The combination of the most avant-garde architecture and design with original pieces of ancient Asian and Egyptian art make the Urban an ethnic, magical and unique hotel: tropical Wenge wood, green marble from Guatemala, Trent mosaics, totems and figures from Papua New Guinea, white marble from Thassos, Chinese portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries, a collection of Hindu figures from the 19th century and an Egyptian museum. It is a gateway to art and history in the very centre of Madrid!
The collection of Egyptian, Chinese, Hindu and African pieces is distributed throughout different points of the hotel including the guest rooms, creating a full interaction with guests and visitors. It is a combination of hotel service and art that is the distinguishing mark of the Derby Hotels Collection.
On the building's ground floor there are dozens of figures and totems from Papua New Guinea from the end of the 19th century.
Above a skylight between the atrium and function rooms, various ceremonial sculptures from the lands of the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea are on display, brought by an expedition of archaeologists in the 1930s. Highlights in the hotel's hallways and restaurants are the Ming Dynasty prints, bronze Osiris figures, bas-reliefs and ushabtis (funerary pieces) from pharaohs Ramesses II, Senkamanisken and Tahark.
The rest of the floors and guest rooms have small Hindu statues and Chinese figures from the end of the 19th century on display.
A selection of ancient Egyptian relics from different periods are collected in an ebony room. Among them are a granite statue from Ramesses III, dating to the 12th century BC, a figure of the god Osiris in bronze and semi-precious stones from the 8th century BC and several limestone wall reliefs from different Egyptian dynasties.