The Hotel carpets have been stepped by Government Presidents, Princes, Ministers, Bullfighters, Singers, Athletes, Scientists, Writers, Actors, etc. Today we invite you to discover another of our treasures: the “Golden Book”. In its pages there are many of the illustrious clients’ signatures that we have served in our more than sixty years…
At the opening party, gathered personalities of the time as Santiago Bernabeu (in the picture with D. Baltasar Ibán) or the Director General of Tourism, D. Luis Bolin.
We have been visited by representatives of governments from the entire World. Like the entourage of the Republic of Liberia ministers in 1955 stayed in the Hotel or the expresidents of Government Eleazar López Contreras (Venezuela) and Nicolas Sarkozy (France). So have many members of royal families members as the then Prince D. Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Princess Lamis Mustafa Al Alami, the Saudi Prince Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, Princes Charles and Marie-Adélaïde of Luxembourg and Prince Sahle Selassie of Ethiopia.
As personalities from the arts and sciences, we can highlight the Nigerian Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986), the Dr. Severo Ochoa (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1959), the writer Ernest Hemingway, the novelist and Language Academician Ana Maria Matute, the British writer Graham Greene (who 22 years later returned to the hotel to stay again) or the recently deceased Álvaro Mutis.
From the world of music, we had the pleasure to have with us great artists such as Julio Iglesias, Serrat, Francisco, Camilo Sesto or Joaquín Sabina. Not are few the international stars who have passed through the hotel: Ava Gardner, Sharon Stone, Adrien Brody, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Salma Hayek, Bo Derek, Penelope Cruz, John Malkovich… But were not the only, also had visited us the film director Carol Reed, the astronaut Charles Conrad, D. Gerald Wellesley (VII Duke of Wellington), the double World Marathon champion Abel Anton or the comedian Miguel Gila.