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Hotel de Las Letras combines classical architecture with understated rooms. The grand proportions ensure big windows and high ceilings, while angled lamps and moulded sofas lend a modern edge. Each room has a literary quote on the wall (00 34 91 523 79 80; hoteldelasletras.com; Gran Vía 11; from £100).

The glass edifice of Hotel Urban is a fine example of art-inspired cool and a wonderful counterpoise to the more classic approach of many five-star hotels in Madrid. The rooftop pool and candlelit terrace are Madrid's best, (00 34 91 787 77 70; derbyhotels.com; Carrera de San Jerónimo 34; from £165).

Getting Around

The metro is fast and efficient. There are 11 colour-coded lines, and maps are available at stations (single 80p; 6am-2am; metromadrid.es). Taxi ranks are all over town. To call for a taxi, try Radio-Teléfono Taxi (radiotelefono-taxi.com).

How to Go?

Iberia, British Airways and easyJet fly direct to Madrid from Gatwick (£50), Manchester (£50) and Edinburgh (£70). Aero City is a private doorto- door minibus service from the airport (from £5; aerocity.com). A taxi to the centre costs from £20.

 

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