The first thing I did when we returned from our camping trip in France was to book another holiday. Don’t get me wrong, we’d had a great time and the Dordogne was fabulous but the novelty of playing house in a pre-fab had worn off.
I played the blog card. Husband, I said, my blog is called “Mum’s Gone to…”. I must ensure I go somewhere so my blog is like Ronseal. People might sue me over the Trade Descriptions Act if I promise family holiday posts and then discuss plum jam and Rod Stewart songs.
Okay, husband yielded. Half-term. Find somewhere warmish, three nights, cheap flights leaving at a decent hour of the day. I was like a dog with a bone. I circumnavigated the globe in an afternoon until I settled on a midday flight from Luton to Madrid with Easyjet.
Then I had a silly turn. Got carried away looking at hotels in Madrid on Tripadvisor and fell in love with lots of expensive ones. The lure of Egyptian cotton, thread count, luxury toiletries and complimentary slippers was too much for me. I found my ideal place: Hotel Urban. Who couldn’t be ensnared by these website claims:
With a marked Art-Deco style and opting for avant-garde architecture, the Hotel Urban is a boutique hotel from the 21st century, urban, design and ideal for exacting lovers of luxury who shy from conventionality.
Forsooth, that is me. An ‘exacting lover of luxury’. Begone lowly caravan wherein I bang my shin on corner of bed for it hath no room around it.
The 102 exquisite guest rooms in the centre of Madrid, the harmony of the materials and the exuberance of the collection of Egyptian, Chinese, Hindu and African pieces on display in them and the careful lighting of each space will make your stay a one-of-a-kind experience.
That will do me. I’ll happily share my room with all these Egyptian and Hindu artefacts as long as there’s a towelling robe and a mini bar.
So, Hotel Urban, you have romanced me and teased me. Let’s see if you can deliver the goods. And good people of blogland, if any of you have been to Madrid and can suggest places to go, sights that would interest a teenage boy, I’d love to know what you think.