Following a comprehensive refurbishment and redesign Rosewood Villa Magna has opened its next chapter. Located on Madrid’s most coveted boulevard, Paseo de la Castellana, amidst the city’s finest shopping, dining and cultural attractions, the historic property has been a beloved local landmark since it originally opened in 1972, evoking a convivial spirit and charm that captivated visitors from both near and far. Newly infused with a dynamic design scheme that honors the original hotel and the vibrant city in which it sits while simultaneously incorporating contemporary style and comforts, as well as elevated amenities, world-class gastronomic experiences and an unmatched standard of service, the revived Rosewood Villa Magna has been carefully conceived to usher in a new phase of ultra-luxury hospitality to the city of Madrid and Spain at large.
“At long last, we are thrilled to formally introduce Rosewood Villa Magna as Madrid’s most extraordinary place to stay, gather, dine and delight,” said Charles Morris, managing director of Rosewood Villa Magna. “Working together with our brilliant partners, we were careful to preserve the historical nature of the property, while at the same time adding a modern and residential design ethos and intuitive service style that is synonymous with the overarching Rosewood brand. It is a joy to be able to welcome visiting guests and the local community alike to join us as we celebrate this new beginning and the bright future ahead!”
Situated on the Paseo de la Castellana, Villa Magna has always been differentiated from the city’s other hospitality offerings through its unmatched central location in the Salamanca district. The glamorous neighborhood is home to many of Madrid’s most elevated fine-dining restaurants and designer boutiques, in addition to palatial private homes that showcase traditional Spanish styles. Further offering easy access to key cultural and historical destinations such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado and Reina Sofia Museums and the “Landscape of Light,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel provides the perfect place from which to embark on an immersive journey through Madrid and central Spain.
A team of talented designers completely refurbished Rosewood Villa Magna, showcasing a clear commitment to contemporary design, architecture, landscaping and art, while subsequently channeling the original spirit of the Anglada Palace, the 19th-century building which was the first to occupy the hotel’s site, as well as the original Villa Magna hotel. Renowned Spanish architect Ramón de Arana led the remodel of the building’s striking façade and entryway into the hotel, adding a sense of grandeur to the arrival experience via a striking staircase and a pair of reflecting pools that draw attention to the centuries-old, 30-meter-high cedar and carob trees adorning the property. The property’s iconic gardens have been transformed by prolific landscape designer Gregorio Marañón to underscore and maximize the privileged green spaces that the hotel enjoys in the heart of the city. A significant number of trees, bushes and plants, including species original to the old Anglada Palace, have been planted to create distinctive outdoor areas across the expansive grounds, many adorned with pergolas, sculptures, fountains and other furnishings to facilitate myriad settings in which to gather in groups or relax on one’s own. The robust assortment of leafy species further allows for the property to continuously evolve over time, as they adopt different chromatic tones in the different seasons of the year.
Revived interiors have been brought to life by Australian firm BAR Studio. The refreshed accommodations and public spaces pay homage to the original palace and hotel. Subtle references to traditional Spanish architecture, art, design and culture can be discovered through the patterns, fabrics, materials and color palettes that comprise the hotel. The interior design is complemented by the hotel’s extensive art collection that has been selected and commissioned by the English firm ArtLink. Many of the pieces serve to tell the stories of the personalities who walked the corridors of the original Anglada Palace, while others are reminiscent of Madrid’s overarching aesthetic and Spain’s signature fashions, including a standout, specially commissioned work by Jacky Puzey in the lobby.
The 154 accommodations, consisting of 101 guestrooms, 49 suites and four signature suites, have been built to balance the ambiance of a contemporary Spanish villa with the signature aesthetic of the original Villa Magna hotel. Inside, a chromatic color palette provides a muted background to give preference to the room’s large windows overlooking the Paseo de la Castellana, allowing the striking views to take center stage. The clean, simplistic style is blended with modern luxuries, including bath amenities by Maison Caulieres and linens by Rivolta Carmignani.
The hotel’s four distinct dining outlets come together to create the city’s newest and most discerning destination for inspired culinary experiences. From authentic Spanish tapas on the terraces and in the gardens, to casual business lunches and post-work cocktails, to formal events and celebratory evenings out, there are countless opportunities for guests to enjoy exceptional food and beverage with friends and family.
Headlining the hotel’s food and beverage program as its signature restaurant, Amós is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Jesús Sánchez and is poised to establish itself as a highlight of Madrid’s culinary landscape. The thoughtful interior design concept and accompanying terrace, brought to life by Spanish architect Alejandra Pombo, creates a space that is both stunningly special and supremely comfortable in which to enjoy an inspired menu that brings together the unique offerings of Northern Spain’s Navarre community and Cantabrian Sea. Revolving around an eye-catching open kitchen, Las Brasas de Castellana is the hotel’s all-day dining destination, serving everything from classic tapas and small plates to more elaborate meals highlighting the quality of Madrid’s meats, fish and vegetables. The dedicated bar and lounge concept, Tarde.O was meticulously designed to reflect the warmth and spirit of an English club through an elevated atmosphere that is equal parts cultivated, casual and cool. Here, guests are invited to indulge in a wide variety of carefully selected national and international premium spirits, including an extensive collection of gins and traditional Spanish vermouths. The space extends outside onto a year-round, open-air terrace, Courtyard, that serves the same delectable libations in a verdant garden setting. For those looking for a quick bite or refreshment, the hotel’s picturesque patisserie Flor y Nata serves coffee, pastries, traditional afternoon tea and light lunch and dinner, to be enjoyed in the cozy space or on the go.
For more information or to make a reservation, head over to Rosewood Villa Magna’s official website.