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Marvelous Madrid and the Villa Magna Hotel

James Andrew at the Villa Magna Hotel

James Andrew at the Villa Magna Hotel

Our holiday in Spain begins in marvelous Madrid—a city that at its height was the center of one of the largest and most powerful empires in the world.

As always, I seek out lodgings that capture the essence of a place with seemingly effortless chic—location, style, impeccable service, and comfort are always at the top of my list.

The Villa Magna has it all. And so, what better place for our base of operations in Madrid?!

The Magna is located in the uber fashionable “Barrio Salamanca,” an area which was once home to the finest mansions and palaces in Madrid, and you’ll still find the most stylish shops, boutiques, and restaurants there. We suggest a fine breakfast on one of the lovely terraces at the Magna first though to fortify you for your grand day out!

Villa Magna Hotel

Detail - Villa Magna Hotel

Snail Staircase at the Villa Magna Hotel

Snail Staircase at the Villa Magna Hotel

Detail - The Villa Magna Hotel

Detail - The Villa Magna Hotel

With a modernist mix of the most elegant old world sophistication and contemporary elements, there is something almost David Hicks about the place, which of course had me feeling right at home!

With only three short days in Madrid we chose to focus on monumental sights like the Palacio Real—its exuberant and lavish decor reflects the tastes of King Carlos III and King Carlos IV. The palace was occupied by the royal family until 1931 when King Alfonso XIII abdicated the throne.

After visiting the palace I’d suggest a visit to the neo classical style “Jardines de Sabatini.” Happily for us the magnolias were in full bloom. I had to stop several times to take in their heady fragrance.

In need of a bit of recovery after our sight-filled morning, we headed to Casa Lucio for a scrumptious lunch. It’s a Castillian style taberna whose clientele, according to Food and Wine, “…ranges from the king and queen to the local hooker”—now that is my kind of place!

I’m wearing a Tom Ford “Spencer” sports jacket in tangerine silk linen basket weave and silk floral pocket square, Turnbull and Asser shirt in purple and white gingham checked cotton, Gucci khaki pants, python belt with silver buckle and sunglasses, Tom Ford sand colored suede loafers and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.


  1. Juan Moliné says:

    Hola James,

    Me ha encantado haberte conocido….. y me alegra mucho que te haya gustado Madrid y el Hotel Villa Magna.

    Estás fantástico!!!!!!


  2. jon stone says:

    James, seems you had a fantastic trip!! Loving this outfit, so cool and classic!

  3. Dean says:

    Dear Jaime,

    You look so amazing here! The photography is SUPERB! So pleased to see you looking so well…

    Dean in Florida*****

  4. little augury says:

    fantastic. and yes the photographs are too. the tangerine is an inspired choice and nothing sweeter than the magnolia. pgt

  5. quintessence says:

    Of course adore the tangerine silk jacket!! What a totally chic hotel – love the mix of old and new.

  6. fran says:

    very elegant outfit and beautiful hotel

  7. Nick Zantop says:

    YUM! Just look at that staircase! One day I’ll have one like that.

  8. Pearl Hammond says:

    I absolutely love this post! I adore Madrid!

  9. What a great story James! The hotel looks amazing! I am glad you had such an amazing time there!



  10. If only all cities were as stylish as Madrid!

  11. Lola Montes says:

    Qué hermosos lugares James!

  12. Lil´Lilly says:

    Oh James! I wish that I was there with you!

    Have a nice day!


  13. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Wunderschöne Fotos James! Hattest sicherlich eine tolle Zeit dort!



  14. Martina says:

    James! Qué lindo! Cuándo vienes a México? Te estamos esperando por acá!

    un cariño


  15. Tom Cavendish says:

    Wow, it seems you had the most amazing time there!

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