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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.
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.
- 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.
Best Hotels in Madrid
Posada de Esquiladores 12 roomsMadrid (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.Total relaxation - Spa therapies, cosy log fires, delicious wholesome food, mountain air.Views - Great views from hotelSpaGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
Hotel Mayerling 22 rooms from $89Madrid
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.Value chicSights nearby - Minutes from the Plaza MayorLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Room Mate Mario 54 rooms from $91Madrid
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.Retro/Vintage - Pop-art style.City StyleCityContemporaryRecommended by - I Escape
Hotel Abalu 15 rooms from $98Madrid
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.Business meetingsContemporaryCity StyleCityRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet
Room Mate Alicia 31 rooms from $102Madrid
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.Families - Close to museums, galleries, and child friendly amusements.Family - Free for under 12s.ElegantContemporaryRecommended by - I Escape, Fodors, Frommers
Artrip Hotel 17 rooms from $103Madrid
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.Sights nearby - 10 minutes stroll from Madrid's Art TriangleLocal markets - Rastro opem air market every Sunday
Hotel Petit Palace Art Gallery 61 rooms from $120Madrid
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.City StyleSights nearby - Situated in the Serrano neighbourhood, just moments from the Paseo del PradoDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Local markets - Good for local colour.
One Shot Prado 23 42 rooms from $109Madrid
Right in the middle of Madrid, in a building with Spanish architecture, there are modern rooms with sleek and functional design. Some rooms come with a balcony or terrace. Ideal for young couples, business or leisure travellers. Chic, affordable and comfortable.City Style - Rooms are equipped with all modern amenities like a a TV, safe, minibar and a dressing areaValue chic - Its comfortable and not so pricey. Good value for moneyLocal exploring - Superb location, right in the heart of the cityLocal markets - Close by local markets and shops as well
Hotel Meninas 37 rooms from $112Madrid
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.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
Room Mate Laura 36 rooms from $134Madrid (3)
A super stylish, centrally located hotel in Madrid. Its modern, spacious rooms are decorated with royal themed pop art and well fitted bathrooms. Right in the heart of the city, it's perfect for accessing Madrid's famous sights, with the Palacio Real de Madrid just around the corner.City Style - A young and fun hotel oozing style from the bright pop-art interiors by Tomás Alía, in a trendy and central area of Madrid.Cooking classes - Visit Platea Madrid, a food hall with amazing restaurants, live music and cooking workshops.Local markets - Head out the front door and explore the local markets of Madrid.Sights nearby - Two minutes walk from the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales.Recommended by - I Escape
Hotel Opera 79 rooms from $135Madrid
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.Downtown - Prime location in the centre of Madrid.Private dining room - Six function rooms for private events.ContemporaryClose to nightlifeRecommended by - Tablet, Frommers
Posada del Leon de Oro 17 rooms from $136Madrid
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.City StyleSights nearby - In the heart of the city close to the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and the Art TrianglePrivate Hot Tub - Jacuzzi bath tubs in the Buhurdilla roomsLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Casa de Madrid 6 rooms from $137Madrid
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.ElegantIntimateLuxuryCharmingRecommended by - I Escape, Frommers
Totem 64 rooms from $155Madrid (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.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 SerranoSights nearby - Plaza de Colón, Puerta de Alcalá and Parque del Retiro cannot be missed.Lively - Hip and happening.
Hotel Silken Puerta America 315 rooms from $166Madrid
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.Architectural - Avant garde design by world famous architects including Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Zaha HadidLuxuryCity StyleSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Hesperia Madrid 171 rooms from $189Madrid
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.Foodies - Three fantastic restaurants; Santceloni has two Michelin stars.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.City StyleLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - CN Traveller, Tablet
Hotel Villa Real 96 rooms from $171Madrid
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.ElegantTraditionalDowntownCityRecommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel Urban, Madrid 100 rooms from $182Madrid
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.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 pool5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Recommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Adler 44 rooms from $192Madrid
5* central Madrid hotel in a 19th century mansion. Elegant rooms have cream palettes and freestanding baths. Haute cuisine in classically decorated restaurant. Original features throughout hotel, great service. A great spot in the heart of town.City Style - Perfectly located to explore Madrid's museums, restaurants and shops - whilst returning to relax in 5* styleRomantic - Good for couples.Local markets - Good for local colour.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Posada del Dragon 27 rooms from $205Madrid (Cava Baja, 14)
A chic hotel, in the trendy La Latina district of Madrid. Cool contemporary rooms, situated around an inner courtyard, blend modern décor with traditional architecture. A worthy breakfast and a popular restaurant on site, with several restaurants, tapas bars, shops and museums out the front door.Value chic - Excellent value, for a sleek and modern hotel in a superb location, right in the historic city centre.Local exploring - In a great location in the heart of the city with easy access to tourist spots and metro stations.Local markets - Moments away from Plaza Mayor with numerous restaurants and shops. Dont miss San Miguel's Market.Sights nearby - Puerta del Sol is a must see for all visitors to the city.
Room Mate Óscar 74 rooms from $205Madrid
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.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 44 rooms from $206Madrid
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.Restaurant - 2 Michelin stars.Good wine list - Exceptional cellar.WellbeingElegantRecommended by - Tablet
Vincci SoMa 177 rooms from $211Madrid
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.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 78 rooms from $227Madrid
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.Restaurant - The hotel offers an ever changing restaurant, with a new "pop-up" appearing every month.City StyleSights nearby - Palacio de Cristal in Buen Retiro ParkSpaRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
ME Madrid Reina Victoria 192 rooms from $232Madrid
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.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 TubSpaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Orfila 32 rooms from $240Madrid
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.City StyleSights nearby - Close to the Prado Museum, Sofia Reina Museum and Madrid's "Golden Mile"Local markets - Good for local colour.OpulentRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via 109 rooms from $246Madrid
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.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 169 rooms from $302Madrid
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.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 41 rooms from $303Madrid
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.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 162 rooms from $327Madrid
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.City Style - A Baroque palace attracting only the best dressed, and most glamourous guests to its sumptuous suites and chandeliered ballroom.Grand HotelHistoricSights nearby - Explore the medieval square of Plaza Mayor, just a few minutes walk from this central hotel.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Villa Magna 145 rooms from $331Madrid
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.Suites - Including Honeymoon suite, and outstanding Presidential suite with terrace, kitchen, grand piano, butler.Weddings5* Luxury - Very high service standards.WellbeingRecommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
AC Santo Mauro 51 rooms from $334Madrid
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.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 poolRecommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
AC Palacio del Retiro 50 rooms from $334Madrid
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.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
Only You Boutique Hotel 125 rooms from $354Madrid
Only You is a 4 star boutique hotel situated in a restored 19th century palace. It enjoys a wonderfully central location in Madrid and offers uniquely decorated rooms, combining modern interior design with historic architecture. Be sure to eat at their superb restaurant! A fantastic city spot.Local exploring - Wander through the streets taking in the city's sights and immerse yourself in one of Europe's largest cultural hubsCity Style - A suave former palace tunred trendy hotel, nestled between the hip neightbourhoods of Chueca and SalesasSights nearby - Head over to the Puerta del Sol, stroll around Retiro Park or head to Plaza Mayor-all a short distance awayLocal markets - Go check out the bustling Antón Martín and San Miguel marketsRecommended by - Kiwi Collection