This sanctuary of Madrid flamenco first opened as a “tablao” in the spring of 1911; at that time the greats of the flamenco scene met at Villa Rosa.
Famous local and foreign characters came to Villa Rosa and enjoyed beautiful and endless nights. Champagne, fino sherry,palmas, heels, flamenco dresses, bullfighting debates, guitar riffs and husky singers’s voices produced wonderful nights and dawns for our frequent local visitors such as people like Lola Flores, Imperio Argentina, Miguel de Molina, Juanito Valderrama y Dominguín, or foreigners treated as if they were locals, like Ava Gardner or Hemingway. All of them loved what Villa Rosa was and meant.
Even the Monarchy was aware of Villa Rosa’s night’s prestige, and the place was regularly visited by King Alfonso XIII, accompanied by greatest business men and artists, like Pablo Febrero (Lizard) or Jesús Rodríguez Cerezal (The Immortal).
After surviving the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, Villa Rosa and its legend closed down during the sixties.
Its tiled facades date back to the 1915-1920 time period. Madrid, Córdoba, Sevilla or Granada are different and beautiful spots reflected on the tiled walls. With emphasis placed on its mosaic style, all of them wonderful to look at and to take pictures of.
Inside the place we can overwhelm our senses admiring its rich coffered ceilings and its foliated arches, as if you were in one of Granada Alhambra many halls, and at the same time try our delicious pescaítos dishes, Iberian cold meats, paellas, etc... All this is accompanied with good national wines and surrounded by a certain Albaicín atmosphere with the most authentic live flamenco performances. VILLA ROSA has done a very careful selection of guitarists, dancers and singer. Most of them are the best artists of Spanish flamenco scene and come from prestigious companies such as Spain's National Ballet, Sara Baras, Maria Pagés, Rafael Amargo and Joaquín Cortés.
All this is happening in the very heart of Central Madrid, at number 15 in“our madrileña” Santa Ana square.
Greetings from the centennial, mythic, genuine, magnificent and inimitable VILLA ROSA