Find ultimate privacy in the VIP
Last year the NH Eurobuilding (Calle de Padre Damián, 23) an entire 64 bedroom VIP level, with an array of exclusive facilities for the business traveller. As well as its bespoke reception, late checkouts and priority booking for the hotel’s three Michelin-starred restaurant DiverXO, there’s also use of the VIP Lounge where you’ll revel in the optimal privacy, as well as great views of the city and a well-stocked bar.
Head to the rooftop
Madrid isn’t short on rooftop bars, but you’d be hard pushed to find a more elegant business setting than the Terraza del Urban. Perched atop the Urban Hotel (Carrera de S. Jerónimo, 34), its bang central location affords it the best views in town, while its menu offers a range of tapas like mini hamburgesa and a hardcore tuna sashimi. If your meeting gradually turns into post-meeting drinks, the bar is open until 3am.
Embrace a little luxury
Housed in the 19th Century dwelling of the Duke of Santo Mauro, the AC Santo Mauro (Calle de Zurbano, 36) one of the capital’s most elegantly designed hotels. It has an array of lounges, from the regal creams and carmine red of the Red Lounge, to the pastel-laden formality of the Chinese Lounge. Best of all, though, is the Chivas Lounge with its art deco design, wall mounted leather sofas and rows of tiny tables perfect for diaries, laptops and frosty glasses.
Meet at the newest place in town
El Pelicano is one of the newest bars and restaurants in town, and designed with the business-savvy clientele of the Meliá Castilla (Calle del Capitán Haya, 43) in mind. It’s divided into two parts by a large bar, with one side more suited to formal eating and another for more casual, so whatever type of client you’re meeting you will find the right spot. Food ticks the boxes too, from sourdough pizzas to sea bass ceviche or T-bone steak.
With its velvet banquettes and tasteful design, the interior of Magnum Bar at Hotel Villa Magna (Paseo de la Castellana, 22) is just fine for most meetings. However, its secret weapon is the patio. If you want to sit outside but can’t stand the sun’s glare this is the ideal, airy, environment.
For the Martini heads
The newly opened DRY Martini bar at the Gran Melia Fenix (Calle de Hermosilla, 2) offers the best of both worlds; either a comfortable, cozy interior bar with plenty of tables, well-padded sating and banquettes, or a smart outdoor terrace with modern stools, tables and deep luxurious couches. Befitting its name, the bar is also famed for its classic martini options keeping clients and colleagues entertained long after the laptops and briefcases have been tucked under the table.