BEST HOTEL IN MADRID?
Mixing contemporary style, decor and a warm welcome, hotel urso and spa, on the edge of edgy Chueca district is considered by many to be the best hotel in Madrid. The reception, bar and lounge areas evoke memories of the Firmdale group in London, think Soho Hotel or Charlotte Street Hotel. Warm colours, book cases, yellows mixed with gentle patterns make this a great place to relax. The rooms are more neutral with modern greys mixed with semi industrial furniture pieces and comfy sofas (in the junior suites).
Subterranean but making use of filtered daylight from the pavement above, the spa is compact with just a few treatment rooms. Natura Bisse is the featured brand and all treatments and protocols are designed around the products and philosophy. The treatment rooms are small and functional. Throughout the spa there’s patterned wallpaper with orange print made from a textured seagrass matting making it very modern and chic.
The star of the show is the pool which at first glance looks like a billiard table. It’s not deep or long enough to do laps, but it’s the perfect place to float about (the ceiling is mirrored) making the most of the hydrotherapy jets. There’s a large steam room and just few relaxation loungers by the pool. The spa may be small but it was empty on the two visits. You may well have it to yourself.
Lomi juma – Combining shiatsu pressure point massage with a touch of traditional Lomi massage, it’s light, gentle and thoroughly relaxing. Mostly focussing on the back and legs, there was a little time in the 50 minute treatment for arms, chest and head and shoulder stretches. The treatment uses an oxygenating massage oil.
THE BEST BITS:
Floating In the subterranean pool
Taking tea in the hotel lounge
Riding the traditional cage lift (complete with seat)
The Lomi juma massage – it was perfect after a day sightseeing in Madrid
ROOM TO IMPROVE:
It’s too late but the steam room could have been spilt in two to add a sauna.
Changing rooms could have done with a little bench or seat
Double B&B, in URSO starts at 202.90 euros per night