Red carpet and gala dinner
The opening of the new Marriott hotel in Madrid, to which I was invited as a journalist, could not have the same prominence as the presentation of the Spanish Goyas, but was quite similar to glamorous: Red Carpet, Showacts and a good Galadinner.
Mariott has just taken over the hotel, it is completely new so it is not and that can be recognized in places as well. However, the Mariott Madrid Auditorium is the largest Mariott hotel in Europe with 869 rooms and 56 meeting rooms, the largest of which is the Auditorium, equipped with stage and lighting for showevents and up to 2.000 people.
56 meeting rooms, 869 rooms
25 meeting rooms have daylight and 15.500 square meters are available for exhibitions and trade fairs. The hotel also has 1.000 parking and a fitness area, which is open for 25 hours. The pool unfortunately only opens around 9 clock and thus for many business guests too late.
There are also various bars and restaurants, for example the ala carte restaurant Kalma, the great room for tapas next to the reception or the buffet Madrid, a particularly large dining area for up to 800 people. For VIP guests, the Executive Lounge is also available in the 3. Floor available.
The breakfast buffet is, according to the Marriott standard good and offers a large selection, but the health aspect is a bit short: for example, missing gluten-free or vegan offers - the topic of healthy food is so far not widespread in Spain.
Cheap, but bad organization
I was not really enthusiastic about the organization on the ground, as measured by German standards. On the other hand, the free use of the business center as well as the free and well functioning WLAN in the whole house are positive.
After all, the hotel is quite cheap: A room is depending on the equipment and season already from 60 Euro to have. Overall, the price / performance ratio is comparatively quite good.
Activities for groups: skiing and grape harvest
For groups, Madrid offers a rich program of activities: For example, ski resorts can be reached in an hour, but you do not even have to drive into the area, in the city itself can experience exciting: Seagway tours or guided bike rides or a grape harvest :
For example, in the "Wine experience center, La Rebelión de los mandiles" you can squeeze artificial grapes, test your sense of smell or enjoy a wine tasting: a very original opportunity for indoor team building. The activity can be booked for groups from 12 persons up to 150 persons at the same time are allegedly possible.
Museums, tapas and wine tasting
Right next door there are excellent tapas in the Spanish tavern "Toma Jamon" - here are good 20 people at the same time place. In general, the somewhat alternative Latina offers exciting tours, while the area around the Plaza Mayor and the Porta del Sol is more touristic.
Within walking distance are the three famous Museo Reina Sofía museums, Museo del Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza, with a rich art collection from the Middle Ages to Expressionism and contemporary American art.
The Marriott Madrid Auditorium is located approximately halfway between the airport and the city center, a good half an hour from the center. Unfortunately, it is only badly reached by public transport, however the hotel offers a free shuttle service.
Since the airline Iberia has exceptionally narrow rows of seats, if possible, another airline should be chosen or it is recommended to upgrade to the Business Class.
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