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A vibrant, cosmopolitan capital, Madrid's old-world charm and hospitality blend beautifully with the open-all-hours nightlife. Madrilenos have always stayed up late eating and making merry, so this city really knows how to get the most out of life. Architecture is also high on the list of priorities here, and the city is home to grand and graceful buildings, many of which have now been converted into some of the best places to stay in Madrid.

Food and art are among Madrid's great passions. For centuries local artists were supported by Madrid's elite and the reward is three of the world's best art galleries, housing both local and international art superstars. The food comes later in the day, and nowhere is proof of Madrid's ability to embrace the new, while treasuring traditions, more obvious.

While beautiful, lively Madrid draws people from all over the world, this is still a very Spanish feeling city. When you're out in the evening it feels as if you're amongst friends and locals, sharing everything from tapas in a tiny bar to a multiple Michelin-starred culinary masterpiece.

Even if you don't consider yourself that interested in art it's impossible not to be awed by what the Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza have on offer. But those museums are really just low hanging fruit when it comes to art in Madrid - per capita there are probably more bars and art museums in Madrid than anywhere else on the planet.

Like London, Madrid also has a lot of green space, and this makes this a very pleasant city to stroll around.

Madrid's compact centre has hundreds of accommodation possibilities. The best places to stay in Madrid range from five-star magnificence to simple, clean guesthouses called hostales or pensiones, tucked away on narrow streets lined with balconies and anonymous laundry.

And many are just an olive-stone's throw away from the highlights: the Prado, the Reina Sofia, the Thyssen, the Gran Via and the leafy escapism of the Retiro. Allowing you to really live Madrid's open-all-hours lifestyle to the fullest.

Best Places to Stay in Madrid

Madrid's Hippest Hotels

If you feel the need to be with the "in crowd", here's our pick of the best places to stay in Madrid:

  • ME Madrid Reina Victoria was once a hotel for bullfighters. It now houses minimalist white rooms and a great restaurant, and is topped by a rooftop bar with decking and pagodas for lounging.
  • For the shopping and nightlife of Chueca you want Room Mate Oscar. The individually designed rooms are everything but dull - do you prefer wide-awake orange or vivid lime green?
  • If you want to mix with the beautiful people whilst sipping your cocktails try the Hotel Urban. The rooftop plunge pool is an added bonus.

For Luxury

  • Hotel Villa Magna is superbly located and has opulent interiors and a top floor suite (more like a penthouse) to die for, with private terrace, grand piano and butler service.
  • As well as lovely views over the Parque del Retiro, Hospes Madrid oozes style and refinement. Its Bodyna Spa has a Turkish bath and small indoor pool. Plus they'll lend you a bike for free so you can tour the city with ease.
  • AC Santo Mauro was formerly a Duke's palace, but now the contemporary interiors blend effortlessly with the original French architecture. And a superb spa plus excellent restaurant complete the picture.

Madrid's Best Small Hotels

As with many cities, many of the best places to stay in Madrid can be found in the smaller hotels, where they have more time to attend to your every whim!

  • Casa de Madrid is a boutique luxury residence with only six rooms - the perfect romantic retreat featuring antique filled spaces and romanesque style murals
  • The Posada del Leon de Oro is an elegantly converted townhouse with modern rooms and family suites. The restaurant is tradition and excellent.
  • Hotel Abalu's fifteen bedrooms would suit business travellers as well as city break-ers. Each room boasts its own Mac and projector and has been individually designed - though some of the interiors might not be to everyone's taste.

For great value

It is still possible to find a good, cheap hotel in a central location. Here's our pick of the best places to stay in Madrid if you're looking for style on a budget:

  • The Mayerling offers understated, modern accommodation, just 15 minutes from the main attractions. Double rooms start from only £68 per night!
  • Artip is a contemporary hotel bang in the heart of Madrid's cultural district. Doubles here start from as little as £75 per night.
  • One Shot 23 is a design hotel with art featuring in every room and public space. Centrally located too, it's perfect for a city break on a budget, with doubles from £75 per night.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Madrid, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • Posada de Esquiladores

    Madrid (San Esteban del Valle)

    A chic boutique hotel set in a valley surrounded by mountains. Lovely rooms have pastel decoration, attractive furnishings and magnificent views from balconies. Fabulous spa on the roof top, cosy log fires, and regional cuisine. Perfect for mountain activities and spa rejuvenation.

    12 rooms
    Total relaxation  -  Spa therapies, cosy log fires, delicious wholesome food, mountain air.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hotel Mayerling


    Understatedly modern and excellent value. A townhouse come contemporary hotel with large light filled rooms and a relaxed help yourself breakfast area. The perfect spot for a no fuss weekend in Madrid, 15 minutes from all the attractions.

    22 rooms from $87
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Minutes from the Plaza Mayor
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Room Mate Mario


    A modern and quirky hotel with cutting-edge designs in downtown Madrid. Bold colours bounce off white-washed walls with illusionist effect. Minutes from the opera house and the Royal Palace. A young and hip destination.

    54 rooms from $90
    Retro/Vintage  -  Pop-art style.
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Hotel Abalu


    This is a quirky boutique renovation well suited to visitors on business. Each individually decorated room/suite comes equipped with a Mac computer and projector. Relax after a meeting with a plunge in the in-room jacuzzi or order a spa treatment.

    15 rooms from $96
    Business meetings
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
  • One Shot 23


    Sleek contemporary chic hotel. A pretty townhouse with sunny rooms and suites. White washed walls, splashes of colour, light wooden floors, and all the mod cons. A stylish choice close to all the attractions.

    42 rooms from $100
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Located in Madrid's famous "Art Triangle"
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Room Mate Alicia


    A chic and contemporary hotel in central Madrid. Ceiling to floor windows light up avant-garde designs and flood the rooms with the life of the Plaza de Santa. A great place to stay for families or an elegant city break from which to soak up the energy of the area.

    31 rooms from $100
    Families  -  Close to museums, galleries, and child friendly amusements.
    Family  -  Free for under 12s.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Frommers
  • Artrip Hotel


    A bright and sunny contemporary hotel in Madrid's cultural quarter. All white rooms and splashes of colourful artworks in living areas. A stylish and great value spot in a lovely part of the city.

    17 rooms from $101
    Sights nearby  -  10 minutes stroll from Madrid's Art Triangle
    Local markets  -  Rastro opem air market every Sunday
  • Hotel Petit Palace Art Gallery


    A stunning hotel. A large palatial townhouse with contemporary designer interiors, excellent restaurant, and plenty of meeting facilities. Hi-tech rooms and suites all individually decorated have sleek furnishings and laptops. A stylish spot for business travellers.

    61 rooms from $118
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the Serrano neighbourhood, just moments from the Paseo del Prado
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Hotel Meninas


    This hotel is set in Madrid's epicentre, at the foot of the Palacio Real. It effortlessly manages to provide facilities that enhance the wellbeing of romantics, business visitors, and families alike. Personal shoppers, city guides, authentic massages, celestial views, top notch business facilities.

    37 rooms from $110
    Sights nearby  -  Set at the foot of the Palacio Real.
    Massage  -  By a professional from South Asia.
    Views  -  From the top floor gym and sauna.
    Concierge  -  24 hour, and personal guide.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers
  • Hotel Opera


    This hotel is not just a very convenient spot from which to explore Madrid or, indeed, the opera house. Its contemporary interiors and stunning views provide an oasis of comfort and relaxation after a hard day sightseeing or after a night dancing nearby.

    79 rooms from $132
    Downtown  -  Prime location in the centre of Madrid.
    Private dining room  -  Six function rooms for private events.
    Close to nightlife
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers
  • Posada del Leon de Oro


    A stunning townhouse renovated in contemporary style. Elegant modern rooms and family suites have stand alone bath tubs, sophisticated furnishings and all the mod cons. An excellent traditional restaurant. Stylish and family friendly.

    17 rooms from $133
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  In the heart of the city close to the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and the Art Triangle
    Private Hot Tub  -  Jacuzzi bath tubs in the Buhurdilla rooms
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Casa de Madrid


    A boutique luxury residence that offers a unique and romantic experience. Each room is individually decorated and adorned with beautiful antiques. Geometrically stencilled walls, Romanesque murals, Greek urns.

    6 rooms from $135
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers
  • Totem

    Madrid (23)

    A central hotel offering modern comfort to its discerning guests. A stylish hotel in the fashion district of Madrid, with wood panel finishes, contemporary furnishings and sleek design. The chic cocktail bar and restaurant comes alive each evening. Eclectic and glamorous.

    64 rooms from $153
    City Style  -  A stylish and contemporary hotel in the heart of Madrid's Salamanca neighbourhood, offering a trendy bar and bright airy suites.
    Local exploring  -  Situated in the Salamanca District, moments away from the vibrant streets of Goya or Serrano
    Sights nearby  -  Plaza de Colón, Puerta de Alcalá and Parque del Retiro cannot be missed.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
  • Hotel Silken Puerta America


    A stunning contemporary hotel crafted by award-winning architects and designers. An architectural feat with individually modern rooms and suites, fantastic restaurant and bar, spa, and business centre. Slightly off centre, but a museum in itself. Super sleek.

    315 rooms from $163
    Architectural  -  Avant garde design by world famous architects including Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Hesperia Madrid


    A smart sophisticated Five Star hotel with Michelin Star restaurants. Rooms and suites range from large to super large to Presidential. Elegant furnishings, all the mod cons, private balconies, some have hot tubs. Fantastic food, business centre, and gym. Very sleek.

    171 rooms from $186
    Foodies  -  Three fantastic restaurants; Santceloni has two Michelin stars.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Tablet
  • Hotel Villa Real


    This hotel is centrally located within minutes from all the main attractions. Traditional facades are complimented by contemporary comforts - rich leather furnishings and Roman mosaics. A classic and comfortable destination for a city break or business event.

    96 rooms from $168
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Hotel Urban


    A fashionable delight of Art Deco style and avant-garde architecture - steel, glass, wood, leather and lots of natural light. Sumptuous food and wine at the restaurant, great cocktails at the lively Glass Bar, and roof top plunge pool to escape the heat. A very slick city spot.

    100 rooms from $178
    City Style  -  A thoroughly contemporary art deco hotel and art gallery, packed with artefacts, in one of Madrid's trendiest areas.
    Sights nearby  -  In the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle formed by the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Fundación Reina Sofia.
    Swimming Pool  -  Small outdoor pool
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Room Mate Óscar


    A lively hotel in avant-garde design in the shopping and nightlife mecca. Individually designed rooms vary from wide-awake orange, vivid lime green, or chessboard black and white. A sleek city destination.

    74 rooms from $201
    City Style  -  A unique and cosmopolitan central hotel, which draws a lively crowd to it's uber modern and chic suites.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the nearby Puerta del Sol, always a-wash with people of every kind.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Frommers
  • Hotel Único Madrid


    A 19th century palace renovated with elegance and style. Its stately staircase, modern mosaics, and inner garden courtyard give the impression of an aristocratic private residence. Meanwhile, its facilities and Michelin-starred restaurant provide an urban oasis for city explorers.

    44 rooms from $202
    Restaurant  -  2 Michelin stars.
    Good wine list  -  Exceptional cellar.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Vincci SoMa


    Modern elegance and restful comfort in this large hotel. Fresh modern rooms in whites and reds boast spectacular teak wood terraces with impressive views over Madrid. Enjoy breakfast in the colourful restaurant before heading out sightseeing. Vibrant.

    177 rooms from $208
    City Style  -  A trendy hotel in central Madrid with sleek modern design, colourful suites with contemporary art and vibrant lobby bar.
    Great walks  -  In striking distance of the beautiful Retiro Park, an ideal spot for a breath of fresh air after a long days sightseeing.
    Sights nearby  -  Near to the bustling square of Puerta del Sol, a meeting point of throngs of people.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hotel Urso


    This recently restored palatial hotel, located in the elegant Alonso Martínez area offers guests an exciting 'pop-up' restaurant that changes each month and a lively bar, perfect for an evening tipple. Rooms have large windows, are comfortable and spacious. A great location.

    78 rooms from $223
    Restaurant  -  The hotel offers an ever changing restaurant, with a new "pop-up" appearing every month.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Palacio de Cristal in Buen Retiro Park
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • ME Madrid Reina Victoria


    Crisp, white and cool without being too bare - minimalism at its friendliest. Fantastic restaurant with a great wine list and hip crowd. The roof top bar is great for lounging at and taking in the views. City style for those with indulgent palates.

    192 rooms from $228
    City Style  -  Somehow at once both hip and timeless, this sleek modern update on a classic building oozes style from every pore.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Private Hot Tub
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Hotel Orfila


    A small, but opulent palace with artworks, antiques, and traditional architecture in place. Sumptuous rooms and suites with lots of open space, creamy furnishings and attractive period decoration. Excellent restaurant, terrace and garden. Grand, but not pretentious.

    32 rooms from $236
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Prado Museum, Sofia Reina Museum and Madrid's "Golden Mile"
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller
  • Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via


    The writing is on the wall at this cool location, literally. Contemporary but still classically elegant - vivid reds, ochres, chic whites, and quips from literary figures. Great roof terrace with views and mouth-watering Japanese food at the restaurant.

    109 rooms from $241
    City Style  -  Ornate classic façade of arched windows, wrought-iron balconies and a corner tower meets bold modern interiors to great effect.
    Local exploring  -  At the beginning of the Gran Vía, in one of Madrid's hippest neighbourhoods, walking distance to major sights and trendy bars.
    Local markets  -  Check out El Rastro's Sunday Flea Market, a treasure trove for antique hunters and collectors.
    Great walks  -  Head to Retiro Park, a green oasis with sweeping lawns, waterfalls and a boating lake.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers
  • Vincci Soho


    An impressively modern four-star hotel in a historic building. Spacious rooms with sleek furnishings and mood lighting. Lovely outdoor terrace and garden, lively bar, and good business facilities. Ideal for a stylish city break.

    169 rooms from $296
    Local exploring  -  Right in the centre of Madrid, a great basse from which to explore this historic city on foot.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the beautiful Los Jardínes del Buen Retiro.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Catedral de La Almudena or the Royal Palace.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
  • Hospes Madrid


    This hotel provides a masterclass in quiet refinement. Beautiful rooms that ooze elegance and calm - whites, greys, beams, and views of the park. Delicious food and a spa to relax in after seeing the sights around the corner. Ideal for a stylish city break.

    41 rooms from $297
    City Style  -  Chic modern design in a 19th-century townhouse- muted tones, oversized woodern doors & city views from floor to ceiling windows.
    Local exploring  -  Right in the beating heart of Madrid, beside the Puerta de Alcalá and on the northwest corner of Retiro Park.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the lovely Retiro Park, just on your doorstep.
    Sights nearby  -  La Reina Sofia and Cybeles Fountain are within a short walk.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Hotel Ritz Madrid


    An exclusive luxury palace located in the heart of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’. The interiors ooze classical elegance - antique furniture, embroidered sheets, exclusive hand-woven rugs and marble bathrooms. A lively and sophisticated spot. Unparalleled service makes this a truly spoiling stay.

    162 rooms from $321
    City Style  -  A Baroque palace attracting only the best dressed, and most glamourous guests to its sumptuous suites and chandeliered ballroom.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the medieval square of Plaza Mayor, just a few minutes walk from this central hotel.
    Great walks  -  Walk through the nearby royal Retiro Park, an oasis of calm in this hectic city.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Hotel Villa Magna


    A former residence of Spanish counts and countesses renovated to perfection in central Madrid. The suites, or rather penthouses, are the piece de resistance - open air terraces, grand pianos, kitchens, and private butler. A destination for weddings, honeymoons, business visitors, or city explorers.

    145 rooms from $325
    Suites  -  Including Honeymoon suite, and outstanding Presidential suite with terrace, kitchen, grand piano, butler.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • AC Santo Mauro


    A former palace that combines homely charm with subtle decadence. Super king size beds to match the palatial interiors - enormous reception rooms with charming broderie anglaise furnishings. A fantastic basement spa and lovely library-restaurant. Ideal for a stylish break.

    51 rooms from $328
    City Style  -  This neoclassical mansion oozes understated elegance and sophisticated style from its designer furnishing to its parquet floors.
    Total relaxation  -  Away from the crowds, the vibe here is uber relaxed- lounge by the pool, steam in the sauna and drink in the garden.
    Great walks  -  Wander around the neighbourhood where the Spanish nobility established their residences at the turn of the 20th century.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • AC Palacio del Retiro


    Muted luxury and glossy modernist surroundings in this palatial building. Large white bedrooms with lots of natural light and rich furnishings - some with Pop Art murals. Scrumptious modern-Mediterranean food, underground spa, and excellent service with a ratio of one member of staff per room.

    50 rooms from $328
    City Style  -  Mauméjean stained glass, Julio Romero frescoes, and pink sculptures of alien monkeys all thrown together with undeniable style.
    Romantic Break  -  Palatial suites overlooking Retiro Park, parquet flooring, huge beds, pampering spa, and unbeatable service- a spoiling treat!
    Great walks  -  Head out of this central hotel and you'll immediately hit the lovely Retiro Park, perfect for a morning stroll.
    Sights nearby  -  The Neo-classical monument Puerta de Alcalá is in close proximity.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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