Ian Schrager’s Edition brand arrives in Madrid

Following the launch of The Barcelona Edition in 2018, Edition Hotels has opened its second property in Spain, this time in Madrid with a 200-room resort featuring two restaurants, three bars and a rooftop pool.

Located in the heart of the capital near Kilometer Zero, The Madrid Edition has been designed by British architect John Pawson and Paris-based François Champsaur under the watchful eye of Ian Schrager Company, combining Pawson’s refined elegance and simplicity with the artistry, spirit and originality of Champsaur.

“Every time I visit Madrid, I am conscious of the cultural intensity of the city,” says Pawson. “It has a particular energy and a strong sense of place. With The Madrid Edition, I wanted to make somewhere with an equal but different intensity – calm spaces to withdraw to, yet also an environment charged with its own life and identity. Ian and I have been working on projects almost continuously for the past two decades. When you collaborate with someone for this long, a deep and instinctive mutual understanding develops. At the same time, we still retain a capacity to surprise each other, which helps to keep the creative thinking fresh.”

The building itself, which sits on Plaza de la Descalzas with views of a 16th-century royal monastery, is clean-lined and modern, embellished only by a decorative 18th-century Baroque portal – designed by Spanish architect Pedro de Ribera – that was salvaged from an extension building. From here, guests can access the hotel’s restaurant, while its main entrance around the corner features a copper canopy that leads to an oak-lined space anchored by a spiral staircase that ribbons fluidly to the lobby on the upper ground floor above.

As with all Edition hotels, the lobby is the beating heart. Here, under an undulating ceiling, the lobby bar is dressed in a mix of bespoke furnishings arranged in intimate seating groups, including Jean-Michel Frank sofas and armchairs, recycled bronze stools from Maison Intègre, rope-covered chairs by Christian Astuguevieille, and a Shapely pool table, which designer Emmanuel Levet Stenne sculpted from a single slab of white Bianco Neve matte marble. Behind the hand-crafted scalloped copper bar is a backlit caged bottle display and, as ever, there is a strong emphasis on warm, indirect lighting, which has been added to give the room a warmth, softness and approachability while illuminating the custom pieces under direct spotlight.

Also accessible from the lobby is Jerónimo, one of two restaurants and, in a discreet corner, the Punch Room. Here, under muted lighting, the intimate space unfolds in a rich tapestry of colors and textures, featuring dark oak wall panels, a basalt stone fireplace, gray pony hair Jean-Michel Frank armchairs, and handwoven wool rugs inspired by Catalan artist Joan Miró’s abstract forms and bold colours. Details are highlighted by a brushed copper bar, and a bronze-polished mirror created by Paris-based design studio Garnier & Linker.

Spearheaded by Mexican chefs Enrique Olvera and Santiago Pérez and taking its name from Spanish painter Jerónimo Antonio Gil, Jerónimo echoes the strong cultural links between the two countries, while its menu is heavily influenced by Mexico’s traditional culinary roots. The restaurant itself is a multilayered space with four distinct areas that blend into one another, with a double-height room distinguished by carved dark oak wall panels that take cues from the ornate detailing of the Baroque portal outside, bright yellow leather chairs and banquettes , and two alabaster and plaster pendant lights by designer Emmanuel Level Stenne, reminiscent of the heavens and otherworldly celestial planets. This leads to a lounge area anchored by a long green marble bar and simple white oak floors featuring original art and elements bathed in saturated luminescent Yves Klein inspired blues, which then flows into a more casual light-filled space dressed with limestone floors, white marble floors tables and a background of Luis Barragán-inspired hot pink, bold magenta and bright oranges. The restaurant’s terrace, launching later this year, sits in a plant-filled plaza.

On the lower ground floor, the hotel’s entertainment venue is an “after-dark” spot which, when it arrives in the coming months, will be defined by a gold polished plaster wall and a back-lit onyx bar with a leather base. The full-length red velvet curtain behind the stage has been embroidered with copper thread in a traditional Spanish pattern, while the black-fringed velvet chairs have been inspired by toreador’s hats. Also on this floor is a fully-equipped gym and wellness facility clad in dark timber and embellished with antique baroque candelabras. There are five treatment rooms on offer, one with a private steam suite, alongside a menu of treatments including a mud bath that uses products from Spanish skincare brand Natura Bissé.

Overlooking the city, meanwhile, the 4th floor rooftop is home to Oroya, a greenhouse-like restaurant – overseen by Peruvian Chef Diego Muñoz – framed by a blackened steel cage clad with climbing plants and colored glass panels that cast bright patterns across the room. Outside, Oroya’s terrace is a garden in the sky featuring a fireplace and a vine-covered pergola beneath that sits a bleached teak bar, rattan bar stools and a long oak table, while a rooftop pool – the largest in Madrid – is equipped with 60 sun beds and 10 cabanas.

Also on the top level are two penthouses, both are arranged as duplexes with views of architectural landmarks from the bedrooms on the upper floor, with the lower level comprising a living area as well as a butler’s kitchen. The Madrid Penthouse, home to a panoramic terrace and private infinity outdoor pool, features refined interiors that are rich with natural textures and furnishings like a leather and wood daybed by lifestyle brand BassamFellows and an eight-seat travertine marble dining table with lacquered metal feet.

On the floors below, 200 guestrooms, including 23 suites, unfold over an understated design scheme. A dark oak-panelled entrance leads to a muted palette of whites and creams, alongside bespoke furnishings and natural textures of linen, limestone and timber. There’s also a dramatic backlit headboard that has been custom-made in plaster and draws inspiration from the shape of the hotel’s Baroque portal entrance.

Completing the offering are a series of flexible meeting and event spaces, including a two-storey ballroom, three studios with dividing walls, a conference room and a breakout area designed to feel like a living room.

“Madrid is a truly world-class capital,” says Schrager. “It’s a beautiful city that marches to its own beat and goes its own way. And this is not just a hotel. It’s much more than simply a place to sleep. It is a true hub of popular culture, entertainment and social interaction that is a microcosm of the best of Madrid and that captures the city’s spirit and essence. It’s about creating an original and new kind of gathering place.”

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