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Penélope Cruz and Family at the ME Madrid, Madrid, Spain
On location: Family vacations don't always mean bringing the kids. Spanish natives Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem book the ME Madrid Reina Victoria when breezing through Cruz's hometown with grown-up relatives like her brother Eduardo (a Spanish celeb in his own right) in tow. The rooms themselves are minimal, with hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and unexpectedly retro purple minibars, and the cool vibe throughout the hotel is catnip to celebs. The staff has also been known to go more than the extra mile for its VIPs. They've repainted rooms in two hours to suit celebrity tastes and turned the place into a fragrance-free zone for three days to accommodate one allergy-prone notable. So don't feel guilty asking for an extra pillow.
Star attraction: ME Madrid's The Penthouse is perfect for star-gazing (everyone from George Clooney to Katy Perry has been spotted at this rooftop bar). Penélope and Javier recently caught up with Eduardo and his girlfriend, Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives fame, for a double date, eating mini burgers and sipping mojitos into the wee hours.
ME Madrid Reina Victoria
14 Plaza de Santa Ana
Tel: 877 954 8363
Rooms from $320