Arrival Experience: The historic façade of this building creates a fine welcome after stepping out of the nearby metro station just a block away. Sliding glass doors open to reveal a large NH statue and a small staircase rising to the marble-swathed reception area. Staffers speak English well. Beyond the reception desk, a small seating area is available with complimentary coffee served in the afternoon hours and free newspapers all day. A computer charges for Internet and printer access, but free wireless Internet is available throughout the building. This hotel creates a great first impression upon arrival.
Dining: In keeping with the NH brand of hearty, nutritious breakfasts, the spread here is impressive with more Spanish meats, cheeses, and pastries than one could possible eat in an entire morning. Traditional favorites like pan tostado with tomato and olive oil and churros are especially popular. Fresh juices and fruit are accompanied with a variety of yogurts with fruit and whole grain toppings. A gluten-free section is available, and guests can order hot items including eggs any way they like from a small menu at each table. A light snack menu is available all day including from a room service selection that operates at all hours.
Rooms: Modern and fresh, the full renovation here has created open spaces with wall-facing desks. Flat-screen cable TVs are mounted on the wall to save space, and minibars tucked into closets under the desk. Mirrored closets are full-length, and luggage benches are found in another corner. Firm mattresses with soft linens and blankets insure a sound slumber, but if not, the padded headboards and soft pillows prove fruitful. Stained glass windows showcase the building’s historic nature. Bathrooms have large showerheads, loads of towels, and scented toiletries. Rooms either face the active streetfront surrounding the hotel or the quieter interior courtyard. The only issue for some is that the sole elevator can be busy at times, but the spiral staircase and its stained glass windows provide entertainment for those wishing to climb them.
Amenities: Meeting space is available for small groups, which appreciate the free wireless Internet signal. Before the renovation, this hotel was known as the NH Embajada, but was renamed following its new debut. The hotel is within walking distance of Gran Via, Puerta del Sol, Chueca, and lively shopping along Fuencarral or Paseo de la Castellana. Facing the Plaza de Alonso Martinez, it is in an energetic neighborhood that is sure to please tourists and business guests alike.