* Click here for rating key
Hotel Silken Puerta America Madrid Hotel Review: Rising like a beacon amid fairly drab condominiums on the outskirts of residential Salamanca, this hotel welcomes guests with a discreet doorway and sleek lobby that belies the thirteen stories of ultra-imaginative décor above. Guest rooms, totalling 342, feature designs from individual architects on each floor --- among them Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid. The result? A trippy, down-the-rabbit-hole experience. One level is space-age, and the next oddly angular, with a geometric, metal hallway that's disorienting in a singular way. A drawback, given that this is a business hotel, is the painfully slow, complimentary wireless Internet access. But redemption comes in the form of a stylish Lágrimas Negra-designed dining room, Marmo lounge with a stunning Carrara marble-topped bar and a panoramic top floor with a dizzying glass ledge jutting out above the streetscape below. In-room perks include air-conditioning, 24-hour room service and satellite TV. There's an on-site business center, pool and fitness center, too.