Hyatt Centric Madrid
Henry Chebaane seamlessly blends art, heritage and culture to craft the Hyatt Centric Madrid. The new lifestyle brand from Hyatt has entered the European market with a five-star hotel developed from a historical city landmark built in the 1920s, located on the famous Gran Via.
The creative director of London studio Blue Sky Hospitality (BSH) has developed a compelling, immersive environment that amplifies the brand ethos of providing a launch pad for guests to explore and experience the best of what the destination has to offer.
The first floor is the hotel’s primary social destination, bringing together a meeting and event space evoking a virtual walk in the park, a central garden patio and a dramatic Iberian-Peruvian dining concept called ‘Hielo y Carbon’ (Ice & Charcoal). Guests are greeted by a theatrical show kitchen clad in various black and anthracite materials leading to a crudo bar made of glass and silver tiles and an island cocktail bar specialising in gins overlooking the Gran Via.
The stylish bar and dining areas have an unusual ceiling covered with fluid silver graphics that reflect back the city lights of Gran Via below, lending a glamorous mood to the overall space that can be seen from across the road.
In addition to the interior design schemes, Chebaane has created a number of site-specific art pieces evoking Madrid that can be followed throughout the building from the musical score on the custom corridor carpets to the intriguing wall prints in guest rooms and the sculptural light and sound tree in the lobby: a stylised representation of a madroño, the emblematic tree of Madrid, with its specially composed soundtrack of chirping birds.