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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Test Your Stamina in Madrid

Spain’s capital amps up after dark with dinner in a parking garage, midnight baths, and after-hours flamenco clubs.

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1. Where to Stay


The Gran Luxe junior suite at Hotel Abalu.  

Book one of sixteen rooms at the eclectic boutique hotel Abalu (from $280), located in the heart of Malasaña, Madrid’s most happening nightlife area. Get a Shiatsu massage and in-room chocolate fondue with a package deal, or use the Mac Mini in your Gran Luxe suite to select a movie from the hotel’s DVD library.

Gaze at the panoramic view of Europe’s highest capital from the ME Madrid’s 360-degree rooftop terrace (from $197). The Tower Suite has a private outdoor whirlpool.

Sleep among great works of literature at the Hotel de Las Letras (from $139), where lines from renowned poets and authors like Catalan favorite Joan Maragall are stenciled on the walls of this Belle Époque building. Modern amenities like free spa services and a pillow menu contrast with the coffered ceilings and hand-carved woodwork.


Published on Jun 11, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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