Here is a place where the passions of Europe’s most passionate country are the fabric of daily life, a city with music in its soul and an unshakeable spring in its step. But Madrid is also one of the most open cities on earth and it doesn’t matter where you’re from for the oft-heard phrase to ring true: ‘If you’re in Madrid, you’re from Madrid’.

Although Madrid may not have monumental buildings such as the Eiffel Tower or our very own Big Ben, it’s most certainly not short of historical architectural magnificence. Right from medieval mansions and royal palaces to the unimagined angles of Spanish contemporary architecture. Madrid is surely one beautiful city and it’s no wonder it was the destination city for this year’s Bollywood Oscars.

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Marriot’s boutique hotel AC Santo Mauro

As with everything depending on what time of the year you go, there are many options for accommodation, that are fairly reasonable. But if you want to really live like a King and or Queen then Marriot’s boutique hotel AC Santo Mauro is a must stay.

As you enter the hotel, the stunning and decorative elements and art objects greet you. If like me you love architecture and décor, then the classical style of this preserved building will definitely be pleasing to the eye and the soul. Not only that, the hotel boasts of stars such as David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Julia Roberts and Madonna having stayed there.

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Museo del Prado will delight art lovers

Housed in the former residence of the Duke of Santo Mauro, an influential member of Madrid society at that time, the hotel consists of three buildings surrounded by a magnificent garden that makes it an oasis in the heart of Madrid.Located in the exclusive area of Chamberi, surrounded by palaces of time, the Hotel is located next to the main shopping area of the city, the financial area and major tourist attractions. It has been demanded as destination for business and leisure travelers for over 3 decades.The Santo Mauro hotel has 49 unique rooms, customized to the smallest detail that will make the experience of staying in a palace accompanied by a personalized service tailored to each client.The former ballrooms are now part of the lobby in which each room has its unique style as the Red Room Decorating Frenchified, the Chinese Room with a collection of oriental pieces and Chivas art deco bar to enjoy a variety of gin and tonics or cocktails.

The artistic and regal feel of the hotel keeps you in spirit with the rest of your tour within Madrid. Few cities boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s. For centuries, Spanish royals showered praise and riches upon the finest artists of the day, from home-grown talents such as Goya and Velázquez to Flemish and Italian greats. Masterpieces by these and other Spanish painters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró now adorn the walls of the city’s world-class galleries. For you art lovers out the there are many great galleries to visit, our top three must visit places though are the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

As well as art Madrid also delivers for the palette too. Madrid surely has evolved into one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe. The city has wholeheartedly embraced all the creativity and innovation

This year’s Bollywood Oscars (IIFA) dances it’s way to Madrid
This year’s Bollywood Oscars (IIFA) dances it’s way to Madrid

of Spain’s gastronomic revolution. Whilst new dishes and new eateries have adopted contemporary styles of serving some of the most delicious meals I have had, Madrid hasn’t lost it’s traditional Spanish cuisine either. As well as the traditional tapas Madrid boasts of an infinite and well showcased eating experience of a variety of food from every Spanish region. Eating in Madrid is a genuine pleasure.

Bollywood stars will no doubt have bundles of fun during their IIFA tour, as the city locals are a jolly bunch and night life is most certainly alive. If you’re a night owl you will love stepping out at night as the locals sure are a happy crowd who will keep you up dancing the night away.