Best Madrid Hotels: Vibrant and Diverse
AC Santo Mauro
More a luxury residence than a hotel (it’s the former home of the Duke of Santo Mauro), this hideaway is just out of earshot from the hustle and bustle of downtown Madrid. It’s nestled in the quiet and elegant Chamberi district where gorgeous 19thC mansions leave architectural buffs spinning. Rooms are dressed in parquet floors, iconic furnishings, complimentary mini-bars, and artful lighting.
A renovated 19thC townhouse located in the picturesque Plaza de la Independencia, it’s right next to the Parque del Retiro, and so close to Chocolatería San Ginés, you have no choice but to try a cup of Spanish hot chocolate. From your floor-to-ceiling windows, enjoy spectacular views of the city, and take advantage of the deep soaker tubs complete with Korres bath products.
Hotel Villa Magna
Classic lines and contemporary service – Hotel Villa Magna is the tasteful, grounded choice for jet-setters in need of solitude while stopping over in Spain’s boisterous capital city. Neighbors with the King of Spain, and central to everything that matters, this hotel is Madrid’s flagship boutique hotel on its flagship boulevard.
AC Palacio del Retiro
A National Heritage building perfectly situated in the historic center of Madrid. Its 20thC architecture is fused with contemporary furnishings and ultra-modern artwork creating a style that contrasts old and new. Outside the hotel, Retiro Park offers lush green views, and steps away Madrid’s famous museums line the street.
Hotel Ritz Madrid
Originally built to house guests of King Alphonso XIII, this Baroque palace was designed with splendour suitable for a 20thC king. In fact, the hotel is so decadent it’s worth a visit, even if you’re not staying the night. Relish in the lavishness and admire the Baroque fixtures, keeping in mind that this luxury decor was intended to provide aristocratic guests a taste of home.
Gran Meliá Fénix
Promising a flawless stay amongst stunning Spanish interiors, this hotel is a sure bet. Rooms and suites are furnished in classic European style that is elegant and intimate, while charming and faultless service anticipates your every need. Find the best shopping districts in Spain just 3 minutes away, and world famous museums a 10 minute walk.
In favour of clean lines, all rooms at this chic hotel are minimalist design, tranquil and soothing. However, this simplicity is not for lack of visual delights. Imagine a pinch of Versaille, a touch of Gaudí, a drizzling of SoHo and a handful of ancient Egypt. Yes, this hotel does have an in-house exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts.
The Westin Palace Madrid
While this hotel features a stained-glass dome that is a masterpiece in itself, be sure to check out The Prado, Thyssen, and Reina Sofia museums that are nearby, along with some of the best tapas restaurants in town. Mind you, reveling in your “Westin Heavenly Bed” or the Royal Suite’s built-in Bang & Olufsen sound system isn’t a bad idea either.