Staying in Madrid
Family travel is a lot of fun and an experience that will likely create lasting memories. But planning trips with your entire crew in tow isn't the easiest task, so we recommend choosing accommodation that offers those little perks that make your trip slightly more manageable. Some of the best mid-range family-friendly hotels in Madrid offer amenities like swimming pools for entertainment, onsite eateries for convenient dining, and central locations that support little legs that get quickly tired.
In addition to those awesome perks, all our picks have central locations that make exploring the city on foot pretty easy. Since some of the best things to do in Madrid are in the city center, you might as well stay in buzzy Sol, next to Plaza Mayor, in the historical Literary Quarter, in hip and trendy Chueca, or right on Gran Vía. This way, you can simply stroll to sites like El Retiro Park, El Prado Museum, Puerta del Sol, and the Royal Palace.
Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid
Yes, you can stay directly on Plaza Mayor at Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid hotel, which occupies part of the famous square's perimeter. Unsurprisingly, the views of the city's most celebrated square are incredible. You can enjoy them from your room (if you request one with plaza views), the large library lounge, the outdoor terrace on the square, or the rooftop terrace.
As one of the best boutique hotels in Madrid, even the standard rooms feel bright, colorful, and plush, though the bathrooms are small with a sink inside the bedroom. We recommend a slight upgrade to a superior room or higher category for families that prefer more space. Suites add nice perks like soaking tubs, sofas, and exposed brick walls.
There's a lot to keep you and your crew busy at Pestana Plaza Mayor. To start, enjoy your daily breakfast in the airy inner courtyard, which feels more like a garden terrace. Then head to the spa with its indoor pool, splashing among preserved arches and buttresses. If you prefer to swim outside, there's also a rooftop pool and lounge overlooking the historic skyline. When hungry, grab a meal at the onsite restaurant or lobby bar.
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CoolRooms Palacio de Atocha
CoolRooms Palacio de Atocha is aptly named as it's a hip upgrade to a 19th-century palace house. Enjoy the charming original elements, such as the main iron staircase and decorative ceiling. The location adds to the coolness, as you'll be just down the street from Antón Martín Market, a great place to peruse the stalls and try a few authentic bites while watching locals truly do their daily shopping. You'll also be within walking distance of numerous other sites, like the Literary Quarter, Royal Palace, Catedral de la Almudena, and Puerta del Sol.
Choose from six room types, all with a bright, airy, and minimalist feel, plus spacious bathrooms with stylish tiling. You'll enjoy light-wood flooring and walls, plus vintage paneling, lighting, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Upgrade to a suite if you want to feel like you live here—they're huge—and request connecting rooms and extra beds to accommodate kids. Some suites offer soaking tubs, living rooms, separate bedrooms, and private terraces.
The onsite restaurant serves breakfast in the dining room or on the beautiful outdoor covered patio. The inner courtyard also features an outdoor pool and lounge with a fountain and lots of plants. Sneak into the cozy lounge bar for a nightcap or hang out in the open-air lounge across from the reception.
Hotel Vincci The Mint
Bright, bold, and vintage—plus set directly on Gran Vía—Hotel Vincci The Mint is one of the best mid-range boutique hotels in Madrid. Channeling the famous avenue's glamorous past, the hotel feels like a glitzy step back in time. Enjoy the lobby bar (serving drinks and coffee even at check-in), cozy lounge, or a rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy snacks and drinks from a quirky food truck. If you're a soccer fan, the bar also promises to play all the big games.
All rooms, even those in the standard category, offer a comfortable, bright, and stylish atmosphere. The bathrooms are large with elegant gold fixtures and showers, though the suites have options for tubs. If you truly want to take in the property's glam, choose one of the suites offering private terraces and cozy sofas, which are ideal for families.
We love the hotel's fun aesthetic, but we're also fans of its location on Gran Vía, typically reserved for luxury properties. You'll be just a few blocks from the Círculo de Bellas Artes and Neptune Fountain, plus within walking distance of other major sites, including Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and the Royal Palace.