A visit to Madrid means being surrounded by a stunning tableau of living history. And while you experience the city’s cultural heritage, from its cornucopia of world-class art galleries to its imposing royal palace and grand squares, you can also indulge in a five-star stay. Take your pick from these luxurious hotels.
Gran Hotel Inglés
Gran Hotel Inglés is the capital’s oldest hotel | Courtesy of Gran Hotel Inglés / Hotels.com
Opening in 1886, Gran Hotel Inglés is the capital’s oldest hotel. This magnificent establishment is tucked away in the literary neighbourhood of Las Letras, and proudly stays true to its Madrid roots. Outfitted with a stylish library and a welcoming fireplace in its lounge, this property exudes a warm, cocooning atmosphere. It has an elegant spa, while each room is adorned with an old-school claw-foot bathtub. Book the suite and soak in a private Jacuzzi on its balcony. The hotel’s distinguished bar, LobByto, offers an authentic tapas and vermouth experience rivalling that of any bar in the city. Round everything off with a bartending class, where you’ll learn to perfect your cocktail-making skills.
Winner of the European Hotel Design Award thanks to Ramón Esteve’s stylish yet sensitive 2012 restoration, this 19th-century palace was originally created by the same architect that designed the city’s bustling Plaza Mayor. On arrival, you’ll notice that the city’s history is laid at your feet, with its ancient canal system on display under the reception area’s glass floor. This boutique hotel is nestled in the Plaza del Ángel neighbourhood, which gives visitors an authentic taste of the city. Rooms are spacious and modern, and filled with plenty of natural light. The hotel is also just a five-minute walk to the Puerta del Sol, and a short stroll to the renowned Michelin-star La Terraza del Casino restaurant.
As the flagship hotel of the VP Hoteles chain, VP Plaza Design’s cosmopolitan and contemporary interior has been exquisitely designed by Studio Gronda. It boasts a showstopping transparent-floored pool as part of its spacious rooftop lounge. Thanks to the hotel’s prime location in Plaza de España, its 12th-storey Ginkgo Restaurant and Sky Bar offers sweeping 360-degree views of the city, from the Palacio Real to the Almudena Cathedral. You can savour Madrid’s dynamic nightlife here, enjoying live music over a cocktail or two. Since VP Plaza Design’s grand opening in 2018, Ginkgo has become the go-to place for a sophisticated happy-hour drink.
Designed by the world-renowned Jaime Hayon, this modern hotel combines Madrid-style bravado with a sophisticated globetrotter influence. A host of ample windows on the main floor offer stunning panoramic views of Gran Vía, the city’s main artery. Stay in one of the elegantly designed rooms, complete with stylish Mid-Century furniture and large comfy beds. At the hotel’s Somos restaurant, chef Rubén Vásquez serves Madrid-specific dishes with a twist. If that’s not enough, Noches Gatas (meaning ‘cat nights’) takes place in the Garra Bar, bringing together local musicians for an unforgettable evening of live music.
Set in a Neoclassical building, the design of this hotel charmingly recalls its days as a palace. From the luxurious double rooms to the deluxe suites, the decor is sophisticated and refined, with hardwood flooring and cool neutral tones throughout. Although the hotel’s cosy dining room and sleek champagne bar are particularly popular with guests, it’s the modern spa that steals the spotlight. Complete with a eucalyptus hammam and top-shelf products from Natura Bissé and Sisley Paris, the spa is the perfect place to wind down after a day of sightseeing. Try one of the curated experiences to make your stay even more memorable; indulge in a seasonally inspired facial treatment or a blissful massage using hot basalt stones.
Once a 19th-century palace, this superb hotel set within the Madrid de los Austrias neighbourhood now offers guests a decadent taste of the aristocratic lifestyle. Here, you will find a stunning 1,000-square-metre garden in the heart of Madrid, which provides an oasis away from the hustle and bustle. The rooftop terrace with bar and pool offers spectacular views over the Palacio Real. Soak up the property’s rich history surrounded by its unique architectural details, from the Isabelline Gothic exterior to the Velázquez-inspired interior design. The stables are now home to the Dos Cielos Madrid restaurant, where the Hermanos Torres (Torres brothers), honoured with two Michelin stars, ply their culinary magic.
Built in 1908 as a private residence for a wealthy businessman, it was only in 1975 that this property was acquired by the Marriott International chain. After two years of careful and painstaking restoration, this elegant 50-room boutique hotel was opened to the public. With a plethora of original features on display, including arched windows with stained-glass details, wrought-iron staircase railings and a Talavera ceramic fountain, the hotel offers its guests the chance to stay amid historic surroundings. This remarkable building is now fully protected, as it has been granted National Heritage status. Its unbeatable location on the edge of Retiro Park – in the Golden Triangle – also makes the hotel the ideal base from which to explore Madrid’s world-class museums and galleries nearby.