With its 19th-century palacio exterior—complete with an original bookseller’s facade next door—and British Colonial–inspired navy-and-white interiors by acclaimed designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the Only You Hotel & Lounge hardly seems like the urbane, grown-up sibling of Ibiza party staple Ushuaïa, although the name might give it away. And, while the exceptionally trendy bar and lounge hiding behind the bookshop windows (along with more than 30 kinds of gin and a live DJ) attracts a who’s who of cool Madrileños, it’s the thoughtful little touches that really give away the hotel’s decadent roots, such as all-day breakfast for guests and a 24-hour check-in/check-out policy.
But the Only You stands on its own, too, planting its flag in the up-and-coming Chueca neighborhood. Distinctive decor includes a chinoiserie scene painted over the elevators, mirrored wall panels in both the restaurant and lobby lounge, and original exposed beams in some rooms. The restaurant would be a destination in its own right, on par with any in Madrid’s cutthroat culinary scene, and the tuned-in concierge team has the hookup at all the best spots in town.
The hotel will be opening a new wing with an expanded lounge, outdoor terrace, and new rooms in the fall of 2015.
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Flanked by similarly romantic 19th-century facades, the Only You Hotel & Lounge is tucked in amid the narrow, winding streets of Madrid’s trendy Chueca neighborhood, a hip area filled with cool restaurants, shops, and some of the city’s best nightlife. This is the neighborhood where you’ll find concept stores like Tenkey, a barber-turned–men’s clothing boutique, and artisan food markets like the Mercado de San Anton, whose rooftop terrace is one of the hottest aperitivo destinations in the city. More traditional Madrid sights are just a short stroll away, with icons like the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Puerta de Alcalá, and Museo del Prado all within a stone’s throw.
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Rooms: 70 rooms, seven suites. From $200. Check-in and check-out are flexible. Dining options: The mirror-lined YOUnique restaurant serves an inventive, seasonal menu of gourmet dishes from the kitchen of acclaimed young chef Carlos Martín. A tapas tasting menu is available for true gourmands, and brunch is a see-and-be-seen event. Breakfast is served all day, so you can awaken at any hour and start the day right. In the former bookstore next door, the almost painfully hip lounge attracts Madrid’s trendsetters to its British Colonial–inspired cocktail bar and sleek, columned lounge area, where creative drinks and light bites (like gourmet hot dogs) can be ordered throughout the day and night against the backdrop of DJ-curated music. Spa and gym details: In addition to a well-equipped 24-hour gym, the hotel’s Beauty Room offers a range of spa and salon treatments.
Who's it best for:Partygoers with a sense of style. Our favorite rooms: One of the hotel’s largest and most atmospheric rooms, the Only You Moments is an attic junior suite accessed via a spiral staircase, featuring sloping ceilings with exposed beams and walls of bookshelves. The interior of the Only You Secret room may be small, but it has its own 30-square-meter terrace—a blue-and-white-tiled patio overlooking the city, the perfect setting for an alfresco breakfast. Stay connected: Whether you’re traveling on business or just need your iPhone connected to the Internet at all times, the hotel provides portable wireless routers for guests to borrow on their city excursions.