Autumn is one of the most appealing seasons to visit Madrid, when crowds of tourists have dispersed, the weather is mild and the evenings are bright, and a host of interesting, exciting exhibitions pop up across the city. This year however, the vibrant city is drawing in “the fashion set,” as it embraces its status as one of Europe’s most desirable destinations for the international jet-set to enjoy a luxury shopping break.
A recent addition to the electric Capital is the opening of Galería Canalejas. Located in the former Palacio de la Equitativa, between Calle Alcalá and Calle Sevilla, this ultra-exclusive shopping district marks the latest symbol of luxury and glamor in the heart of Madrid. Visitors to the cities will find over 30 boutiques selling luxe fashion, accessories, perfume and high-end jewelry and watches by some of the world’s most prestigious brands including Hermès, Cartier and Rolex, not to mention a fantastic selection of restaurants and gastronomic concepts designed by renowned Michelin-star chefs.
Spanning an area of 15,000m2, Galería Canalejas is spread across three floors, with the ground floor and first floor dedicated exclusively to shopping. The opening of its first phase saw French luxury design house Hermès and prestigious Cartier jewelry open their doors, recently joined by new boutiques from Aquazzura, OMEGA, Rolex, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Zegna. There is also the Beauty Gallery by Isolée, with over 20 brands of premium cosmetics, make-up and signature perfumes.
Of the city’s lures, a mere stone’s throw away is the Gran Hotel Inglés, the oldest hotel in Madrid, which serves as the ideal base for such a special shopping experience in Europe. For an accompanying dose of culture, the narrow streets that surround Gran Hotel Inglés are steeped in history, lined with tapas bars, best-in-class restaurants and quirky shopping boutiques. Be it for a cup of hot chocolate with churros in the Plaza del Ángel, a promenade to visit the original home of Cervantes, a late evening visit to the old Botanic Gardens and to buy flowers at the oldest florist in Spain, or drinks and live music with friends at Café Central, one of the best jazz clubs in the world… history lives in these streets, coined the birthplace of Spanish theater and the arts, and the Gran Hotel Inglés is a custodian of such quintessential madrileño culture. The Barrio de las Letras is one of Madrid’s most central neighborhoods – a dynamic, cultural melting pot studded with monuments – so, moving around the Spanish capital and its surrounding areas is simple and easy, no matter the mode of transportation. Gran Hotel Inglés enables its guests to live Madrid’s history in the present day, while effortlessly enjoying all the contemporary delights of this energetic city.
To celebrate the opening of Spain’s hottest new shopping district, Galería Canalejas and Gran Hotel Inglés will unveil a special partnership to offer guests of the hotel a luxury shopping package, which will include a 20% discount on the room rate, a daily buffet breakfast, a 10% discount on personal shopper service by Galería Canalejas, access to the Gallery’s private VIP lounge, a welcome drink by Cartier in the private room of Galería Canalejas, a special welcome gift from Galería Canalejas and a personally curated shopping map by Gran Hotel Inglés’s concierge, comprising charming shops and ateliers of the neighborhood.