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A boutique hotel and art gallery in one, you'll be surrounded by creativity at 7 Islas, as the local Kikekeller's studio designed the entire property. The hotel owner is from the Canary Islands, and you'll find relaxed vibes in the rooms, with light wood and bright whites mixed with dark elements and unique decor. Enjoy breakfast in a casual dining area or sit at the lobby bar for drinks and light meals. Pros You'll feel like a local in this super-cool and artsy space right in the heart of Malasaña, a vibrant, hip neighborhood. The lobby doubles as an art gallery, and Kikekeller's studio designed the hotel and its rooms. The hotel's charming dining area is where you'll enjoy breakfast, complete with a serene staircase overflowing with plants and a fountain. The lobby houses a small craft cocktail and gastro bar open for all meals. To help you experience the city like a visitor (rather than a tourist), the hotel provides a neighborhood guide with some of the best locally owned shops and eateries. The penthouse room has its own private terrace. Cons The hotel's minimalist, industrial feel might not appeal to everyone.
You can stay directly on Plaza Mayor at this Pestana hotel, which makes up part of the famous square's perimeter. Request a room that overlooks the plaza to enjoy the iconic scene any time you want, but you'll also find a large library lounge with an exceptional view, plus an outdoor terrace on the square reserved for guests. The rooms are comfy, but we suggest upgrading to a larger unit for more space. You'll also enjoy a rooftop terrace and pool, plus a beautiful inner courtyard and lobby lounge.Pros This ideal location puts you right at Plaza Mayor, with a large lounge overlooking the square and many rooms featuring plaza views and balconies. Enjoy breakfast and other meals at the onsite restaurant, which features an airy and atmospheric inner-courtyard terrace. Unique to the city, you'll have access to the seasonal rooftop pool and sundeck, plus an indoor pool open all year, which connects to the hotel's spa. At Plaza Mayor, you'll notice many restaurants with terraces, and the hotel has one exclusively for guests. Connecting rooms open up opportunities for families to enjoy staying at the property. Cons Plaza Mayor is a very busy tourist hotspot, so it can get a little noisy outside the hotel (though rooms tend to stay mostly quiet), especially during holidays and football matches.
This Only YOU hotel sits right across the street from Atocha, so it's a great pick for those with a late train arrival or early departure. The hotel's design maintains its unique past, and you'll find lots of fun spaces, including breakfast served from a bakery hut, a barbershop, and a food truck. Enjoy views with breakfast and grab lunch or dinner at the Asian fusion restaurant or restaurant and bar, Sép7ima, a cozy restaurant with a bar.Pros If you're catching an early train or arriving by train at a later hour, this hotel has the perfect location just across the street from Atocha. You'll also be at the edge of Retiro Park and the Botanical Gardens, plus within walking distance of sites like the Literary Quarter, El Rastro flea market, and Plaza Mayor. Enjoy unique hotel conveniences, like an onsite barbershop, parking, a 24-hour gym, and a relaxation room filled with plants. The hotel has two restaurants, one with a rooftop bar and terrace and the other one set in the lobby with an Asian fusion menu. Cons Because you're across from Atocha, the views aren't the best.
Set in the northern reaches of trendy Malasaña and Chueca neighborhoods, you have your pick of metro stations to easily zip around the city, though you can still walk to sites like Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol, and El Retiro Park. The hotel's decor reflects its Art Deco past, especially in the posh rooms, atmospheric Greenhouse Restaurant, and elegant lobby bar, which features nightly live piano music and champagne. Pros Enjoy your stay in a historical building from 1915, which once housed a paper company. Since you'll be near three metro stations, you can easily get almost anywhere in the city. If you prefer to walk, enjoy strolls through hip neighborhoods like Tribunal, Chueca, and Malasaña and sites such as Gran Vía and El Retiro Park. The hotel has two restaurants, plus a lobby bar and opportunities for exclusive private dining. Spend some time at the spa with body treatments, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Opt for one of the suites with a private terrace, sun loungers, and outdoor dining to enjoy a few more perks. Cons Unlike most luxury options on our list, URSO doesn't have quite as many common spaces (like lounges) to enjoy.
Stay in Gran Vía's very first five-star hotel, one that upholds the property's exclusivity and elegance. Sleep well in stately rooms, some with balconies facing the famous avenue, and enjoy relaxing on the rooftop terrace—one of the best in the city. When hungry, explore the nearby districts known for eateries and a proper tapear (tapas walk), including Chueca, the Literary Quarter, and Malasaña, or dine at the renowned onsite Ático Restaurant. Pros The location is perfect for those wanting to stay right on the city's famed street, Gran Vía, plus you'll be within walking distance of sites like El Retiro Park, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza Mayor. Enjoy live music and sunset views across Gran Vía and Madrid's skyline at the rooftop bar and restaurant. Relish in the hotel's ultimate feeling of exclusivity, as you must take the elevator up to the lobby after checking in on the ground floor. Grab your meals at one of the hotel's eateries, which—besides the rooftop bar and restaurant—includes a heated 6th-floor terrace (with views of the Metrópolis dome) connected to the renowned Ático Restaurant. Cons Though the location is ideal for some (and the rooms stay quiet), keep in mind that Gran Vía is a very busy street with both car and foot traffic.
CoolRooms is aptly named, as it is pretty cool. The building was once a 19th-century palace house, and you'll find its original staircase and decorative ceiling. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace, which also has a garden and outdoor pool. Sip drinks in the cocktail bar or enjoy dining in the cozy onsite restaurant. Rooms have a vintage and stylish feel, and upgraded units are exceptionally spacious. Pros The location is ideal for walking around the city, as you'll be near iconic sites like Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and the Literary Quarter. This "cool" hotel maintains some of its historic charms (original staircase, ceiling frescoes, etc.), as it was a palace house built in 1852. The hotel turned its inner courtyard into a secret garden, complete with a pool and outdoor dining. The lobby lounge is unique because it's open-air, so you can relax in the fresh air when the weather is decent. A small set of stairs leads to the onsite restaurant with its cozy, intimate indoor dining room. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the hotel is a bar. Some suites have private rooftop terraces, outdoor hot tubs, and living rooms. Cons Though in the center of it all, the hotel is on a busy street that feels a bit chaotic when walking.
Gran Hotel Inglés offers comfort and history as the first luxury accommodation in Madrid, opening in 1886. Enjoy the Art Deco ambiance in the lobby, with its cocktail and sherry bar, plus a breakfast buffet and afternoon tea service. The onsite restaurant features a gourmet tapas menu and puts a spin on regional classics. At the end of the day, relax in your room or book a treatment in the spa. Pros You'll stay in the Literary Quarter, one of the best pedestrian areas in the city and within walking distance of sites like Plaza Mayor, El Retiro Park, and Puerta del Sol. Sleep among the city's history, as this was the first luxury hotel in Madrid, opened on one of the city's first streets with electricity. The Art Deco lobby bar serves creative cocktails and iconic La Venencia sherry, plus a breakfast buffet, an afternoon English tea, and a small-bites menu designed by a Michelin-star chef. Enjoy typical cuisine from Madrid in the hotel's restaurant, Casa Lobo, which puts a sophisticated twist on the classics. Unwind at the spa by soaking in the hot tub or booking treatments, such as massages, facials, and body scrubs. Cons As the oldest hotel in Madrid, it doesn't feel quite as polished as some of the other luxury options in the city.
This Petite Palace property lets you sleep in Madrid's first boutique hotel, over 400 years old. You can see one of the arched entranceways to Plaza Mayor from the hotel's front door, and you'll be within walking distance of other sites, such as the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. The hotel is quite simple and offers small yet comfortable rooms, plus a breakfast buffet.Pros The history of this hotel is impressive, as it's the oldest boutique hotel in Madrid, operating for over 400 years. The location is ideal for those wanting to be next to Plaza Mayor and all the central action. The square is one block away, and you'll enjoy streets lined with shops, cafés, and bars. You can enjoy a standard daily breakfast downstairs in the dining area. There are rooms available for up to six people, which feature bunk beds and are ideal for families. If you want to explore Madrid on two wheels, you can rent bikes right from the hotel. Cons The hotel shows a lot of wear and tear and doesn't have any common areas, like a lounge or terrace. Because you're right in the buzz of the city, the rooms facing the street can get a little noisy.
Bright, bold, and vintage, this hotel is a great mid-range choice directly on the beautiful Gran Vía. Channeling the famous avenue's glamorous past, the hotel feels like a glitzy step back in time. Enjoy the lobby bar, cozy lounge, and onsite gastropub, or head up to the rooftop terrace for snacks and drinks served from a food truck. All rooms offer extra comfort and style, even the standard units, and have spacious bathrooms.Pros Right on Gran Vía, you'll be close to everything and within walking distance of numerous city sites, like Puerta del Sol, El Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, and the Royal Palace. The decor, ambiance, and service all center around bright colors, including the rooftop terrace with its food truck. In addition to a traditional lobby bar called The Mint Place, the hotel also has a reception bar, meaning you can enjoy a coffee or cocktail as you check in. Some rooms have private terraces or balconies lined with windows overlooking Gran Vía.
This might be Madrid's coolest boutique hotel; a 19th-century mansion converted into a stylish, hip, and eclectic accommodation that feels like a resort with so many eateries and common spaces. The lounge was once the old Padrino book shop, and the property holds on to that cozy past. You'll also find a gluten-free restaurant, tapas bar, and a classy eatery with terraced dining. Rooms are colorful and spacious, some featuring private terraces and libraries. Pros Enjoy the fresh and trendy neighborhood of Chueca while still being able to walk to all the city sites, including Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and El Retiro Park. This renovated 19th-century mansion has won numerous international awards for its design. Each of the four onsite eateries has a slightly different feel and menu, featuring elegant dining rooms, trendy bars, and outdoor terraces. Relax in the lobby lounge, once home to the old Padrino book shop, complete with a bar, sofas, and a fireplace. If you're gluten-free, the hotel even has a restaurant for you, Celicioso, which is quite popular with the locals. There's a Thai massage room on the first floor, a 24-hour gym, and a 24-hour a-la-carte breakfast. The hotel guarantees a 24-hour stay, so you can enjoy your room and the property for 24 hours from the time you check in. Cons Because the hotel's restaurants are so popular with locals and visitors alike, they can feel a little busy at times.
Sleep in the most historic neighborhood in Madrid, the Literary Quarter, where you'll find an endless list of traditional tapas bars and restaurants. Room Mate Alba offers exceptional value, with beautiful rooms, a cozy lobby, and an extensive breakfast buffet, all for a great price. Plus, you'll be within walking distance of nearly everything, including Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and El Retiro Park.Pros This exceptional location is one of the best in the city, as you'll be in the heart of the Literary Quarter and on Calle de las Huertas, a favorite pedestrian street. You can easily walk to the city's main sites, including Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, El Retiro Park, and the Royal Palace. The hotel serves an extensive breakfast buffet from 7:00 am to noon, which is quite a long stretch and unique to hotels in Madrid. Stretch your legs at the 24/7 gym or ask the staff to give you a "favorites" list of places to see, shop, and eat in the area. Relax in the cozy lobby lounge with sofas, large chairs, art, or the inner courtyard garden. Overall, the quality of the accommodation for such an affordable price and excellent location is a big appeal—it's a standard hotel that feels a little luxurious. Cons The hotel doesn't have a restaurant (only a breakfast buffet), though you might not see this as a con since you'll be on one of the best tapas streets in the city.
Enjoy a historical and picturesque location right on Plaza de las Cortes and within walking distance of sites like Neptune Fountain, El Retiro Park, and Puerta del Sol. The hotel serves a varied breakfast buffet in an elegant atmosphere, complete with a chandelier, plus offers a gastro bar with outdoor dining. Some rooms have private sundecks, and family rooms feature two levels. Pros Enjoy a luxury hotel in the center of it all, as you'll be within walking distance of major sites, such as El Retiro Park, Neptune Fountain, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza Mayor. The hotel serves a varied breakfast buffet and has a Mediterranean-inspired gastro bar with a terrace overlooking the parliament and Plaza de las Cortes. Though the hotel doesn't have a pool of its own, guests have access to the outdoor terrace, sun deck, and year-round pool at its sister property, Hotel Urban, two blocks away. Family rooms sleep up to four people and feature a split-level design, plus a private terrace. Suites offer private sun terraces and separate seating areas. Cons You won't find as many amenities here as you might expect from a five-star hotel.
Right on Calle del Arenal (one of Madrid's most popular pedestrian streets) and just down the street from the famous Chocolatería San Ginés, Francisco I Boutique Hotel is stylish and comfy. You'll enjoy breakfast in the inner courtyard but can also sip a cocktail from the lobby lounge or relax in one of the hotel's cozy corners. Rooms are bright and colorful, with decorative nods to the building's historical past.
Enjoy your stay in Salamanca, one of the poshest neighborhoods in Madrid and within walking distance of sites like El Retiro Park, Prado Museum, and Gran Vía. The hotel's spa is beautiful and spacious, with body treatments, a soaking tub, a Finnish spa, and a Hamman. If you like to enjoy your soak outside, visit the outdoor pool area with a bar and sundeck. For food, you have your choice of three themed restaurants, plus two bars, a bakery, Sunday brunch, and picnic baskets for a relaxed afternoon with the locals at Retiro.Pros You'll find Wellington Hotel & Spa in the posh neighborhood of Salamanca, putting you within walking distance to some of Madrid's best eateries, shopping, and the famed El Retiro Park. Take a break from sightseeing by relaxing in the onsite spa, offering treatments like body scrubs, massages, and facials, plus a sauna, pool, and Hammam. With its location in the upscale foodie area of Madrid, you'll find three themed restaurants (Japanese, Basque, and Mediterranean), two bars, a bakery, and an organic garden, all on-site. The hotel hosts an elegant Sunday brunch that locals love. Wellington is one of the few hotels in Madrid with an outdoor pool, complete with a sundeck, loungers, and a bar. Cons For those preferring a more intimate hotel, keep in mind that Wellington is the largest property on our list, with over 200 rooms.
The location of Oriente Palace Apartments (and rooms) across from the Royal Palace influences its decor. Rooms have hardwood floors, chandeliers, wood-beamed ceilings, and period furnishings. Some have views of the Plaza de Oriente and the Palace. Enjoy complimentary breakfast at the restaurant next door. Pros If you want to stay next to the Royal Palace, this accommodation faces the Plaza de Oriente and 19th-century Jardines de Lepanto. Besides easy access to the Palace and Opera House, you'll also be within walking distance of sites like Plaza de España, Gran Vía, and Plaza Mayor. Some rooms have balconies overlooking the gardens, and apartments have kitchens. Your stay includes breakfast served at the property's restaurant, Cafe de Oriente, next door. Cons As a no-frills accommodation, there aren't any common areas to enjoy, such as a lounge or terrace. Though the room rate includes breakfast, it doesn't start until 9:00 am, which might be a little late for those wanting an early start. Some rooms feel outdated, especially in the kitchen area. Top-floor rooms with sloped ceilings might not work for those who are tall.
Stay in the hip Lavapies neighborhood on its main street lined with tapas bars and local shops. Enjoy experiencing a residential area while still being able to walk to many city sites, like El Rastro flea market and El Retiro Park. The rooms are simple, but the value and staff are exceptional. Pros Set in the Lavapies neighborhood, you'll experience a different side of the city, as the district is residential and multicultural with some of the city's best eateries. You'll be within walking distance of sites like the Botanical Gardens, El Retiro Park, El Rastro flea market, the Atocha train station, and the metro. If you're traveling with kids, triple and family rooms are a good choice, with some including bunkbeds. Sleep in a historic building renovated to mimic the local housing style. The hotel is highly rated, with most guests praising the exceptionally attentive staff and value. Cons The hotel serves breakfast, but it's quite simple compared to some other city accommodations. Though the location might be a perk for some, keep in mind that it's a less-touristy area, so you'll have to walk to get to the big sites.
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