Stay in the Westin Palace Madrid for Just 5 Cents Per Night To Celebrate Its 105th Anniversary

Oct 9, 2017

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Starwood’s Westin Palace Hotel in Madrid is running a very special promotion to celebrate its 105th anniversary. 10 lucky winners will be able to spend the night at this marvelous hotel for just 7.5 Spanish pesetas per night, which is approximately 5 US cents  — the cost of a room back in 1912, when it billed itself upon its opening as “the most comfortable hotel in the world.” (And yes, the peseta was indeed retired 15 years ago with the switch to the euro, so this transaction would actually happen in today’s legal tender.)

The Westin Palace Madrid. Photo courtesy of hotel.
The Westin Palace Madrid. Image courtesy of hotel..

If this sounds like something in your price range, all you have to do is answer one simple question on the hotel’s web page or via its social media channels on October 12, 2017, which is the exact the date of the 105th anniversary. The question is:

What was the name of the first guest who stayed in the hotel and paid just 7.5 pesetas?

The first 10 people to answer the question correctly will receive a an overnight stay (including breakfast) for just those 7.5 pesetas, which will need to be used by March 31, 2018. The hotel may be offering hints on via social media in the coming days, so stay tuned to see if you can find some insider tips to who the secret first guest was.

It’s unclear whether or not you’ll earn points on this stay…but likely not. We here at The Points Guy still think it’s a fantastic deal, though — you don’t even need to check out our monthly Points Valuations to figure that out.

The Opera Brunch is held in this fancy room at Westin Palace Madrid. Photo courtesy of hotel.
The Opera Brunch is held in this fancy room at Westin Palace Madrid. Image courtesy of hotel.

The hotel itself is a TPG favorite, and many staff members have stayed there over the years — including TPG himself, who is a big fan of the hotel and has reviewed the property a few times.

Back in 1912, the Westin Palace Madrid was known as one of the most luxurious and comfortable hotels in all of Spain. There were bathrooms, heating and telephones in each room, which was pretty fancy in those days. The hotel cost about 15 million pesetas to build, which is approximately $106,000 today. The space managed to survive during a turbulent century that included the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

Some of the famous guests that stayed in the hotel (hmm, could any of these be the very first?) were Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dalí, Marie Curie, Nobel Prize for Literature winner Octavio Paz, Ava Gardner and legendary bullfighter Manolete. Federico García Lorca didn’t actually stay overnight, but spent many long nights drinking at the Hotel Palace brasserie and jazz club.

Rooms today are slightly more luxurious than in 1912. Image courtesy of hotel.
Rooms today are slightly more luxurious than in 1912. Image courtesy of hotel.

Today, rates start at 199 euros per night ($233) and there are still bathrooms and telephones in each room, as well as Westin Heavenly beds, Wi-Fi, AC, flat-screen TVs and safes.

Featured image courtesy of hotel.

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