This isn't a hotel I've stayed at since it was refurbished a couple of years back, so I was keen to see what it was like now. I arrived here recently from a day of meetings in the melting Lisbon heat, after a bumpy flight in one of those tiny aircrafts I thought had been relegated to operating island hops in the Carribean, so I was grateful for the express check-in: I was on my way to my room within minutes, taking in the beautiful common areas (the glass works in the staircase are incredible, not the kind you'd expect in a hotel at all!)
Then, on to my room... Although you could think the first thing I do is take a shower and unwind, you're wrong. I've learned that the first thing I have to do when I arrive is walk to the phone, and order room service: this way, I can unpack and deal with new emails whilst I wait for supper to arrive. It's much better than unwinding and ordering after a shower, as by the time the customary 20-30 minutes has lapsed, I'd much rather sleep... My salad arrived promptly, accompanied by a fresh mint tea prepared exactly as I asked, another plus!
On to the bathroom to get ready for tucking in, and I was delighted to see there were none of the self-branded junk toiletries here, but instead the cutest little bottles of Penhaligon's goodies, and a super well-stocked tray with cotton pads, the best mending kit I've ever been given complimentarily by a hotel, and a high powered (and not one you have to press your finger on to power!) blow-dryer... Lovely!
The room itself is super relaxing in hues of taupe and everything you need to wind down, from a reader's corner to a mirror TV... The turn-down service had already been done that evening, and frankly all I wanted to do was dive into that pile of super-soft pillows and just zzz...
Next morning, time for me to see if breakfast was up to scratch... And, whilst the dining room doesn't have the cozy city manor feel and the fabulous pastries of the Santo Mauro where I usually stay, the fresh fruit is truly amazing and the coffee is perfect!
I gazed longingly at the terrace where I'd have loved to stay and read my copy of the International Herald Tribune, but it was already time to walk up to my office to start the day. Maybe another time, no, surely another time, as I'll be back!
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Hotel Villa Magna
Paseo de la Castellana 22
+34 91 587 1234