The Westin Palace Madrid

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The Westin Palace Madrid (Spanish: Hotel Palace) is a luxury hotel located at Centro in Madrid, Spain, on the Carrera de San Jerónimo, with exteriors to Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo, Calle del Duque de Medinaceli, and Plaza de las Cortes.

The hotel was developed by Belgian entrepreneur Georges Marquet by personal suggestion of Alfonso XIII, and the building involved a new material: reinforced concrete. It was constructed over a period of eighteen months, and opened to the public on 12 September 1912. At the time of its construction, the Hotel Palace was the largest hotel in Europe.

Among the innovations of the new hostelry were telephone, intercom and toilets in each room. The basement of the building was famous in Madrid for providing diverse services, such as dance halls known as "The del Palace", a jazz lounge known as "Rector's Club", and a brewery known as "La Brasserie". In the 40s, Cine Palace was opened here.

The hotel is currently part of the Westin hotel chain, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

The Hotel Palace was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1999.<ref name="bic">Template:Bien de Interés Cultural</ref>

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