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I first came across Spain’s AC Hotels group back in 2003, when I was reviewing hotels in Barcelona for Condé Nast Traveller. At the time, boutique style hotels were still the exception rather than the rule, and the AC hotels stood out for their modern, minimalist design, great bars and fresh outlook.

This April, seven years later, Mango booked me into the AC Santo Mauro in Madrid when they flew me over to attend their AW10 fashion show. I knew immediately I was in an AC hotel from the neat touches (glass bowls of jelly beans in reception, the furniture in the public spaces (Eames) and the thoughtful bedrooms (free mini bar, bedside reading lamps, iPod docks).

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The hotel is in the former residence of the Duke of Santo Mauro, about a twenty minute walk from the Prado and minutes from Madrid’s smartest shopping street, should life become unbearable without the prospect of a new Loewe handbag.

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The house is set in a substantial private garden, with a shaded eating patio (excellent lunches are served here), and a chic bar area, wonderful for aperitifs. The main dining room is in the elegant former library, with panelled walls, high ceilings and shelves of books in case of boredom over supper. Everything I ate from perfect poached eggs to that work of art fruit salad was delicious, bar a slightly dodgy sandwich vegetal from room service.


Some of the bedrooms are in the main house, with most in the courtyard annexe, where I was staying in a room with fabulous tall windows which I flung open to let the sun flood in over the parquet floor.

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I shot a quick video of my quarters which is below:

Hotel AC Santo Mauro Madrid.

LLG was a guest of Mango in Madrid

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I have only been to Madrid once – it’s a rather big hike from down under – we stayed in the cutest little hotel right in the middle of the main shopping strip with a balcony that overlooked the daily festivities. I loved it. I am completely and insanely jealous!!! Love your blog.


I have been to Barcelona so many times and have never managed Madrid- it looks very elegant. I love the Acqua Di Parma toiletries- I’d be rushing back to the room to use them every chance I got! it looks delightful- and I want that salad!


I am having massive trouble leaving a comment for you. Let’s try again….one day, Wilkins, ONE DAY, we will have a hens reunited celebration in such a glorious location as this. I LOVED your Loewe handbag line, btw – a touch of Mitfordian/Mitfordesque dry and wry wit that made me LOL, as the yoot would say xxx


i must stay here


Any hotel that has Acqua di Parma toiletries is okay by me. I am partial to their Profumo, an dry and elegant old-school chypre. I wish AdP made and freely dispensed toiletries in this grand fragrance.


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Oh looks like my kind of hotel, gorgeous. I’d stay there just for the toiletries! ;0)


I lived in Madrid for a few years so never got to try the hotels – have had coffee in a couple of the AC Hotels and that experience was always nice – who can fault a good cafe con leche, right?. Always wondered what this one was like tho’ as the Beckhams stayed here for weeks on end waiting for their house in La Moraleja to be ready when David was playing for Real Madrid. and now I know!

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