In March 2013, Four Seasons made the announcement about its first hotel project in Spain, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting its debut since then. The latest news is that Four Seasons Hotel Madrid will officially open its doors later this year in sought-after real estate in a prime city district: A collection of seven heritage buildings comprising the Canalejas complex, adjacent to the Puerta del Sol and close to Madrid’s major landmarks like the Prado Museum. After a careful restoration, the historic buildings will house the hotel’s 200 guestrooms and 22 luxury private residences. (Tip: Some of the 39 suites will come with outdoor terraces.)
The highly anticipated Four Seasons Hotel Madrid is also promising luxe facilities that will lure fashionable Madrileños; think three restaurants and a bar, a top-of-the-line spa and a vast, 24-hour fitness facility with a swimming pool on the eighth floor. The hotel will be connected to Galería Canalejas, a luxury retail space comprising 160,000 square feet of shops and dining. There will also be plenty of function and event space. And, needless to say, the rooftop terrace will likely draw the local crowds.
In April, Christoph Schmidinger was appointed opening general manager. He has worked for the Four Seasons brand for more than 25 years, including managing the Four Seasons Hotel New York in Midtown Manhattan, while overseeing several other hotels as Regional Vice President. Most recently, he served as general manager and regional vice president at the Asian flagship, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.