NH Collection Madrid Abascal Hotel Review

Considering hotel options in Madrid? Check our review of the NH Abascal which is located halfway between the financial district and the historic center.

The NH Collection Madrid Abascal is a 4-star hotel in an early 20th century building (which formerly housed an embassy), and it was completely renovated in 2014. This NH Collection hotel is contemporary and filled with light — a clean, white palette that is accented by shades of cream, beige, gold, silver, blue and burgundy throughout. The NH Collection is a brand that is designed with business travelers in mind.

Experience NH Abascal Madrid:

  • NH Collection Abascal Lobby and Grand Staircase NH Collection Abascal Lobby and Grand Staircase NH Collection Abascal is located in a former embassy building that strikes a balance between modern and historic features. Courtesy image
  • NH Abascal Junior Suite Desk NH Abascal Junior Suite Desk My guest room during my stay. © 2015 Rob Hard
  • NH Collection Abascal Lobby Lounge and Front Desk NH Collection Abascal Lobby Lounge and Front Desk The lobby is contemporary and bright. Courtesy image
  • NH Abascal DOMO Restaurant Breakfast Juices NH Abascal DOMO Restaurant Breakfast Juices DOMO Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Courtesy image
  • NH Abascal Junior Suite NH Abascal Junior Suite A view within my room -- I particularly enjoyed the alcove, its seating area with the white chandelier and the view of the street. © 2015 Rob Hard
  • NH Collection Abascal in Madrid Exterior NH Collection Abascal in Madrid Exterior Courtesy image
  • NH Abascal Breakfast Buffet NH Abascal Breakfast Buffet Courtesy image
  • NH Collection Abascal Standard Guest Room NH Collection Abascal Standard Guest Room Courtesy image
  • NH Collection Abascal Junior Suite NH Collection Abascal Junior Suite Courtesy image
  • NH Abascal Guest Room Bath NH Abascal Guest Room Bath
  • NH Collection Abascal DOMO Restaurant NH Collection Abascal DOMO Restaurant Courtesy image
  • NH Collection Abascal Lobby Lounge NH Collection Abascal Lobby Lounge This is a very innovative seating area in the lobby. Notice the number of outlets for your own personal use. Courtesy image
  • NH Abascal Junior Suite Guest Bath NH Abascal Junior Suite Guest Bath From my guest room. The rain shower is wide enough to cover your entire body and the hand held shower provides a range of options. © 2015 Rob Hard
  • NH Abascal Bathrobe and Slippers NH Abascal Bathrobe and Slippers
  • NH Abascal Candelabro Chandelier NH Abascal Candelabro Chandelier The lobby has a sophisticated, beautifully designed chandelier. Designed by LZF (a Valencia, Spain-based lighting company), it is suspended from the ceiling is a unique creation composed 15 separate elements made of ribbony wood. © 2015 Rob Hard
  • Churros   It’s For Breakfast Churros It’s For Breakfast From the breakfast buffet at NH Abascal Madrid. Churros is something that can be enjoyed any time of the day, but the Spanish tend to each this plain or with chocolate for breakfast. When in Spain... © 2015 Rob Hard
  • Spanish Omelette at Breakfast Buffet at NH Abascal Madrid Spanish Omelette at Breakfast Buffet at NH Abascal Madrid Spanish omelets are amazing -- made of egg, potato and onion. © 2015 Rob Hard
  • NH Abascal Madrid Gym NH Abascal Madrid Gym

If you stayed here in the past, I’m told you may be expecting a darker hotel, but that’s no longer the case. In fact, the lobby has been opened up three floors of space to create an open and inviting atmosphere with archways and moldings. There’s also a unique lobby chandelier composed of wooden ribbons that is suspended from the ceiling, designed by LZS in Valencia, Spain.

You’ll find artwork throughout the building, including a Mariscal. You will also be pleasantly surprised by the large images of protected (landmark) buildings in Madrid on the guest room floors as well as the hotel’s grand staircase which retains its original splendor — including stained glass windows. I love hotels that have keep their original staircases because they become part of your unique experience and not hidden behind a door at the end of a hall like so many hotels do today (don’t worry, there’s also the typical European elevator/lift that you can use).

NH Abascal is located in an upscale residential and commercial neighborhood that’s about halfway between Madrid’s financial district and the historic city center and museums. So, depending on where you want to go, it’s a short transfer using one of the two nearby metro stations, buses, taxis or private car services.

Guest Rooms at NH Madrid Abascal

NH Abascal has 183 rooms with high ceilings: 106 superior and 54 premiums rooms (each at 215 square feet), 6 premium rooms with a terrace or patio (320 square feet) — these are on the 7th floor, 10 junior suites (270 to 375 square feet), 3 suites, 4 rooms that are designed for guests with disabilities and 6 single rooms (140 square feet). Rooms include satellite TV, flat screen TVs, Nespresso machines, desks, minibars and shoe horns/shoe shines if you need them. Premium rooms and suites include bathrobes and slippers (which I really like when I’m on the road). Wifi is available throughout the hotel at no extra charge — that’s something all hotels should offer!

I stayed in Room 404, a larger junior suite (corner room) with a king bed and a view of the main street, José Abascal. Because the building was originally designed for residents, the space offers those special little design nuances, like a generous alcove that allows for a small table and chairs in front of the window — and a white, modern six-light pendant chandelier. You can also open the window and feel like you’re part of the neighborhood.

When you enter the room, it has a small foyer that leads to the bathroom and then an additional door that leads to the bedroom space. I like that because this helps minimize the typical hotel hallway noises we all tend to expect when on the road. The decor is bright white yet muted and brings various textures to the room, such as the the velvet chairs and couch, the white wardrobe valet stand, wallpaper with a muted vertical pattern (on a single wall), dark wood floors, the building’s exterior design elements are etched into the corner wall (next to the bed) and a giant mirror that leans against the wall.

The marble bathroom has a separate shower (the rain-effect shower is cool as it covers your whole body) and full bathtub. There’s also a bidet, and I’m also a fan of bathrooms with these. The NH bath amenities have a light, green tea scent, and they’re pleasant (a bonus with NH is that you get separate hand and body creams).

Restaurant DOMO Abascal

Located next to the hotel’s lobby bar and lounge area, the hotel’s restaurant serves traditional fresh, seasonal dishes from the region under the direction of Ángel Aylagas and the creative guidance of Paco Roncero.

The breakfast buffet includes a range of fresh fruit juices, pastries, cold cuts, cheeses, fruit, yogurt, breads and much more. They also have a choice of churros, which the Spanish enjoy at breakfast. You can also request various hot dishes made to order, including a range of eggs to prepare your eggs, bacon and sausage. (If you need to depart early, ask the front desk or restaurant in advance about the earlybird breakfast.)

I also stopped by for a late dinner on my first evening, and the menu embraces includes heart stews, grilled dishes and a selection of wines. It was fairly late for me, and my first night in Spain, so I requested their chicken breast with vegetables. I enjoyed it with a house recommended glass of sauvignon blanc (Verdajo Fray German, a rueda house recommended glass of sauvignon blanc that is produced in Spain. I skipped the dessert (it was already around midnight), but did finish with an after digestif of Baines Etiquelta Oro, a pacharan that was nice and smooth. This was a perfect ending to the night.

Events at NH Madrid Abascal

If you’re planning for a small meeting or intimate event, the NH Madrid Abascal has six meeting rooms, which can comfortably hold between two and 60 people. DOMO Abascal is often used for cocktail parties, receptions and other events. The pleasant surprise is that there’s a lovely outdoor terrace that can be used for private events — that’s a nice oasis. NH Madrid Abascal has an onsite event planner who can assist.

The Verdict

NH Collection Madrid is a lovely hotel that you’ll enjoy. The front desk, concierge and dining staff are attentive, and the hotel is well-maintained.

And, if walking around Madrid or on a trade show floor for the day isn’t enough, there’s a small room on the lower level where you can workout (open 24 hours/day). It has a couple pieces of cardio equipment and some free weights.

Rob is editor of Business Travel Destinations. He reviews international destinations for meetings and events -- where business travelers go, the hotels where they stay and their lifestyle preferences on the road. Rob was previously the event planning guide for About.com (owned by The New York Times Company) from 2007 - 2011. His articles also appear in business travel publications and travel sites internationally.

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