Yaiza de la Campa. Journalist
Located in Madrid's literary quarter (Barrio de las Letras), today one of the capital's top commercial areas and home to leading writers in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Westin Palace Hotel has been a Madrid icon since the beginning of the 20th century.
Ferrés i Puig was the distinguished architect responsible for the construction of this modern building in 1912 at the former site of the palace of the Duke and Duchess of Medinaceli. The location is very strategic as the hotel is a stone's throw away from the Parliament building, the Prado Museum and Villahermosa Palace (Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum).
The elegant hotel was equipped with the most advanced technical innovations at the time, competing with the great Parisian buildings of the Belle Epoque. The construction time was also notable: in just 18 months, the Westin Palace Hotel—the largest in Europe—was completed. It was inaugurated by their Royal Highnesses the King and Queen of Spain, Alfonso XII and Victoria Eugenia.
More than a hotel
In addition to its international reknown, its top-flight clientèle and its more than 467 rooms and 50 suites, the hotel is known for its select restaurants. The Westin Palace (as it is known since 2000) has the La Rotonda and Asia Gallery restaurants, the Palace Bar, and 18 banquet and meeting rooms.
La Rotunda serves Spanish and international cuisine and offers a breakfast and lunch buffet as well as a la carte options. On Sundays it has a unique Opera & Brunch offer which consists of more than 120 dishes to choose from and a live opera performance.
Asia Gallery, located under the spectacular dome, is the Westin Palace's flagship restaurant. A popular spot among politicians, actors and other celebrities, it opened its doors seven years ago; since that time it has come to be known as one of the city's best Chinese restaurants. The decoration adds considerable value: the space, which was decorated by acclaimed interior designer Ignacio García de Vinuesa, includes a display of wonderful antiques as well as silks from China. As for the cuisine, the Peking Duck is an absolute must, and should be savored alongside one of the wines in its extensive bodega.
The Westin Palace, a symbol of Christmas
For those seeking truly glamorous festivities, the hotel has planned a New Year's Eve party which is sure to delight even the most demanding sybarites. Five specific menus for the five key parties: a New Year's Eve dinner and a Christmas lunch at La Rotunda; a magnificent gala dinner for NYE under the glass dome, which includes a party at the Palace Bar, accommodation in a double room and a SuperFoods breakfast buffet; and New Year's and Three King's Day brunches, both at La Rotunda.
Who can resist one of the year's most important parties at a hotel frequented by the likes of Ava Gardner, María Félix, Orson Wells and Pablo Picasso?