Madrid has long been one of our favourite capital cities in Europe. Its high-end hotels offer everything from grand opulence to boutique city centre luxury. Here are the very best places to stay and see the sights, with hotels to suit every luxury taste.
BLESS Madrid Hotel
The 111-rooms BLESS Madrid Hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and the flagship of a new collection of properties from Palladium Hotel Group. BLESS includes urban, as well as resort properties. It features striking interior design by Lázaro Rosa-Violán; cuisine by the celebrated Spanish chef, Martin Berasategui, including his new Etxeko Madrid restaurant, spacious guest rooms and suites with bespoke ‘blessed beds’, the Magness Soulful Spa and Fitnic Power Gym. There are alluring public places to meet and share good times including the Versus Lively Lounge, a buzzing lobby bar & restaurant, the Fetén Clandestine Bar, in the basement, complete with a bowling alley and the Picos Pardos Sky Lounge.
Hotel Santo Mauro
The Hotel Santo Mauro is a 19th-century luxurious hotel in the heart of Madrid. It has recently undergone renovations with new and improved interior design. The hotel offers a unique experience – it was the residence of Duke of Santo Mauro, an influential figure in shaping Madrid’s 19th-century society. It neighbours the district of Chamberi and has a 1,000 square metres garden offering the beautiful scents of rose bushes and horse chestnuts. The lavish restaurant was formerly the library and with a suite of meeting rooms, Santo Mauro is popular with business travellers. Additionally, the five-star hotel has a Chinese Lounge and a Gin bar where you can relax after a long day of Spanish sightseeing.
Dear Hotel Madrid
The Dear Hotel offers astonishing views over the Gran Via and the Plaza de Espana Avenue. The hotel is near to metro stops such as Plaza Espana and only a few minutes walk to shopping areas, nightlife areas, and restaurants. All of the hotel’s 162 rooms provide spectacular views to the Plaza de Espana or the Gran Via. The hotel has a restaurant, a lounge, 360 degrees sights, and a sky pool to provide an elegant and comfortable stay.
The Urso Hotel is found in the Chueca district, neighbouring the Chamberi and Tribunal areas. The Urso is a 20th-century building which incorporates modern décor and architectural designs. It’s a stylish boutique property and is close to embassy buildings, restaurants, and bars. It has over 78 rooms and offers amenities such as a spa, swimming pool, lounge bar, and a fitness centre. Enjoy top-class tapas and wine at Urso’s on-site eatery Media Ración, or dine in The Conservatory, where the outdoors is brought elegantly indoors.
Only You Boutique Hotel
The Only You Boutique Hotel in Chueca on the Calle del Barquillo in the centre of Madrid, features award-winning interior design from Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Housed in what was once a palace, it offers an effortlessly stylish contemporary luxury experience with vintage touches. Only You has a Thai style spa, Mediterranean lounge, its own YOUnique restaurant and a British cocktail bar, the only one in the city to have collaborated with Veuve Clicquot. The hotel is centrally located in one of the hippest suburbs near the best bars, restaurants and trendiest boutiques of the city.
Hotel Villa Magna
The Villa Magna is an exclusive hotel in the Salamanca district. It’s an ideal place of residence, surrounded by the city’s main shopping and financial areas. The 5-star hotel underwent a large renovation in 2007, with sleek and sophisticated interiors created by Thomas Urquijo. The 150 room hotel offers Spanish and Cantonese dishes in its main restaurants, two terrace bars for drinks, a spa and butler service in suites. It’s no surprise that these elegant contemporary facilities attract many movie stars, making it a great place to spot celebs.
The Principal Madrid Hotel
Stay on the Gran Via just a 12-minute walk from the Prado Museum, where sun-drenched landscaped terraces, stunning views, a wellness centre, delectable cocktails and intuitive cuisine await. This characterful hotel, part of the international and chic Principal chain, has 76 bright and airy rooms including whirlpool tubs, designed to make you feel right at home. The colour palette mixes neutrals, with darker shades and accents of rich colour in the public areas. Tuck into haute cuisine by Chef Ramón Freixa and sip cocktails from a lounger on the roof, with panoramic views of the region.
Hotel Palacio Del Retiro, Autograph Collection
Another property from a well-known chain, Autograph Collection’s Hotel Palacio Del Retiro is a 50 room boutique hotel. The building is just over 100 years old, having been re-imagined into its current form, from its original purpose as a grand home. Its location in the city’s magical art triangle is reflected in the eclectic design, fusing traditional Spanish style with contemporary simplicity. The Suite Bar serves lights snacks and elaborate Mediterranean dishes, while the spa’s extensive menu provides everything from ayurvedic treatments to massage lessons, to fitness counselling. Guests can relax in the plunge pools and therapy baths and even get married in the hotel.
Relais & Chateaux Heritage Madrid Hotel
Relais and Chateaux handpick the finest international properties, each with their own personality, individuality and renowned gastronomy. The Heritage Madrid is situated in the heart of Madrid, on the leafy Barrio de Salamanca, a pleasant stroll away from the boating lake. Designed by Lorenzo Castillo, the style is somewhere between a stately home and a hip boutique hotel. The 46 rooms each have hardwood or parquet flooring, jacuzzis and many of the suites boast balconies. A meal at chef Mario Sandoval’s Restaurant Haroma is a must, with a choice of executive, tasting and hunting menus, as well as high tea and brunch.
The Westin Palace
A Marriott wellness hotel, The Westin Palace is a natural choice for spa breaks. The large 470 roomed building was commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912 and is found on the famed Art Walk. The decor is grand: gilt, chandeliers, period features and splashes of regal purple and green abound. Bedrooms have a distinct Belle Epoque influence with stunning original oil paintings – book the Royal Suite for coveted views of the Netuno Fountain, a library/office, jetted tub, sauna and Bang and Olufsen built-in stereo. Dine at La Rotonda, with its incredible stained-glass cupola, or opt for Oriental cuisine at Asia Galley. If seeking a lighter meal, guests can enjoy sushi at Green T.
Hotel Gran Melia Palacio Los Duques
The Hotel Gran Melia Palacio Los Duques is found in the refined Hasburg district, a short distance from The Royal Palace, Opera House and Cathedral. This modern resort is housed in a 13th-century convent and a 19th-century palace. It’s a popular choice for families, with 160 spacious rooms and a babysitting service. There’s also a valet, concierge, four eateries, 24-hour room service, a translation service, private tours, personal shoppers, a spa, fitness centre and a lush peaceful garden. Plush textiles, period features and geometric patterns all merge to create a contemporary urban vibe. The hotel is a member of the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts, and part of the wider Melia Group.
VP Plaza España Design
The flagship hotel of the VP chain, Plaza Espana Design prides itself in the unique design of its 214 rooms and mesmerising contemporary art. Minimalist in style with clean lines, the decor by Cuarto Interior, is award-winning. But there are plenty more reasons to stay here – the views, the spa, the sky bar and the stunning pool being just a few. The 12th floor Ginko Restaurant provides wonderful vistas and the ideal spot for a sundowner, while the uber-modern spa is quintessential for an urban relaxation. 1400 metres squared of meeting spaces ensure the Plaza Espana Design is regularly frequented by business travellers too.