The new RIU Plaza España occupies 24 floors of the emblematic 27-storey Edificio España, which originally opened in 1954 as a mixed-use structure containing a hotel, offices, apartments and shops. It is an striking example of 20th-century Spanish architecture built in the neo-baroque style. Its profile, on Plaza de España at the end of the Gran Vía, complements the neighboring skyscraper Torre de Madrid (which houses the Barceló Torre de Madrid hotel), making the pair important architectural landmarks in the Spanish capital. The imposing entrance is flanked by marble columns and decorated with the original bas-reliefs, part of the city’s historic heritage.
The RIU houses 585 rooms in the 4-star category, a restaurant, a lobby bar, a fitness centre, a swimming pool on the 21st floor and two Sky bars. The first, De Madrid al Cielo, fills floor 26 and it is decorated in the Movida Madrileña style, with neon lights on the walls. The second sky bar is on the building’s top floor, where it offers 360° views of the city and a spectacular glass walkway that lets you literally walk on Madrid’s sky.