The five-star Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Madrid is especially popular with celebrities who opt for discretion. The former palace complex of the Duke of Santo Mauro, an influential member of the Madrid elite at the turn of the century, the hotel is just outside the tourist area in Chamberí, where the leafy streets are lined with palatial residences and the neighbourhood is one of the best for tapas bars and restaurants. Comprising of three buildings, the main one is a neoclassical mansion that was built in 1894 featuring a marble staircase and elaborate cornices.

The 33 rooms and 16 suites are distributed between the palace, the former stables and an annexe building. Abstract art and wooden floors, spacious marble bathrooms with a generous supply of Natura Bissé products. With French-influenced design and architecture, the rooms are filled with toned down attention to detail and historical references. The renowned restaurant, La Biblioteca, occupies the elegant, oak-panelled library. The Gin Bar, in Art Decó style with a New York vibe, serves cocktails as well as a dangerous range of gins and other spirits. There is a gym, a sauna and a steam room. Massages and other treatments are available on request.

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