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Selenza Hotel, Madrid 

67 Claudio Coello
Spain 28001
Tel: 34 91 781 01 73
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Located on the toniest street (Claudio Coello) in Madrid's toniest neighborhood (Salamanca), the Selenza is easy to miss from the outside, its graceful yet sober nineteenth-century facade eschewing any special attention. But inside, it's a frenzy of postmodern rococo style—all textured walls and look-at-me oversized chandeliers and lime-green settees popping out from a high-contrast white, black, and silver color scheme. Even meals are bountifully over-the-top: At chef Ramon Freixa's eponymous restaurant (which received a Michelin star), the amuse-bouche is actually ten different small bites, and breakfast consists of five different pastries, two different juices, two hot drinks, and an array of sliced meats set before you on a massive tray. The service isn't quite as polished as it should be, and not all of the design touches are felicitous (witness the fake marble in the bathrooms), but rooms are generously sized by Madrid standards, and the mosaic-tiled floors, full-size mirror that resembles an ice sculpture, and playfully upholstered furnishings certainly give guests a lot to look at. Large, well-lit closets, plus thoughtful touches like a jogging map for the nearby Retiro park, help make the Selenza the hotel of choice for visiting style mavens. —2010 Hot List

Which room to book: Any that face the chic Claudio Coello street.

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