Last summer, in the very centre of Madrid, on the Square of Spain, the four-star hotel RIU opened its doors.

The building in which the hotel is encountered has become an urban legend thanks to its difficult historic trajectory (the Madrileños often referred to it as the ghost building). Built in 1953 and immidatiely proclaime dan emblem of the city, the building called “Spain” used to contain private flats, offices, and a shopping centre, changed many owners and was even under the threat of total demolishment. From 2006 to 2018 it was empty until, finally, it was decided to turn it into a luxurious hotel.

Current RIU hotel has 27 floors, 550 rooms, 17 conference rooms, but perhaps the main event for the city was the innaguration of the Sky Bar. Located on the very last floor, this bar has already turned into one of the favourites of Madrid public thanks to the views of the city. From here, you can see all of the capital. For those who are brave enoug hand and not afraid of heights, there is a special place here, a glass bridge from which you can see Madrid at your feet, literally. Obviously, you can enjoy the city views here while sipping one of the cocktails from the best baristas of the city.

Apart from the bar, you should also see the hotel itself, Following the traditions of the first hotel launched here in 1953, RIU does not have the 13thfloor or 13throom. All of the interior was recreated in detail, for instance, the main stairs and green marble of the ground floor. Besides, you can use here a unique telephone from the times of rock-n-roll and Elvis Presley.

Despite that the rush of the first few months has calmed down, many locals still like stepping by this hotel after work. Which is why you should be ready to queue up before reaching the bar, or you can book your table in advance. In any case, the visit to RIU’s bar will become one of the brightest impressions from the time you spend in Madrid.