Madrid, Spain Meeting Planning Overview
Capital of Spain since the 16th century, Madrid is now a modern metropolis with remnants of its Hapsburg past (early 16th - 17th centuries). Most of what remains today is the redesign of the city from the early 20th century. Internationally famous for its art collections, home to one of the world's foremost sporting clubs - Real Madrid, and headquarters of the World Tourism Organization - these reasons and more make Madrid MICE venues lively places.
Nearly 13 kilometers west of the city center, Adolfo Suarez Madrid–Barajas is one of the Europe's most impressive international airports and operates flights to most world destinations, offering superb airlift.
One of the renowned MICE venues in this huge city is IFEMA, also known as the Feria de Madrid, boasting 200,000 square meters of exhibiting space, 12 halls and 3 convention and congress Centers. Popular Madrid MICE hotels include the 467-room Westin Palace, which has 20 meeting rooms, including the newly refurbished and very grand Espacio Palace for up to 800 persons; the luxurious Silken Puerta America, a trendy, stylish place with five event spaces for up to 1,000 persons, including the atmospheric Jean Nouvel Penthouse; and the 162-room Ritz Madrid, which has five spaces for MICE meetings, including the Salon Real for 400 persons and the Salon Alfonso XIII for about 250 guests.