Carolina Ramirez Herrera

Totem

www.CRHcollective.com
  • Where:Madrid, Spain
  • Why:Extended work trip.
  • When:March 2019
  • Who:Me + a Bestie.
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Buenos dias Totem Hotel!

Beautiful staircase details.

I'll take this to go please.

Texture envy.

Loved the modern tropical vibes at the bar.

Lobby/work space nook.

When you get in way too early.

Loved having a real balcony and natural light.

Taking in said balcony and light.

On the smaller side, but just as inviting.

Mini Bar treats, nothing complimentary though.

Highs & Lows

  • Location is superb and exactly where you want to be in downtown Madrid. Rubbing shoulders with high end and high street shops alike directly on your doorstep.

  • The interiors are stunning, the blending of textures throughout are serious design / home inspo (give me allllll the wallpaper!) and the restored 19th century staircase in particular added warmth to the modern, urban feel.

  • The common areas definitely cater to the modern-day business traveler, both lobby bar and adjacent chill area are great to set up shop and get some work done before hitting the town.

  • Loved that the rooms had mini balconies, always YES to natural light!

  • Rooms may be tight for those who don’t travel light as they are definitely on the more traditional European side [read: small]

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Downtown boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Chic, urban design meets old-world brass accents.

  • Location

    Excellent location, in the middle of Madrid’s trendy fashion district, Salamanca.

  • Rooms

    64

  • Music

    Not that I recall...

  • Year Opened

    2016

  • Designed By

    The hotel was designed by Corium – a design housed based in Barcelona.

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool, Yes to gym (although given its location, rather get your steps outdoors and exploring the city!)

  • Restaurant

    Yes, although my foodie hit list was too long to dine in-house this trip

  • Bar

    Yes and definitely an after-work spot for Madrilenos.

  • Minibar

    Yep. Loved the artisanal pistachios and peanuts to snack on.

  • Children

    I’d leave them at home, the lobby and common areas were a mix of cocktails +laptops.

  • Price

    Great value for price and more importantly location.

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