This Spanish hotel chain has its origins in Mallorca when, in 1956 at the age of 21, Don Gabriel Escarrer Juliá took a lease on the Hotel Altair in the island’s capital city of Palma. Escarrer seized the opportunity presented by the island’s popularity as a package holiday destination and his portfolio of hotels soon grew. Escarrer didn’t limit himself to Mallorca, and by the early 1980s the name soon became familiar across the Canary Islands and mainland Spain.
Escarrer’s company was originally called Hoteles Mallorquines, but in 1984 was renamed Hoteles Sol. A few years later, a merger with the Melía group changed the name again, this time to Sol Melía. Other acquisitions have taken place since then and in 2011 the company became Melía Hotels International. Melía Hotels International is now the leading hotel group in Spain, but it has also spread its wings to encompass 35 countries across four continents with 350 hotels. In 1996, the company was publicly traded and Escarrer Sr. stepped down. His two sons, Gabriel Jr. and Sebastian, are still active in the company and the Escarrer family still have the majority control of the group.
This 5-star hotel in Madrid is one of the Leading Hotels of the World and it has played host to prestigious guests such as David Beckham, Cary Grant, The Beatles, and Bill Clinton. The “Red Level” Floor Club is where the famous names head for and they can enjoy the most palatial of suites with panoramic views of the city and exclusive services. For mere mortals, there are plenty of other rooms and facilities to choose from. Guests can choose different rooms ranging from the 25m² deluxe suite up to the 200m² presidential penthouse suite. Families are catered for with family suites sleeping up to four people and enough room for a cot.
The location of the the Hotel Gran Meliá Fénix in Madrid is magnificent, surrounded as it is by the streets of Goya, Velásquez, Serrano, and Paseo de Castellana in the very heart of the exclusive Salamanca district. The Gran Via and the main museums of the Thyssen, Gran Prado, and the Reina Sofia are all only ten minutes away from this luxurious Madrid hotel right on Plaza de Colón in the center of the city.
Whichever guest room you choose at this Madrid boutique hotel, you will find they are all beautifully decorated in classic style, while at the same time being elegant and equipped with the latest technology. Plasma TVs with international channels, free WiFi, iPod docks, Clarins luxury toiletries, and a pillow menu all come standard. Other facilities in the hotel include a fully-equipped business center, car parking, babysitting, a personal shopper, body treatments, massages, and a hairdresser. Some of these facilities may incur extra charges and are available on request.
A good breakfast is essential before setting off on a day’s sightseeing in this beautiful city, and the international buffet at the hotel is open from 07.30 -10-30 am. All of the traditional breakfast dishes are available, as well as healthy options and gluten-free items.
For dining in the evening, the Epoque Restaurant offers international as well as Mediterranean cuisine, and Chef Miguel Martin prepares the freshest of seasonal produce with an innovative touch. The restaurant has a cozy and intimate environment and is a wonderful place for romantic meetings, family gatherings, or business meetings. The wine list is excellent, valet parking is available, and special diets can be catered for.
An wonderful way to start or finish an evening in Madrid is to spend some time in the DRY Cosmopolitan Bar at the Hotel Gran Meliá Fénix. The recently opened bar created by the world famous mixologist Javier de las Muelas is already making a name for itself as one of the most sophisticated bars in the city. The range of inventive and surprising cocktails brings together emotions, flavors, and aromas in a single drink, many of them based on DRY Martini.