It's hard to get more downtown than Iberostar's Las Letras Gran Via, steps away from the Cibeles Fountain and Puerta del Sol. As the name suggests, it sits right on the buzzing Gran Via boulevard, but that doesn't mean the bustle will come into your room—the insulation is truly impressive, keeping rooms quiet even on the busiest days.
The hotel works for couples, friends, and families. A rooftop terrace and pool help guests beat the heat and take in the views, alongside the Ático 11 rooftop cafe. Sample Spanish sips in the Gran Clavel wine and vermouth bars, or settle in at the restaurant. If you'd like to linger over a quiet afternoon, pick up a book and relax in the in-house library. All their restaurants serve MSC-certified seafood products, just one example of their commitment to the responsible tourism movement.
7 Islas Hotel
Also at the base of Gran Via, adjacent to the Malasaña neighborhood, 7 Islas keeps you amid the bustle as well. The airy, plant-filled space serves as an oasis downtown, with studio-designed rooms, an in-house art gallery, and a signature food and beverage program. The attractive rooms are filled with natural textures and braided leather headboards; the penthouse terrace even includes a hammock and yoga kit.
Enjoy breakfast on the rooftop terrace before browsing the lobby art gallery, where exhibits showcase a different emerging artist every three months. Have a handcrafted cocktail or dinner at the bright 7 Craft bar. The family that started the hotel is still running it today, giving it an extra fond level of service and insider expertise.
Hotel Vincci The Mint
Keep it fresh at Vincci The Mint, which describes itself as "created for restless spirits, creative minds, and modern travelers." This contemporary Gran Via hotel lives up to its name with green accents throughout the property, in its funky rooms, reception, and up on the roof.
Start your stay with coffee or wine at the combination reception and bar. Then head up to the rooftop terrace, where a characteristically green food truck offers drinks and snacks alongside the city views. Back downstairs, The Mint Place offers cocktails, small bites, and music right off the Gran Via.
Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid
Sitting on Madrid's iconic Plaza Mayor, the Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid gives guests a new level of access to this landmark plaza. The baroque 17th-century building provides a luxurious refuge from the city, with plush rooms along with a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, library, and secret inner patio.
Their restaurant, Café de la Plaza, is split between the inner courtyard and a terrace on the Plaza Mayor, so you can choose your seat depending on your mood. Or head up to the rooftop for a poolside drink at the bar, where you can take in all the activity from above.
Gran Hotel Inglés
High-end Gran Hotel Inglés first opened its doors in 1886, making it the oldest hotel in Madrid and one of the first to have its own restaurant. The recent renovations have only enhanced its old-school elegance, making this a classy stop tucked away between the Plaza Mayor and the Prado Museum.
Rooms are decorated in a plush art deco style, with leather, bronze, and glass accents. Dine on classic cuisine at the Lobo 8 restaurant or stop in for a drink or movie night at the LobByto lobby bar. If you're feeling especially inspired, you can take a cocktail-making class to learn how to recreate part of your stay at home. There's also a spa with jacuzzi, library, and concierge tours available to keep the hotel's spirit of luxury alive.
Hotel Urso ticks all the boxes you'd want in your lodging. A historical past and trendy present combine in its spot between the lively neighborhoods and more elegant suburbs. You'll be a bit farther from touristic spots like the Plaza Mayor, but instead, you'll be surrounded by hip boutiques and the posh city center at the intersection of the Chamberi, Tribunal, and Chueca areas.
The neoclassical building was once home to the Papelera Española company and maintains original features on its towers and balconies, as well as stained glass windows, decorative tiles, and marble floors. Breakfast in the bright conservatory, or enjoy luxury cocktails paired with casual cuisine sourced from the nearby Barceló Market in the Lobby Bar. Descend for a soak in the spa and pool, then visit the Media Ración restaurant, a contemporary version of the famous Cuenllas bistro. Here, everything is served in half portions for maximum sharing potential alongside highly curated wine and Champagne.
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