600s before being converted into a palace in the 1800s. Guests can even take a glimpse of the castle below the lobby. Step a few feet behind the reception desk to see a glass-floored area showcasing ancient castle ruins.
After pushing open two oversized wooden doors and walking through glass automatic doors, you’re immediately enveloped in soothing, stylish luxury. White and gray plaster walls with graceful archways encase modern, neutral-toned furniture, spotless marble floors and chandeliers constructed from chain mail. Fresh flowers in sparkling clear vases pepper the lobby while perfectly groomed staff members purposefully greet visitors with cordial smiles and handshakes.
The designer lifestyle vibe isn’t typically what you expect from NH Hotels.
“Most of our hotels are very convention focused; they are business hotels,” says Javier Garcia, manager of guest relations. “This one is a bit different—it is a luxury property that caters to business guests as well as leisure guests.”
According to Garcia, NH Hotels is making a push to open similar-styled properties focusing on historical sites.
“Our guests love experiencing the history of this hotel,” he says. “Anyone is welcome back here to see the ruins; it is a really nice feature that surprises a lot of people.”
The property offers two onsite eateries: the fine-dining Restaurant Palacia de Tepa, and the newly opened tapas bar, Estado Puro. I am lucky enough to experience the former and enjoy its sparse design and glazed wood tables—while munching on delectable cod croquettes.
Guestrooms complement the lobby vibe—highly modern with every possible business amenity, and double doors that open to mini balconies overlooking the nearby plaza.
The hotel houses three meeting rooms that can accommodate 55 to 75 people each, all with white and tan marble floors, original contemporary art and gorgeous city views. Looks like we’ll be writing about NH Hotels a lot more in the future.