Hotel Silken Puerta América
Avenida de América, 41, 28002 Madrid, Spain
| +34 917 44 54 00
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Hotel Silken Puerta América MadridDesigned by 19 of the world’s top architecture and design firms (three of which have already won the Pritzker Prize), the Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid may be the world’s ultimate design hotel. A colorful, towering ode to the best of modern design, the hotel is unlike anywhere else, with each distinctive floor imagined by a different creative, including the likes of Zaha Hadid (her vision is an undulating space-age den of all-black or all-white rooms and smooth fiberglass surfaces) and Jean Nouvel (his gradient exterior is just the tip of a vibrant, imaginative iceberg). John Pawson imagined the Zen-like, all-wood lobby, while architect Teresa Sapey created what may be the world’s only whimsical, design-conscious parking garage, a brightly colored and well-lit space inspired by Paul Éluard’s poem Freedom, which adorns the building’s facade.
Despite each floor’s unique and avant-garde aesthetic, the Hoteles Silken group refused to compromise on luxury, guaranteeing top-notch service and every modern amenity one would expect from a five-star hotel. And don’t forget the acclaimed restaurant, two trendy bars (one on the rooftop, with postcard-worthy views), and the indoor rooftop pool.
about 5 years ago
Radical Design Hotel
The Hotel Silken Puerta America is a must-stay for architecture and design afficionados. Located near the Madrid Airport, it’s a difficult building to miss, what with its 14 stories painted in a rainbow of colors. It gets better. Inside, each floor is wildly different from the next, transformed by a different, famous architect/designer into their futuresque vision. Staying here is a big vertical party at which everyone rides the elevator and trades floor access with their fellow hip guests. Choose your floor in advance of your visit (depending upon availability, obviously).