Silken Puerta America
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Yay. Off to Madrid for my first 10k race in Spain. The fun thing about this race is that there are bands set up all along the course. Once we arrived we got settled at the hotel then went to pick up the race kits. The hotel is apartments and really nice and comfortable. The exposé was really big where we picked up the race kits. However, there was no underarmour. A bit disappointing but oh we'll. the tank tops we got are really nice too.
On Saturday we went to ...
... is one of two (that I know of) train stations in Madrid. The other is Atocha, which is right by the Reina Sofia. I think Atocha serves southbound trains (I'll take the train for Toledo from there tomorrow) while Chamartin serves Northbound trains (both Avila and Segovia leave from it). There are a number of metro lines that serve Chamartin, and they're all at different depths, but the whole station just looks brand new. I exited the Metro following ...
... to rent a decent road bike and get the lowdown on good rides out of town so he headed off early a few mornings and got some near normal riding in - leaving me to jog or walk around the Palace gardens - a lovely routine.
We embraced the hop on, hop off bus in Madrid and that gave us a good sense of the city, so we could set out on foot to visit stuff! Armed with the museum guide on the iPad we did the top 50 masters at ...
We planned the night very carefully, we played hide and seek with the kids until 11 and in the car home they were snoring...PERFECT!!
Today we went back to Pozuelo to spend the day again with the family. I met Pato's brother Pablo, his wife Pilar and their children Maria and Pablo who are wonderful. Again we chilled by the pool, ate amazing food and just generally relaxed...I'm getting far too used to this.
I'm loving my time ...
... another wonderful day; a second visit to the Dali exhibit and seeing more of the museum and enjoying the various markets. Tonight our hostel offered a 'flamenco' show - another fantastic and very Spanish evening. The dancing, rhythms, singing, and beautiful Spanish guitar playing!! What a fantastic way to spend the last night in town!! Our final day was spent organizing and packing. We enjoyed a movie in the theatre and said a sad goodbye to many new friends. What an amazing ...
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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.