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Why did you decide to visit Madrid?
I traveled to Madrid with my husband Hassan to experience the culture and shopping. A destination on my list for years, this beautiful and inspiring city was worth every minute.
What was the highlight for you?
Of course, the shopping spree at the iconic El Corte Ingles department store!
When you visited El Corte Ingles, what are some of the things you will always remember?
Upon arrival I was greeted by their elite personal shopping team who performed a personality and body analysis to ensure only the best outfits were selected. Such a luxury!
Did you have a chance to sample any Spanish cuisine?
Having worked up an appetite shopping, I explored Gourmet Experience at Serrano 52, a foodie must-go. I could not resist sitting down for a meal at Cascabel, managed by Michelin-starred chef Roberto Ruíz.
Does your husband share your love of shopping?
Well, after lunch, Hassan tried the personal shopping service at El Corte Inglés’ seven-story store dedicated to menswear, SERRANO 52 MAN. Only the best-fitting outfits were selected, so it was all said and done, Hassan even admitted “shopping is not so bad … when someone else is doing it for you”.
Where did you stay?
I chose the historic Villa Magna Hotel, overlooking the grand Paseo de la Castellana, where I was welcomed by El Corte Inglés with a heartfelt note and special gift for my little Sasha, as well as a 10% reward card to be redeemed at the store .
What were some of the other highlights of your time in Madrid?
With some time left after our shopping extravaganza and with the hotel in such a prime location, it was easy to experience the art and culture of glorious Madrid. Our Arabic-speaking butler made sightseeing even easier, booking us tickets to Madrid’s “Art Triangle” museums.
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