During the run up to Christmas my friend & colleague in crime Amelia and I were utterly fed up! The December hype was getting to us and the pre-Christmas work load piling up so we decided it was high time we booked that long weekend away we’d been mulling over for the past year! Luckily with a little help from some of our lovely pr friends at Luchford APM, we jetted off to Madrid during the week after Christmas, a time when usually we tend to still be gauging on Christmas day left overs while awaiting the highly anticipated New Years Eve which, inevitably tends to be full of disappointment and ultimately a massive anti-climax.
On our late morning arrival, after successfully navigating the ‘subway’ we were meeted and greeted and checked into our beautiful hotel suite at the ME by Melia Reina Victoria Hotel – one of Madrid’s prestigious five star jobbies. Everything was incredible, the spectacular views of the Spanish skyline from our terrace (complete with hot tub) were mesmerising and the amazingly luxurious bathroom, which, naturally was the room we spent most of our time in preparation for painting the city red – and of course indulging in a spot of culture and sight seeing, was stunning. Much to our surprise there was even a chocolate fondu platter eagerly awaiting our presence!
We started the day with a delicious lunch at a restaurant located in the inviting hustle and bustle of the square outside the hotel, the warm sun was beaming down on us and that’s where we plotted our next 72 hours and the exciting things we were going to do.
A late lunch meant there was no need for a big dinner so after paying a visit to the hotels plush rooftop terrace bar for a cheeky espresso martini, we found a quaint little restaurant and popped in much later for a snack – then we danced the night away, quite literally until the sun came up, at Gabana 1800, an opulent nightclub in the heart of the Salamanca district of Madrid.
Suffice to say day one of our mini adventure was bounds of fun! More to come in part two…