VP Plaza España: Hotel as Art
About a year ago, VP Plaza España Design, a new hotel belonging to the chain Melia,
opened its doors, and it has already turned into one of the city landmarks. The Spanish capital had
waited for this opening for long four years, but now it can take pride in the building, which is
impressive not only in terms of its modern architecture but also an artistic interior.
The difference between VP Plaza España Design and any other 5-star hotel lies in its unique
link to tradition and nature. Despite how modern its design is, it fits in the Plaza de España
cityscape perfectly. It is an important achievement considering the significance of the Plaza, as this
is the location of a massive monument to the great Miguel de Cervantes and two of his most famous
characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Inside the hotel, you will find an extraordinary collection of art, which includes more than
100 pieces. The most remarkable among them is, of course, the 20-metre high Waterfall by Pete
Gifre. Rumour has it that it is thanks to this jewel the prince of Saudi Arabia has become a
frequenter at the hotel, and every time he visits the capital, he only stays at VP Plaza España
However, for any Madrid citizen or visitor, the main element is the bar on the 12th floor,
called Ginko Bar. It is open to the public, and every evening “the house is full”. Despite 5 euros
that you have to pay for the entrance, the joy of the visit is worth it. Firstly, those 5 euros will be
discarded from your check. Secondly, the venue’s views and interior are definitely something you
should check out for yourself. Plaza de España is currently closed for reconstruction works so
anytime soon it will be impossible to enjoy its view, but the bar’s altitude provides you with a view
as on the red-roofed city centre so the green hectares of Parque del Oeste and Casa de Campo.
If you decide to step by Ginko Bar, I would recommend booking a table in advance, or
otherwise be prepared to queue up for about half an hour. A glass of wine is 5 euros, a cocktail is
10. Yet the Spanish sky and Madrid landscapes at your feet are the joy that you should venture.
Photo: VP Hotels