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AC Santo Mauro, Madrid

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
36 Calle Zurbano
Spain 28010
Tel: 34 91 319 6900's insider take:

First appearances can be deceiving—51-room Santo Mauro is housed in a former Belle Époque palacete that suggests a conservative interior. But a renovation in 2000 introduced minimal furnishings; a color palette of black, white, and chocolate; and chill-out music in the common areas. Of special note are rooms 40, 41, and 42, which are situated on the ground floor and open onto a lush garden with full-grown palm trees and bubbling fountains. The garden serves as a bar by day, and at night in the summer months, guests can enjoy a candlelit dinner there. Meals are also served in the original library, which, fiber-optic chandeliers aside, retains much of its old-world charm. While the hotel is tucked away on a side street in Chamberi, one of the city's most elegant neighborhoods, it's within walking distance of Paseo de la Castellana and the Serrano shopping district.

Closed August.

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