Erected in 1917, this building is a fine example of classic Madrid architecture, with white columns, ornate scrollwork and colorful tiles. The 103 brightly painted rooms increase the sunlight coming in from the broad avenue Gran Vía, and you’ll have nice views of other grand buildings. The hotel gets its name from the quotes by poets and writers written on the walls. If you want to look them up, there’s a library with volumes in both Spanish and English. The restaurant and bar are good, but not spectacular. The rooftop lounge, however, is well worth a lazy hour for its sweeping views of downtown. This hotel has a cultured yet homey feel, but is a bit pricey for all that.