Hotel Review: InterContinental Madrid
For a meeting in Madrid, I decided to stay at the InterContinental Madrid. The hotel is one of the more historic hotels in the city. Learn more about the property in our extensive hotel review.
The InterContinetnal in Madrid is located a couple of kilometers away from the city center in one of the best parts of the city. Upon entering InterContinental Madrid, you are welcomed by classic charm.
Talking of being welcome, the receptionists weren’t exactly great. Neither was the welcome warm nor was the check- in efficient. At least, we were invited to have a coffee before our room was ready.
Premium Suite at InterContinental Madrid
As an IHG Ambassador, I had booked an Executive Room, the category right below the suite level. As it seemed to be a good day in that regard, I was upgraded not one, but two levels and got a so-called Premium Suite.
Those are facing the boring (horrible) backyard of the hotel, but at least offer a nice balcony and are very quiet.
Upon entering the Premium Suite, you’ll find yourself in the living room, which has a couch set-up arranged around a coffee table, facing a flat-screen television.
There’s also a dresser, which has a kettle with coffee and tea on it. The working desk, which is also located in the living room of the Premium Suite is quite nice, but just comes with a basic chair.
Personally, I’d prefer a proper office chair. The bedroom is connected to the living room either via the balcony or by a door. While on the small side, I found the bedroom to be perfectly comfortable.
There’s a very comfy King Bed alongside two bedside tables, facing another flat-screen television and an armchair. While the design at the InterContinental Madrid is relatively classic, the suite didn’t feel worn out.
Bathroom of the Premium Suite
With the rooms being on the old side, I didn’t expect of the bathroom of the Premium Suite at InterContinental Madrid. However, the marble bathroom was a positive surprise.
You can find a double sink, a bathtub as well as a large shower. The toilet is seperated in another small room, which is only accessible from the bathroom. Everything was spotlessly clean and there were great L’Occitane products.
Usually, for example at the InterContinental Berlin, toiletries are provied by Agraria.
Executive Lounge at InterContinental Madrid
As I had booked an Executive Room, I enjoyed access to the Executive Lounge of the InterContinental Madrid. The lounge has a rather classic design, but is spacious and feels very cozy.
There are several set-ups with chairs arranged around different tables for dining, relaxing, etc. In addition, you can find a small business center and a conference room, which you can use free of charge for two hours each day.
The food offerings at the Club InterContinetal were quite good as well. Especially the fact that there are extensive fresh snack offers during the day is worth noting.
I’ve seen nothing like that at other properties like the InterContinental Warsaw.
To my surprise, the evening selection was pretty much the same though (the only addition were two small hot options).
While not bad, I would have expected a little more in that regard. It’s worth noting that the drinks including the coffee were top-notch.
Breakfast at InterContinental Madrid
If you book an Executive Room at InterContinental Madrid, you are entitled to breakfast in the Club InterContinental or the hotel’s restaurant.
I’ve checked out both options and actually preferred the Club breakfast. While the spread is more extensive in the restaurant including everything from fresh fruits, pastries, yoghurts, breads, preserves and hot options, I didn’t find the seating to be very comfortable.
At the same time, the breakfast in the Club InterContinental was surprisingly extensive for a Club Lounge. There are all sorts of breads, rolls, pastries, cold cuts, cheese, veggies, fruits, yoghurts, mueslis and much more.
In addition, you may order any hot option of your liking or even special options from the restaurant (we had some churros for example).
I’d even say that the InterContinental Madrid offers the best Club breakfast in Europe!
Gym at InterContinental Madrid
The InterConinental Madrid doesn’t have a pool or Spa. Yet, there’s at least a well equipped gym. This must have been recently refurbished as everything from the equipment to the floor looked brand new.
The several cardio and strenght machines as well as the free weights make up for a great gym. The only downside is the lack of natural night.
Overall impressions of InterContinental Madrid
While I’m not really a fan of historic hotels, I actually enjoyed my stay at the InterContinental Madrid quite a lot. The suite was comfortable and cozy and offered a very nice bathroom. While a refurbishment is needed in the long run, the condition is good enough.
The gym is top-notch and the Club InterContinental is one of the club lounges I’ve experienced in Europe so far. Only the staff at reception needs to step up their game. All in all, I’d definitely recommend staying at InterContinental Madrid!
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