The Westin Palace (Madrid)
The former palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli was inaugurated by Alfonso XIII in 1912 and refurbished in a French style. It was frequented by Picasso, Buster Keaton, Sarah Bernhard, Mata Hari, Dali, and Ava Gardner among other celebrities. Hemingway drank dry martinis at its bar, while the bullfighter Manolete walked out the hotel door towards the arena of Las Ventas. In the Palace halls, the Socialist Party held its first victory in the general elections of 1982. Here was celebrated the Madrid Peace Conference (1991) and the dance-opening of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
It was the first hotel in Madrid designed by Cesar Ritz, in the early twentieth century. King Alfonso XIII ordered it built, because he wanted to offer a luxury hotel in the Continue reading