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The best room in … Santo Mauro, Madrid

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A few months ago, Madrid, the sparkling capital of Spain, was even busier than usual. President Biden was in town for an official state visit during which he met with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and local royals King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. Elsewhere, actor Diego Luna was performing in a one man show entitled “Every Time We Say Goodbye Better” which recalled the early work of his Y Tu Mama Tambien director Alfonso Cuarón and artists Tom Jones and Wilco performed at the annual public performances of the Real Jardin Botanico. At the Prado, a major exhibition on the little-known contemporary Paret of Goya had been opened and a career retrospective of the work of the American Alex Katz was presented at the Thyssen Museum (until September; Paret closes on August 12). In the midst of all this hubbub, a new hotel of royal provenance took to the sea in the chic district of Chamberí, not far from the American embassy once run by James Costos (husband of interior designer Michael Smith) and now in the hands of Julissa Reynoso. Here, Philipp Weghmann, vice president and global brand leader of Marriott’s The Luxury Collection, tells us about the the newest addition to the family.

Tell me about the signature suite at Santo Mauro. What makes it special?

Santo Mauro is housed in the former residence of the Duke of Santo Mauro. Located in the Main Palace, guests can check into the Duke’s Royal Suite, which once served as the original Duke’s bedroom. The walls are covered in a green velvet and the space features bold flowers as well as the original light fixtures, which hang from the high ceilings. Designed by Lorenzo Castillo, the suite features two king bedrooms, a separate living room and a marble bathroom. The bedroom also benefits from an incredible view of the garden overlooking the terrace below. Staying there feels like you’re tucked away in your own special corner in the heart of Madrid.

A suite at Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection hotel.

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What is the suite starting price and what kind of guest packages can you create based on that?

The starting price of the Duke’s Royal Suite is 4,500 euros excluding VAT. Guests can work closely with the concierge team to set up private experiences both onsite and at some of Madrid’s most famous cultural attractions. The hotel can even organize a private carving experience with Cinco Jotas to discover the gastronomic pleasure of the best Iberian ham in the world.

Although this suite is the best in the hotel, it is quite a small property with only 49 rooms. Tell me what distinguishes each of them.

One of the most unexpected parts of this hotel is that no two rooms are the same, from interior design to layout. Walking into a room you might find bold green patterned wall coverings and a matching headboard, while next door you might encounter a brush of blue with a dramatic four poster bed or a more subtle plaid with accents. velvet green curtains. Not only does this reinforce the feeling that you are a guest of the Duke’s household, but it allows for a sense of surprise and delight as you turn the key and unlock your stay.

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The interiors of Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection hotel.

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What feature of the hotel do you think new visitors will find surprising?

Castillo has ensured that this next chapter in the building’s journey honors its Spanish heritage with decor that reflects the hotel’s remarkable history and location in the heart of Madrid. I think guests will be struck by the opulent design details and the masterful layering of patterns and textures. The lobby has a dramatic staircase and I always find guests looking over the hallway balconies to the lower floors. Additionally, Santo Mauro is also the only hotel in Madrid to have a soundtrack composer. The property has worked with Lucas Vidal, winner of the Goya Prize [best-known for his collaboration with the Spanish auteur Isabel Coixet] as in-house musical director.

Are there any special experiences guests should ask her upon arrival?

The hotel’s Casilda cocktail is not to be missed! Served daily at the hotel’s Gresca Wine Bar, the cocktail is named after the Duchess of Santo Mauro and is made with vodka, Campari and a chestnut syrup made from the hotel’s century-old chestnut trees. which can still be found in the garden. They were a favorite of the Duchess and that’s how the inspiration for the cocktail came about.

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The garden terrace of Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection hotel.

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Santo Mauro is the former home of the Duke of Santo Mauro. Tell me a bit about the history of the property.

With its French-influenced design and architecture, the hotel is made up of three buildings set in Madrid’s most sophisticated private garden, with fountains and terraces shaded by age-old chestnut trees. Many public spaces pay homage to the building’s past. For example, the Red Room reflects pure French classicism. The main restaurant, housed in the Duke’s former library, features walls filled with books from his original collection. The building has had several lives, even serving briefly as the Canadian Embassy before finally being turned into a hotel.

What makes the nearby neighborhood so special?

The traditionally aristocratic neighborhood of Chamberí is tucked away from the busier parts of town while still being very central. The neighborhood’s more residential feel allows guests to feel like they’ve stepped out of their own palace as they wander the quiet nearby streets. Chamberí has ​​some of the most exceptional architecture in the city and is home to excellent tapas restaurants and small traditional shops where you can often find more locals than tourists.

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Another view of a suite at Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection hotel.

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What sights, shops and restaurants near Santo Mauro should visitors visit this year?

Be sure to visit the Sorolla Museum, catch a flamenco show at Teatros del Canal, and stop at Andén 0 Metro Station, an exhibition space in a restored metro station. A morning stroll through Parque de El Retiro is always a great way to start the day in Madrid.

Which is planned for 2022 and 2023. Heard a spa and gym is on the way.

The final phase of the hotel’s renovation will include additional bedrooms as well as a spa and gym on the lower level of the main palace. The hotel has also recently opened an outdoor terrace and garden for dining.