Madrid and the Prado add up to a magical weekend

Be pampered at a glamorous hotel and dine out surrounded by fine art

Spending a night or two at the sophisticated Hotel Villa Magna (first picture) – ideally located in the centre of Madrid, near to great monuments, 18th- and 19th-century palaces, and fabulous museums, restaurants and boutiques – is surely a treat for anyone; but art lovers will be particularly keen to find a way of taking up the hotel’s offer of a new “Private Prado” package.

The very luckiest of guests (and those who have €22,000 to spend on a two-night trip for two) will, on arrival in Madrid, be chauffeured to the hotel. There they will toast their stay in the chic and unique top-floor Royal Suite (second picture), which has – along with all the expected comforts and conveniences – butler service, a large terrace and panoramic views of the city. The aesthetic experience continues in earnest with a privately guided tour of the Prado museum, where highlights might include masterpieces such as Velázquez’s Las Meninas, El Greco’s Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest and Fra Angelico’s Annunciation.

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So far so spoiling and exclusive, but the icing on the cake (or something far less prosaic than that) is not quite a Night at the Museum, but the private gourmet dinner for two that follows – in a room in the Prado itself, surrounded by wonderful art, music and flowers. It’s a sensory experience that no other hotel offers. After being driven back to the Villa Magna, guests will find yet more treats – cava and other Spanish delicacies – awaiting them in the Royal Suite.

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Beware: a sandwich in the gallery cafeteria may never feel quite as satisfying again.

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