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.


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.


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

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