The very name of The Ritz conjures up images of old-world romance and class, and staying at the Ritz Madrid, you will be treated to the finest things in life, from its beautiful rooms with antique touches to its exquisite restaurant and British afternoon tea. On warmer days, you can enjoy some tapas and drinks on the hotel’s terrace. Don’t miss the hotel’s Krug Bar; what drink is more romantic than a glass of chilled champagne? Rooms cost from €280 a night.
You can’t miss the ME Reina Victoria hotel, sitting as it does above Plaza Santa Ana, one of Madrid’s most popular squares, full of terraces and tapas. The ME is sleek and modern, with a host of luxurious design features and extras. Opt for one of the hotel’s Mode rooms for stunning views across the city, and special lights that allow guests to control the intensity and colour of their lighting. Don’t miss a drink on the its roof terrace, The Roof, one of the city’s best rooftop bars, or a massage in the Metropolitan spa; from €169 a night.
La Posada del Dragón is located in one of Madrid’s oldest and most emblematic neighbourhoods, La Latina, and started life as a coaching inn. It is named after the mythical dragon that supposedly guarded the area, and hides an usual feature – parts of Madrid’s 12th-century city walls run straight through the hotel and have been preserved. Rooms are bright and come with everything you need for a romantic break, including a minibar (ideal for storing a chilled bottle of cava). Rooms start at €79 a night.
This charming four-star hotel is set on Madrid’s Grand Vía, the central boulevard that is home to shops, cocktail bars and some of the city’s best nightlife. The Mint is a cutting-edge hotel that does away with stuffy details like a reception desk; instead, guests check in at the bar and are presented with a welcome cocktail – don’t mind if we do. Rooms are contemporary and stylish, with surprising design flourishes. The unusual design details continue on the rooftop bar, where the bar is actually a converted food truck. Rooms cost from €160 a night.
This luxurious hotel is located close to Chueca and Malasaña, two of Madrid’s coolest barrios and the centre of some of the city’s best nightlife. It takes interior design to the next level: every space is a feast for the eyes, from the little details in its stylish rooms to its stunning lobby and YOUnique restaurant. Rooms combine 19th-century architecture and original details with contemporary design. Every Thursday, the hotel offers guests the chance to enjoy a picnic designed by its chef, Carlos Martín, a romantic touch that could leave you coming back for more. Rooms cost from €170 a night.
The five-star Barceló Emperatriz is located in a 19th-century palace and the entire hotel is inspired by royalty, specifically the Empress Eugenia de Montijo. The hotel is in the upmarket Salamanca district, home to Madrid’s designer shops, gourmet restaurants and the picturesque Retiro Park, the ideal place for a romantic stroll. All rooms are equipped with their own mini-media hubs, as well as rainfall showers and a pillow menu. Rooms cost from €135 a night.
The Spanish Room Mate hotel chain names each of their hotels after a different person, whose personality they think matches that of the hotel. Room Mate Alicia, on the beautiful Plaza Santa Ana, would be a sophisticated Madrileña who loves culture, cuisine and exploring her wonderful city. This industrial 20th-century building has been expertly converted into a bright and modern space. Rooms are light and stylish and there are a range of options, from doubles to the duplex suite that comes with its own terrace and plunge pool. Rooms start at €116 a night.
History and tradition collide at the Westin Palace, which, back when it was called the Palace Hotel, was such a favourite of Ernest Hemingway that he set a scene in The Sun Also Rises in the hotel. It is located opposite Spain’s parliament, and close to Madrid’s Golden Triangle of art galleries. Don’t miss La Rotonda restaurant, which sits under a gigantic stained-glass dome. Opera fans shouldn’t miss the restaurant’s ‘Opera and Brunch’, held every Sunday. Rooms start at €254 a night.
This literary-themed hotel is an ideal accommodation option for those who want to dive into the world of books and Madrid’s famed literary history. The walls of its rooms feature famous literary quotes and the hotel has a well-stocked library where you can relax after a long day of sightseeing. Rooms are modern and stylish, and options including a strawberries and cava package so that you can begin your romantic getaway straight away. Rooms cost from €74 a night.
The five-star Hotel Urban is located right in the heart of Madrid, close to Puerta del Sol and just opposite Spain’s parliament building. Inside, the style is heavily inspired by Art Deco, and the Glass Bar, complete with its huge crystal chandelier, makes for a dramatic entrance into the hotel and a romantic spot for a welcome cocktail. The hotel’s rooftop is a stunning setting for a dip in its pool, or a nighttime drink while gazing out over the city’s rooftops. Rooms start at €300 a night.