Commissioned in 1912 by King Alfonso XIII of Spain, The Westin Palace Madrid continues to burnish its reputation as the place where Madrid entertains the rest of the world.
Over the decades, a steady stream of artists, writers, Nobel Prize winners, politicians, and other international personalities graced the gilded retreat with their presence. Ernest Hemingway drank his dry martinis in the bar. Salvador Dali paraded his pet ocelot through the lobby on a gold chain. During the Spanish Civil War, the hotel served as a hospital. In 1991, it hosted the landmark Madrid Peace Conference.