Silken Puerta America
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... you line up small cups with beer in them. Bounce a ball on the table and get it in the cup. Turns out I was good at doing this. Every time I got the ball in the cup the opponent had to drink the cup of beer. By the end of the night I had only had 4 cups of beer. The other team were barely standing.
I did try and find a host on Couch surfing but nothing available. ...
... 7:00, we headed in the direction of Plaza del Sol. There is a huge metro stop there, and it's as close as you can get to Plaza Mayor using public transportation. We walked around Plaza Mayor for a few minutes (the restaurant doesn't open for dinner until 8:00), and then went to the restaurant.
The exterior of this place was very, very cool. It's obviously very old and very famous - there were ...
... was really fun to see the atmosphere - even in a bar people were cheering and yelling at the refs and talking smack. Thankfully, we weren't bothered too much for being there - some others from our program also went and they got into a bit of a fight but we came out without a scratch!
That night for dinner we found a thai place and I was able to get my chicken pad thai - I have been craving it since I got here. And ...
We managed to actually get up this time for the walking tour, and got there pretty much just on time when we found it. The guy that took it was an awesome guy; he was actually a Madrid local, and did a really good tour. The whole thing lasted about two and a half hours, and Madrid is an amazingly beautiful city with so much history. Once the tour was over, we went and got some cheap ...
... still in the cathedral below the picture.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Silken Puerta America Madrid
Éste es un hotel del que se alardea. Está situado un poco lejos del centro de la ciudad, pero hay una parada de metro justo a la salida. ¡El metro es tan fácil de utilizar! Estuvimos en la octava planta, que era la planta de Kathryn Findlay, una planta muy futurista, era como estar en una nave espacial. Eché un vistazo por las otras plantas, que eran todas muy diferentes, pero tú puedes decidir qué planta deseas antes de reservar en la página Web ya que muestran fotos de las habitaciones. Este no es un hotel tradicional, y si quieres hoteles históricos y antiguos no te molestes con éste, pero si estimas tus experiencias con hoteles, entonces decídete por éste. El desayuno fue fantástico, tiene un bar guay pero, sobre todo, tiene algo especial.
If you are into modern, contemporary design - you have to stay at Puerta America... not just once, but several times.
Each floor is COMPLETELY AND ABSOLUTELY different from the rest....
After a month living in a basic little apartment in Cadiz I figured I needed some Madrileno luxury before heading off to Bangkok. Modern design in Spain is sually a pleasure, so I booked into a deluxe room at the Hotel Silken Puerta America in Amadid, where every floor has been designed and decorated by a different Spanish designer. I thought the rate was a little high (USD$350 --- for another $100 I could have stayed at the Ritz), but what the heck. Well, it turns out the place is out in the suburbs, so once you're there, you're there; there's no wandering out the front door for tapas or coffee. And speaking of the front door, the first challenge on arrival was to FIND the hotel's front door, cleverly concealed in an opaque facade. A bell-girl finally rescued me, muttered the Spanish equivalent of "Open, Sesame!" and a little grey door slid open. No complaints about the check-in service: polite, efficient, a choice of room designs offered. But the room was a rabbit-hutch, tiny and narrow, a riot of colors, odd-shaped furniture all crammed into a tiny space, none too clean, and a high-tech console for controlling the climate, the lighting, the windows, the drapes, the awning. I'm no slouch when it comes to buttons, but in the end I had to call the concierge to get the room cool enough and the windows shielded enough so that I could undress. And then the much-vaunted broadband internet access didn't work. Fortunately, though the room was pokey, ugly, and grimy, my $350 did by good service and my issues with environment control and internet access were well-resolved, up to and including supply of a wifi antenna to plug into my laptop to boost the signal. The mini-bar was great, though expensive as mini-bars go, but the room-service food was tired and took forever. The Hotel Puerta America obviously doesn't have many women guests for there was no hair dryer in the bathroom, little hot water, lighting impossible for makeup, no iron, and only aftershave cologne. Overall, a waste of money.
Puerta America is an amazing project. Silken Hoteles has accomplished something huge. It is a true experience to stay in the hotel. I stayed on the fifth floor which is designed by two Spanish designers who now live in Italy. I first checked in on the 3rd floor but hated the room and had to change. The staff was used to people changing their minds and easily gave me a room I was happy with. I saw all floors (and rooms) except for the suites desgined by Jean Nouvel on the 12th floor. My favorite was actually the one I was in. It was cosy and colorful with a huge soaking tub that would easily fit two. It had carpeting, textile wallpaper and rich colors and materials. The restaurant on the main level is amazing. Go for the tasting menu and you will not be dissappointed. You can choose between 6 or 9 courses and the 6 course menue is about €60 per person which is very good value for money.
OK. This hotel is pretty amazing. It looks so impressive and the bars/pool/gym are mind blowingly cool.
This hotel is certainly different. When have you ever been given a choice is choosing your room? So many options, it was almost too hard to decide however decide we did and we were not disappointed. We stayed on the 5th floor, I wasnt brave enough for an all white padded cell on floor 2, or the blood red plastic on floor 7 - each to there own! Staff were lovely couldn't do enough to please. Location wasn't great, cab to old madrid was roughly 8euros so not bank breaking. Not much around the hotel either. I cant honestly say in my opinion, that this is a top class 5* hotel, however it was very nice. Small pool and spa area. Would I stay again, probably not but then I wasn't too keen on Madrid.
WOW was the first word that came to mind when i saw the pictures of this hotel, when i got there it definately didn't fail to impress me on looks.
This is a hotel that shows off. It's location is a bit out of town but there is a metro stop just outside. The Metro is so easy to use. We stayed on the eighth floor which was the kathryn findlay floor, very futurist like staying in a space ship. I had a look around the other floors which were all different but you can decide which floor before you book on the website as they show pictures of the rooms. This is not a traditional hotel and if you want historic old hotels then don't bother with this, but if you want to raide your experiences of hotels then go for it. Breakfast was great, has a cool bar but most of all it's got something special.
Completely mad, patronising and impractical.
It would be great to say that this concept was inspirational well executed and the way forward for future hotels.
The staff were excellent but already suffer the after effects of guests requiring multiple moves so they can find a room that is remotely practical.
Go and see it as it is unique. It is a monument to unfettered and self indulgent designers, revelling in their opportunity patronise their fellow human.