Rosewood Villa Magna, located within the historic Anglada Palace in Madrid’s Salamanca district, has returned from a thorough renovation. For the transformation, Melbourne-based design practice BAR Studio fused traditional Spanish culture with contemporary style in a handsome, clean design that is both warm and approachable.

“The hotel is obviously a significant location within the community of Madrid—a destination in its own right, with a lot of character and a sense of familiarity. We aimed to preserve this character and create a new chapter through the refurbishment by inserting a new layer of history into existing interior architecture,” says BAR Studio cofounder and director Stewart Robertson. “The design, that draws on the history and reputation of Villa Magna, is an evolution of the landmark destination hotel into a Rosewood retreat with an enhanced sense of comfort and residential feel.”

A new entryway conjures drama upon arrival, leading to a striking staircase that navigates guests to the nucleus of the property. Two pools flank the entrance, aptly reflecting the site’s towering cedar and carob trees. Alongside new contemporary elements, subtle references to traditional Spanish architecture abound in the form of stone, iron, and glass across the hotel. Tactile materials like leather and wood and custom furniture atop over-scaled herringbone floors infuse an artisanal authenticity as well. “The interiors are opulent yet refined with a sophisticated European feel,” adds BAR furniture design leader Deanie Madrusan.

Designed by Spanish architect Alejandra Pombo, signature restaurant Amós is distinguished by checkerboard floors with wooden boards, antique brass details, and an arabesque marble lamp that contrast blue, gray, and white velvet upholstery in the dining room. A central carpet anchors the interior, while the expansive outdoor terrace exudes a more casual ambiance with green tones and glazed ceramic planters installed upon herringbone marble floors.

All 101 guestrooms, 49 suites, and four signature suites echo the flair of a contemporary Spanish villa with an avant-garde touch. Standout accommodations include the sprawling, two-bedroom Anglada House on the top floor, which features living and dining rooms, a private gym and sauna, and a large terrace. Salamanca House is also located on the top floor, home to a flexible layout that can transform into a four-bedroom suite.

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