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Hyatt opens the first Thompson hotel in Europe

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A new Thompson Hotel has opened in Madrid. It is just round the corner from Gran Via metro station and features 175 rooms and suites.

Hyatt, which owns the Thompson brand, is calling it a “celebration of thoughtfully curated style and global sophistication with an authentic Madrilenian flair, delivering an exciting destination for culturally astute travellers looking to immerse themselves within the vibrant Spanish capital.”

I think that means it’s meant to be a trendy, design-led hotel aimed at leisure travellers ….

Thompson madrid hotel

Hyatt’s Thompson brand in general is a bit of an odd one, as it’s not entirely clear what it offers. It was acquired as part of a larger deal a few years ago, and the company seems intent on rolling it out rather than converting the hotels into existing Hyatt brands.

Thompson appears to be positioned an upmarket boutique hotel brand – I am due to stay in one in New York soon, so let’s see. They tend to be five star properties and so positioned a notch above Andaz.

Before anyone comments that there is already a Thompson hotel in Europe, in London, this is no longer the case. The Thompson in London, called Belgraves, which was in a mainly residential area near Harvey Nichols, rebranded after a short period and is now The Hari Hotel.

The Thompson Madrid website is here.


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Comments (27)

  • Hostime says:

    The Thompson in Austin is the worst hotel I have stayed in. The concept struck me as… bizarre. Hope Madrid is a better implementation.

  • tintin38 says:

    Stayed at the Thompson Madrid on the opening weekend on WoH points (cash rates were eye wateringly high, even considered the current elevated rates in Madrid for all hotels).
    Hotel and service was excellent with few teething problems normally experienced during the opening weeks. Staff were amazing. The pool and rooftop bar were open (but not yet the restaurant) although perhaps the use of space on the roof needs reconsidering, it’s a bit all over the place. They will fix this no doubt.
    Breakfast in the bakery on ground floor was exceptional. Overall great hotel and a great option alongside the very good Hyatt Centric. My only complaint was no desk in my room so might not be the best for business travel, seems the hotel is more aimed at leisure travel anyway.

  • Rand says:

    Stayed at the Thompson Seattle and it was an underwhelming experience.

  • AL says:

    Thompson Seattle is, quite frankly, appalling. And there are some awful properties in that city.

    • AL says:

      In fact, there are better Hyatts in Seattle – Hyatt Regency is good. Seattle is devoid of decent accommodation, on the whole, though.

    • Will in SJC says:

      Interesting. I would say compared to the other hotels in Seattle the Thompson isn’t that bad. I guess it’s all personal presence. I find The Kimptons tend to be a bit worn, the Hilton and CP are meh, the Grand Hyatt is surrounded by empty stores and had an issue with homeless when I last went by. The Four Seasons is just too expensive for what it is and I was never that impressed by the Fairmont- but Fairmonts generally aren’t my thing. I’m back to the Kimpton Monaco next week, Charter Hotel later next month.

      I do agree though that Seattle really isn’t that great for hotels which is a shame given how much time I spend there.

  • merlin90 says:

    I couldn’t really put my finger on the precise selling point of a Thompson specifically (although the poster who said they were aimed at the 35–45 bracket is probably close to the mark), but I’ve stayed at the Thompson in Chicago and Washington DC, and liked both. The DC one is very new, I believe. It’s in the Navy Yard area around the Washington National’s (baseball) stadium, which has had a lot of new development in the last five or 10 years. When I went earlier this year it had a decent rooftop bar, but for some reason that is now permanently closed. Chicago’s Thompson is in Gold Coast, around lots of bars, restaurants, and shops, and within walking distance of the lake, the river, museums/galleries, and Lincoln Park zoo.

  • Lumma says:

    Now when I say “hello Mr. Thompson” and press down on your foot, you smile and nod.

  • Jm says:

    Aberdeen to Dublin is a shame for Loganair who have also added capacity to that route – does it really need 4 flights across 2 airlines?

    • ADS says:

      presumably Aer Lingus are expecting a fair amount of connecting traffic

      and presumably all four flights are on pretty small aircraft

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