URSO Hotel & Spa may look like Spain’s newest boutique property, but peel back the layers and you’re actually staying in former fascist party headquarters. Set in the chic Chueca neighborhood, URSO Hotel & Spa lures locals and in-the-know travelers alike with its fascinating history, charming décor, restaurant scene and ideal location. Today URSO is a symbol of how is triumphantly reinventing the remnants of a painful history, and represents their determination to make up for lost time during the Franco years.

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The elaborate sculptures above the entrance door and a lobby furnished with warm, artful lighting welcome guests, while a serene vertical garden offers a temporary oasis from the hustle and bustle of the international city. URSO’s overall design conveys a balance of austere Spanish classicism and modern elegance: all 78 rooms are dressed in earth tones with a vibrant yellow accents. Wooden shelving packed with collections of classic books add to the hotel’s ambience. Bringing the first branded luxury hotel spa to Madrid, URSO Hotel & Spa offers treatments using diamond dust and organic citric formulas rom the Spanish skincare specialist Natura Bissé. On the culinary front, URSO’s internationally-acclaimed restaurant The Table is making waves with its pop-up, inventive menu rooted in authentic Galician cuisine, but if you don’t have time for that, make sure that you get up early for homemade breakfast in the The Conservatory or grab a cocktail or two at URSO Bar—a local favorite.

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