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More Marvelous Madrid

James Andrew at the Museo del Prado

James Andrew at the Museo del Prado

While visiting Madrid you couldn’t do much better than to secure the uber-luxurious Royal Suite at the Villa Magna Hotel. With its own private terrace, spectacular views, and many special amenities, it’ll definitely have you feeling like La Duquesa de Alba.

Royal Suite at the Villa Magna 

Royal Suite at the Villa Magna

Style has much to do with the details—even breakfast at Villa Magna is served with proper linen napkins, starched table cloths, and fine silverware—the most perfectly civilized way to begin one’s day!

Work by Santiago Castillo at Fundacion Pons

Work by Santiago Castillo at Fundacion Pons

I’m continually amazed by the support and feedback I get online, and when the opportunity presents itself during our travels, we do love to meet some of our most avid WIJW friends for an insider’s tour.

The super chic Pepa Charlton so graciously offered to share a bit of Madrid with us—she came to collect us at the hotel with her lovely friend photographer Sylvia Gurrea-Nozaleda and whisked us away to the Fundacion Pons, a fantastic gallery dedicated to the promotion of emerging artists. There we enjoyed an exhibition of works by the brilliant artist, Santiago Castillo. I think I’ve found homes for several of his wonderful paintings!

We then had the great pleasure of going to the home of the highly esteemed interior designer Lorenzo Castillo. Needless to say, it was an absolute dream. (More on Lorenzo Castillo in our coming posts).

We had lunch at the legendary restaurant Lhardy. Established in 1839, it retains much of its original romantic flavor. With a long history as a favorite political hangout, it is said that the fate of Spain has been decided many times amongst its tables.

Michiel Sweerts painting, Boy with Turban

Michiel Sweerts painting, Boy with Turban

Madrid has a superb collection of museums. At Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, I was quite taken by Michiel Sweerts’ (1618-1664) painting, Boy with Turban. At El Prado—considered the Louvre of Spain—we focused on the works of important Spanish artists like Velazquez(my favorite), Goya, and Ribera, and finishing our day out at the nearby Jardin Botanica.

Villa Magna Restaurant

Villa Magna Restaurant

After our lovely day of beauty, culture, and meeting new friends, we decided to return to the exquisite perfection of the Villa Magna hotel to dine at the exceptional Villa Magna restaurant, where we were treated to chef Manuel Gutierrez’ “cuisine of sensations.” We were quite taken by his motto, “the perfect way to resist temptation is to indulge in it,” and of course we were happy to oblige!

I’m wearing a Gucci mint green jacket and a linen madras plaid shirt, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with silver buckle, Tom Ford lavender silk mini herringbone pants and lavender cotton mini glen plaid pocket square, Lanvin sneakers and Gucci sunglasses my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.


  1. michael says:

    great stuff, and you didn’t even need to write about what you were wearing- which looks great! after all, it’s your holiday, so enjoy! Salud from new york

  2. Dean says:

    Dear James, WIJW,

    Probably your best post ever! I feel as if I’ve now been to Madrid, thanks to you and WIJW. Your editorial talents are huge! Congrats on another beautiful and elegant trip.

    Dean Farris (U.S.)

  3. Juan says:

    Excellent this post, Lorenzo Castillo makes a fabulous mix.
    When you come to know Uruguayan go to Punta del Este?
    Juan de Montevideo

  4. fran says:

    thank you for the chronicle!!!

  5. Francois says:

    Great staircase ! the Villa seems to be tres trop – you must have a big expense account darling

  6. piotr says:

    went shopping for fabric and mentioned to my co-worker how i saw a similar fabulous mint green jacket on your blog this morning! and then said we should book a plane to spain and forget about work!!! thanks for the fun and the inspiration, james!!

  7. James Andrew says:

    Hello piotr,

    So happy to hear that what we are sharing here on WIJW? is providing people with a bit of inspiration.

    Life is a banquet- why starve to death



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