Word of Mouth: Madrid

Don't skip the classics, but be sure to visit these lesser known bars, stores and restaurants

Tapas and flamenco dancing aside, Madrid is full of essential experiences for visitors—from tucked-away galleries to dimly lit cocktail bars, open rooftop venues, sprawling parks and minimal design stores. While taking in Spanish traditions is vital, this capital city is ever-evolving, full of energy and oozing with influences from all over the world; creating a delightful fusion of styles and tastes that will dazzle even …

Only YOU Atocha, Madrid

Retro meets industrial with contemporary styling in this hotel designed to entice locals as much as travelers

The idea of a themed hotel sounds twee in words, but if executed thoughtfully and with a playful approach, it can be decidedly successful—even sophisticated. The latter is certainly the case with the new Only YOU hotel in Madrid: Only YOU Atocha. From sport-themed artwork in every room, to a ping pong bat covered wall and the all-important retro-tinged gym, the entire hotel is subtly …

Word of Mouth: Madrid

From arabic corbels to a moorish hotel and delicious fusion eating, we stroll around the Spanish city

by Rima Suqi While the Barcelona-vs-Madrid rivalry is very real on the soccer field, when it comes to tourism, the two coexist on fairly even ground. Barcelona might have a sexier reputation, but over the years it also has experienced an explosion in tourism, and the crowds and other fallout (both positive and negative) that comes with that. Madrid, by comparison, is looking better and …