Madrid is a city rich in culture and history | Courtesy The Westin Palace Hotel / Expedia
Madrid is a city rich in culture and history, and therefore it only seems appropriate that the city’s hotels meet the same standard. From 19th-century palaces to sleek, contemporary suites, Madrid has an impressive selection of rooms to suit all travellers and budgets. Discover why you need to book a stay at one of the best hotels in Madrid.
The Westin Palace
Hotel, Boutique Hotel
Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí were known to frequent The Westin Palace | Courtesy The Westin Palace, Madrid / Hotels.com
Commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912, this former palace is one of the city’s most historic landmarks. Nestled in Madrid’s Art Triangle, the Prado, the Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza are within easy walking distance of this luxurious hotel. From deluxe king suites to sophisticated twin rooms, each bedroom exudes old-school glamour and is decorated with opulent antique furniture and plush decor. During the early 20th century, The Westin Palace Hotel became the cultural centre of the city, with a number of famous guests frequenting their 1912 Museo Bar, and was a known favourite with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. After a long day of sightseeing, soak up the bar’s ambience and sip on cocktails next to the cosy fireplace.
Situated in the lively neighbourhood of La Latina, this contemporary hotel is moments away from Madrid’s famous flea market, El Rastro. Surrounded by countless tapas bars and cafés, the location of this hotel will quickly immerse guests in the oldest part of the city. Posada del León de Oro is also ideally located for those wanting to sightsee, as the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and Royal Palace are all within walking distance. Although the hotel sits within a 19th-century building, the bedrooms have been updated with contemporary and fashionable furnishings. Guests travel from far and wide to dine at the hotel’s La Enotaberna restaurant, as it’s famously known to serve the best cocido madrileño stew in the city. It’s served in three parts, so feast on a hearty and traditional pottage of sausages, chickpeas and vegetables.
Opening in 1886, Gran Hotel Inglés is Madrid’s oldest hotel, and has stood as a historic pillar in the heart of the capital for decades. Nestled in the Barrio de las Letras, this luxurious hotel is the gateway into a culturally thriving district that was once home to some of Spain’s most prestigious writers and playwrights, such as Lope de Vega. Inside, you’ll find 1920s charisma with old-school touches, like the cosy fireplace in the library. For dinner, choose between the Mediterranean restaurant Lobo 8, or LobByto, a Modernist-style restaurant that serves traditional Spanish tapas.
This former 19th-century palace was famously designed by the same architect who completed the design of Madrid’s iconic Plaza Mayor, Juan de Villanueva. In 2012, designer Ramón Esteve renovated the hotel in line with his new modern vision, winning the hotel a European Hotel Design Award. Located in Madrid’s literary quarter, in the Plaza del Angel neighbourhood, it’s the perfect location for guests to soak up the city’s rich culture and history. The hotel even features remains of the city’s historic canal system in the foyer. Rooms are modern, sleek and spacious with hardwood floors and neutral, calming tones.
Located on the Gran Vía, Madrid’s most famous avenue, Hyatt Centric Gran Vía Madrid is perfect for visitors who want to be in the heart of the city. With its prime location, it’s easy to enjoy a day of shopping or sightseeing at one of the nearby museums. Set in a beautiful Art Deco building, the hotel merges traditional Spanish influences with modern decor. Although the contemporary bedrooms are located in the busiest part of town, each room is soundproof, so you will be sure to rest easy. A particular highlight is the secret rooftop bar, El Jardín de Diana, which is popular with guests and madrileños because of its spectacular sweeping views over the city.
Neighbouring Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art, Hotel Urban is ideal for guests looking to be within walking distance of the city’s major art galleries. Inspired by its close proximity to the Prado, this boutique hotel has its own impressive collection of Papua New Guinea artworks and artefacts in a museum located in the basement. Rooms, decorated with modern furnishings, wooden floors and East Asian artworks, are comfy and effortlessly stylish. For dining options, Hotel Urban houses its own Michelin-star restaurant CEBO, which serves up delicious Mediterranean dishes.
If you want to stay in the heart of Madrid’s LGBTQ neighbourhood, Only YOU in Chueca is the ideal spot to get thrown into the hustle and bustle of the city. Set in a 19th-century mansion, this boutique hotel has won multiple design awards for its stylish and chic decor. With comfortable and modern bedrooms, this hotel is more than just a place to rest your head after a long day of sightseeing. Try their book bar El Padrino (‘the godfather’), for tapas and wine, while losing yourself in their extensive collection of books and literary classics.