Madrid is a deeply cultural city; it has some of the best art museums in the world, a rich heritage, a great culinary tradition and many cool aspects to be explored. Visiting one of the hotels listed below will provide another layer to the multicultural experience that is available in this beautiful, Spanish city.
Hotel Hesperia is a five star hotel on Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana, one of the most elegant and sought-after streets in the city. The rooms here are stylish and sophisticated, with Art Deco-inspired design for a modern feel, but what is most remarkable about this hotel is its restaurant, Santceloni. It is one of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, holding two stars, and it serves delicious Spanish cuisine with a modern twist. The hotel also has a sushi bar, a Scotch bar with over 70 types of whisky and a second Spanish-inspired restaurant.
Also located in central Madrid, this establishment is 200 meters away from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Gallery, and the Puerta del Sol, two of Madrid’s must-see attractions. The hotel is beautifully designed, and has incredible facilities such as a gym, steam bath, rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and cocktail bar as well as three restaurants. However, what makes this hotel unique is the fact that it houses the Egyptian Museum and a permanent collection of objects that come all the way from Papua New Guinea – perfect for history and culture buffs.
The Hotel de las Letras, located in the Gran Via area, houses some of the best restaurants in the area, all of which showcase a sophisticated interpretation of Spanish cuisine with Asian influences that will delight visitors’ taste buds. Apart from the excellent dining options, the hotel also has a great bar, but what truly stands out about the hotel is its unique literary theme. The rooms here are decorated with verses from some of Spain’s most important literary figures amongst others, and the hotel even has its own library.
This luxury hotel is close to the Spanish capital’s cultural highlights, but that was not enough for the owner, who decided that the hotel needed its own fine art collection. The selections of works includes Roman mosaics and Greek ceramics from thousands of years ago. The rooms are modern and elegant, decorated in wood and marble to create a relaxing atmosphere. The hotel’s atmospheric East 47 restaurant is also a great place to go for lunch or dinner, as it serves some great tapas.
In the classy Salamanca district, where all the top designers have their elegant boutiques, is the Relais & Châteaux Orfila Hotel, which is located inside a stunning 19th-century palace. The hotel has an elegant tea room and restaurant, El Jardin de Orfila, which serves different traditional Spanish recipes, allowing travelers to become accustomed to the country’s great cuisine. Its central location means that the Prado and Reina Sofia Museums, two of the main attractions in the city, can be reached within minutes. The rooms are elegantly decorated with antique furniture, so clients will be able to experience what it was like to live in a Spanish aristocratic home.
Hotel Unico, a five-star hotel, is located on Madrid’s Golden Mile in a beautiful 19th century building. The hotel’s most famous amenity is the 2 Michelin star restaurant, Ramon Freixa Madrid, which looks onto the beautiful indoor courtyard. The restaurant has an innovative yet sophisticated approach to Spanish cuisine, creating amazing food combinations that can be enjoyed in one of the city’s most tranquil and relaxing settings. The hotel also has a modern gym, a wellness center and spacious salons where visitors can relax after shopping in the Salamanca area.
Hotel Lope de Vega is also a thematic hotel, and here the focus is obviously on the famous Spanish writer Lope de Vega, as well as a couple of other Golden Age writers. It was opened in 2000 and counts 57 rooms, all of which have beautiful inscriptions that are taken from some of the most famous novels in Spanish literature, and which all together form an exclusive collection of art. The hotel also offers a library, café, bar and a garage where visitors will be able to park their car.
Although it is not located in the city center, this hotel is a must for those on the lookout for something unique, and it is pretty close to the upscale shopping areas around Serrano and Goya. Movie buffs will absolutely love this hotel, since each room is inspired by a specific classic or modern movie. There are 85 rooms each with a different design, and they are the work of urban artists and international illustrators. The hotel first opened its doors in 2010, so all its amenities are completely updated.
Casa de Madrid is another cultural gem in Spain’s capital. Located on the second floor of an 18th-century palazzo in the center of the city, this hotel only counts seven rooms. The close proximity to the city’s Royal Theatre means that this is where many of the country’s artists choose to stay when they are performing. Travelers will therefore not only be able to admire the classic décor in the rooms, the paintings of iconic Spanish figures and the beautiful architecture, but they might even be able to discuss art with renowned performers that are lodging here too.
Slightly out of the way but nevertheless well connected to the city center by a metro line, Hotel Puerta de América is a fabulous boutique hotel. It is one of the most unique and exciting sleeping options available in the city: this five-star hotel has 12 floors, each of which has been designed by a different avant-garde artist, creating unique spaces that vary from bright red plastic walls to black marble or wooden floors.