The staff at this hotel were friendly and helpful, and gave me an extensive guided tour round the hotel facilities. It's an ornate building, and the hotel has its own café / restaurant that is also open to the public, called the San Luis. Should you find yourself wandering around the outside looking for the way in, look for the arrows on the windows that point to the main entrance.
The reception isn't the most glamorous I have ever seen, but it more than compensates with the vast amount of information available about things to do in the area, and the excellent customer service. As soon as you enter you'll be soothed by the sound of running water from the waterfall that trickles alongside a sweeping staircase that leads down to the main restaurant.
The café / restaurant San Luis is decorated in the style of the 1900s and has a lot of character. You can book the restaurant in advance for private parties, as it holds up to about 50 people. From the bar there's an excellent selection of drinks, tapas and a variety of other dishes are available. There's a second, more official restaurant downstairs too.
One feature is the ice-making machines in the corridors.
Within a few metres of the hotel there's public parking.
The Senator Hotel Madrid has a meeting room with the latest in high-tech equipment and an imperial table that will seat 8 to 10 people. Also available are business menus or a choice of appetizers and coffee.
There are 136 rooms in total and there are 2 floors that are for smokers, and other options include superior rooms with a terrace and views over the bustling Gran Via. There are also family rooms and Junior Suite rooms that have a small sitting area with sofas.
You can even choose what kind of pillow you want, from their 'pillow menu'. Latex, firm and high, quallofil, comfort or cervical. Each room has a mini hifi, and an internet connection where you can plug in your laptop. A mini bar, 30 channel satellite TV (including BBC and CNN), hairdyer, coffee making facilities, safe and ironing board also come as standard. And, the beds recline.
All rooms are sound-proofed and peaceful. They either have a view over Gran Via or the street that comes off Gran Via.
The Senator Hotel Madrid is in a fantastic central area. Within 1 minutes walk you'll find banks, shops, bars and restaurants. The metro is literally 2 metres from the hotel, and there's newsstand right outside too. The Gran Via road is full of theatres, and the biggest musicals play there. You can walk to the official centre of Madrid (Puerta del Sol) in less than 10 minutes, where you'll find the big department stores of FNAC and El Corte Ingles, where there's also a supermarket.
Booking your airport transport online in advance of your trip enables you to travel from Madrid-Barajas airport directly to the door of your hotel.
The online booked transfers listed below are not public transport operated services - which means they continue to run even if there is a public transport strike.
If you don't speak Spanish, and you are unfamiliar with Madrid, arranging your transport in advance will give you peace of mind and save you the trouble of working out the route yourself. You can either book a private transfer or a shared transfer.
Private transfer (online booking only)
A private transfer means that the vehicle that you have will be dedicated for you and your party only. The driver will be waiting for you at your arrivals gate with a sign with your name on it. Your driver will assist you with your luggage and take you to a private air conditioned vehicle to take you directly to your hotel. We have provided a booking link below.
Minibus transfer (online booking only)
A minibus option is cheaper than the private transfer and the vehicle is shared amongst other travellers. Unlike a private transfer the driver will not be waiting for you at the arrivals gate you would need to make your way to a meeting point.
Follow the link below to book either your private transfer or minibus transfer online.
Public transport options
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 30 minutes and cost €22.00 - €30.00 (including airport supplement), depending on much traffic there is, and assuming there is no excess baggage (that all baggage fits inside the boot and interior of the taxi).
Via Metro: You can take various metro routes directly from the airport to arrive at Gran Via metro near the Senator Hotel Madrid. Line number 8 leaves from inside the airport between terminals 1 and 2. I've given the quickest route below with the stations where you need to change listed:
Metro: Mar de Cristal (Pink Line, L8) Then change and head for Diego de Leon (Brown Line, L4) Then change and head for Gran Via (Green Line, L5).
Via Bus: You can take a red EMT public bus from the airport to Avenida America. The number bus that takes this route is the 115. From there it's quicker to change to the metro.
The Senator Hotel Madrid is a grand building with tasteful décor throughout. Its Café San Luis is particularly charming, and the staff are friendly and professional. It has adequate facilities for business people and is in an excellent location for tourists wanting to see the centre of Madrid.
Senator Gran Vía 70 Spa Hotel
Gran Vía, 70
28013 Madrid, España.
Metro: Gran Via (Green Line, L5) right next to the hotel.