There were no fans fawning over L.A. Laker Pau Gasol in the lobby of the Hotel Villa Magna. When we checked in recently to Madrid’s five-star hideaway on Paseo de la Castellana, the NBA player was giving interviews in the sleek, art-filled lounge after helping his Spanish basketball team clinch the title in the European Championship. And Lenny Kravitz passed unnoticed through the marble lobby, headed to his top-floor suite. The Villa Magna has cemented its reputation as one of the top hotels in Spain precisely because of this discreet service. But it’s not just VIPs who are graciously attended to here.
Two years ago, a 50 million euro renovation saw the number of suites increase from 18 to 50, making the Villa Magna the hotel with the most suites in Spain.
We had a peek inside the two palatial suites on the top (ninth) floor, the Royal and Real Suites, where countless celebrities and presidents have spent the night. Like private penthouse apartments, the suites are designed with plush fabrics and one-of-a-kind objets d’art. The furniture channels a contemporary aesthetic; elegant without sacrificing comfort.
Both suites are equipped with walk-in closets and enormous outdoor terraces where events can be catered. The Royal Suite has a Japanese garden, and the Real Suite boasts a grand piano, a Turkish hammam and a private relaxation room where pilates and yoga classes can be arranged. Brad Pitt threw a birthday party in the Real Suite-- we can see why!
Perks to booking the Royal or Real Suites: Guests get butler service, complimentary roundtrip airport transfers in a chauffeured luxury car, and a slew of VIP welcome amenities (like fresh cut flowers).