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A visit to Madrid means being surrounded by a tableau of opulence. Marvel at the imposing Royal Palace, drool over the luxury threads in Calle de Serrano, and admire the works of Goya or Botticelli in the Prado. And go one step further and book yourself a room in one of these luxury hotels in the Spanish capital.
Opened in 1886, Gran Hotel Inglés is the oldest luxury hotel in the capital. It’s 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 the lounge, this property exudes a warm, cocooning atmosphere. It has an elegant spa, while each room has a claw-foot bathtub; book the suite and soak in a private jacuzzi on a balcony. The distinguished hotel bar, LobByto, offers an authentic tapas and vermouth experience rivalling that of any bar in the city. Round everything off with a bartending class.
This 19th-century palace was created by the same architect that designed Plaza Mayor. And upon arrival, you’ll notice the city history at your feet, with an ancient canal system on display under the glass floor in reception. 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 Michelin-stared La Terraza del Casino restaurant.
VP Plaza Design has a show-stopping pool with a transparent floor as part of a spacious rooftop lounge. And thanks to the prime location in Plaza de España, the in-house 12th-storey Ginkgo Restaurant and Sky Bar offers 360-degree views of the city, from the Palacio Real to the Almudena Cathedral. You can savour the dynamic nightlife of Madrid here, too, enjoying live music over a cocktail or three.
Designed by Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon, this modern hotel combines the bravado of Madrid with a sophisticated globetrotter influence. Stay in one of the elegantly designed rooms, with stylish mid-century furniture and large comfy beds. At the hotel restaurant, Somos, chef Juan Rioja serves Madrid-specific dishes with a twist. If that’s not enough, the Garra Bar brings together local musicians for unforgettable evenings of live music.
Once a neo-classical palace, this hotel has sophisticated and refined decor with hardwood flooring and cool neutral tones throughout. Although the cosy dining room and sleek champagne bar are particularly popular, it’s the modern spa that steals the spotlight here. With a eucalyptus hammam and upscale products, it’s the place to wind down after a day of sightseeing. Try one of the curated experiences, perhaps a seasonally inspired facial or a hot basalt stone massage.
Built in 1908 as a private residence, this impressive property has been careful restored into an elegant 50-room boutique hotel. With original features on display, including arched windows with stained-glass details, wrought-iron staircase railings and a Talavera ceramic fountain, the hotel offers you the chance to stay amid historic surroundings. This remarkable building is now protected by National Heritage status, while the location on the edge of Retiro Park – near the Golden Triangle – also makes it the ideal base from which to explore the world-class museums and galleries nearby.
Katherine Benson contributed additional reporting to this article.