Staying in Madrid
Families will surely enjoy a trip to Madrid, a capital that kind of feels like an outdoor playground with so much to do and see. Kids love rowing boats in El Retiro Park, feeling like kings and queens at the Royal Palace, eating churros and chocolate at one of the traditional cafés, and perusing the stalls at El Rastro Flea Market on Sundays. Since all these activities are some of the best things to do in Madrid, you know this is an entertaining and family-friendly city.
But one thing that makes traveling with your entire crew a little easier is accommodation with cushy amenities. Our picks for the best luxury family-friendly hotels offer central locations for easy exploring, plus perks like swimming pools, convenient onsite eateries, interesting history, big rooms, and cool rooftops—all perfect for keeping everyone entertained.
Wellington Hotel & Spa
As one of the best luxury family-friendly hotels in Madrid, Wellington Hotel & Spa is in Salamanca, one of the poshest neighborhoods in Madrid. This is a perfect location for families, as you'll be just down the street from El Retiro Park, the Prado Museum, and Gran Vía. And though Wellington Hotel & Spa opened in 1952, it sits in an older protected building, showcasing the city's architectural heritage. You can't help but notice its uniquely layered top-floor structure and iconic vintage signage.
Wellington Hotel & Spa is one of the few accommodations in Madrid with an outdoor pool. Kids and adults alike can relax with a swim, nap on a sun lounger, or enjoy snacks from the bar. Of course, the hotel also features a beautiful spa for when the parents need some relaxation on their own, complete with a treatment menu, fitness center, Finnish sauna, hydrotherapy soaking pool, and Hammam. There are also three themed restaurants, two bars, and a bakery on site, plus options for Sunday brunch, a gourmet picnic basket (perfect for strolls to El Retiro), and English tea.
Rooms offer classy decor that strives to channel the building's past, though they can feel a little dark with heavy draping and slightly outdated dark-wood furnishings. If you'd like more space and a sense of exclusivity, book a suite within the hotel's "Wellington Club," set on the top floor with a private lounge, bar, outdoor terrace, breakfast service, cigar cellar, and library.
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URSO Hotel & Spa
Set in the northern reaches of trendy Malasaña and Chueca neighborhoods, you might not be right on Gran Vía or next to El Retiro Park, but you can still walk to these sites and plenty more. And when you do want to zip around the city, you'll have your choice of three nearby metro stops.
One thing we love about URSO Hotel & Spa is its unique history. Housed in a building from 1915—the former home of a paper company—you'll find original stained glass along the hotel's staircase, plus a renovated inner courtyard patio, marble floors, wood-lined walls, and tiling. This charm extends to the rooms, which feel like suites with seating areas, desks, a bright and comfy vibe, and marble bathrooms with tubs and robes. Some have four-poster beds, private terraces, leather sofas, and dining areas. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite might be the perfect option if you're traveling with your family.
We also love all the amenities you can enjoy at the property, which the hotel dubbed "The URSO Experience." For meals, you and your family can enjoy the lobby bar for piano nights, The Greenhouse restaurant with its glass ceiling and bamboo garden, and the Half Portion Restaurant, a traditional Madrid bistro with a wine cellar. There's also an onsite spa, complete with treatments, an indoor pool, and a fitness center.
Hotel Villa Real
As one of the best luxury boutique hotels in Madrid, you'll enjoy a historical and picturesque location right on Plaza de las Cortes, putting you within walking distance of sites like Neptune Fountain, El Retiro Park, and Puerta del Sol. Besides its great location, families also love that Villa Real is known as a "museum hotel" and features an art and archeology collection you can enjoy in its common spaces. Peruse the Roman mosaics and statues, plus Apulian vessels from Magna Graecia. This exhibition is one of the most important private collections in all of Spain.
You and your kids can enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet in an elegant dining room downstairs. For other meals, you may appreciate the convenience of dining at the onsite gastro bar, which features Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and traditional tapas and drinks out on the terrace. Though not at the property, guests have access to an outdoor terrace and pool two blocks away at Villa Real's sister property.
Choose from superior rooms and suites, all following the hotel's theme of timeless decor that channels the building's 19th-century history. Some overlook the plaza below, while others add private terraces with sun loungers. The family room is ideal for those traveling with their brood, as it sleeps up to four and has a split-level design.