Madrid Highlights Historical Venues & Private Art Collections

“What better place to give your guests the royal treatment than Madrid, a city shaped by the Hapsburgs and the Bourbons?” asks Francisco Nuñez, chief sales officer for Cititravel DMC.

Consider a function in a private banquet room at the Casino de Madrid, whose members include King Juan Carlos I, and where Spain’s highest society meets. In keeping with the venue, planners might include a takeaway gift of special ties for men and scarves for women from Loewe, the renowned Spanish designer.

“The ornate Baroque setting is very formal with original paintings, frescoes and sculptures by renowned artists,” says Nuñez. “It’s almost like being in Rome’s Sistine Chapel for an event. We can also bring in performances such as classic Spanish ballet or arias from a Zarzuela, a Spanish form of opera, which fit the classic setting. And the catering is by a 3-star Michelin chef.”

Another unforgettable venue is the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, about 40 minutes outside Madrid. A beautiful 16th century summer palace, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site where clients can enjoy a cocktail reception in the gorgeous formal gardens.

For art lovers, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum houses one of the most important private collections in the world, laid out like a physical journey through time.

“Our expert guides provide a lively, amusing and interactive overview of art, which can be followed by a private reception in the grand hall,” says Nuñez.