Madrid, Spain
Me by Meliá
Amenities at the Me by Meliá hotel in Madrid not only raise the bar for business travel in Spain, they do it with a degree of sexiness that brings new meaning to the notion of mixing business with pleasure. Accommodations in the ME offer the latest in technology, including 32-inch interactive plasma television, desk with modem-fax connection, complimentary Wi-Fi, Tango X2 audio system for iPod, and direct-dial telephone in the bathroom, at the desk, and on the bedside tables. They also offer soul-satisfying perks like Aveda bathroom products, floor-to-ceiling sweeping views of the city’s skyline, soundproofing, and ambient music courtesy of live DJs. The hotel also sports a gym that is open 24 hours a day seven days a week as well as a business center. For those planning conferences or large corporate gatherings, ME meeting spaces, which include studios, Sky Ballrooms, and an Evolution room with three additional breakout rooms, can accommodate 14 to 500 guests. Just as you might expect, all rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and technology. ME is just steps away from the city’s gay epicenter, Chueca. Located on the hip Plaza Santa Ana, which many of the rooms overlook, the ME Madrid has the special distinction of being home to one of the Spanish capital’s hottest rooftop bars, where the spectacular city views and sublime signature Mojitos attract a beautiful local crowd that includes many of the city’s most famous faces. Beyond the glitz the most notable attribute of the hotel is the staff’s genuine commitment to their motto “Everything is possible.” Whether guests need something as over-the-top as a helicopter or as simple as a breath mint before a meeting, the ME by Meliá team will go the extra mile to make it happen. To the business traveler for whom “yes” is the only correct response, that little perk alone places ME at the top of the heap when it comes to accommodations in Madrid. Rooms form US$350. Plaza de Santa Ana 14, Madrid, Spain. Tel: 877-9-5483-63.www.memadrid.com
—Duane Wells