The 4 Best Hotels in the Barrio de las Letras, Madrid

Hotel Villa Real

The Barrio de las Letras is Madrid’s literary quarter, starting loosely around the Plaza Santa Ana and spreading outwards. If this is your first visit to Madrid then staying in one of the best hotels in the Barrio de las Letras will mean you’re close to all the major museums, and in a lively, traditional looking neighbourhood with a very good choice of bars, cafes, restaurants and independent shops.

The Barrio de las Letras is where Cervantes, Lope de Vega and Quevedo lived and wrote, and many others - and you’ll see numerous plaques, quotes and excerpts from great Spanish works on and around the cobbled streets - many of them pedestrianised. The Barrio de las Letras is also known for its small, but picturesque squares and fantastic old shops - if you need to buy a lute, or bespoke silverware then this is the place to come.

When you’re done exploring or strolling to and from one of Madrid’s big name museums - the Prado, the Renia Sofia, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the CaixaForum are all a very short stroll away - head over to C/Huertas, which is the area’s main thoroughfare, and is just lined with tapas bars!

The 4 Best Hotels in the Barrio de las Letras

The Best City Break Hotels in Barrio de las Letras

The Hotel Villa Real is an excellent choice if you want to be close to everything! Its traditional facade sits in front of 96 classically elegant rooms, with rich leather furnishings and Roman mosaics.

The Hotel Urban’s original Art Deco facade has been added to - using steel, glass, wood and leather, and the result is rather avant-garde, but also light and beautiful. There are 100 rooms, plus a great restaurant and a fantastic cocktail bar. There’s also a rooftop plunge pool and an art gallery.

Hotel Urban

The Best Value Hotels in Barrio de las Letras

One Shot Prado 23 is chic and affordable, in a great location, and occupies a charming, and very Spanish building. There are 42 rooms - some with balconies and terraces, and all with sleek, functional design. Rooms start from just £75 per night.

One Shot Prado 23

For a similar room rate you could also stay at Room Mate Alicia. Also in a great location, this hotel has 31 chic, contemporary rooms with floor to ceiling windows, many which look onto the Plaza de Santa Ana. This is a good choice for families too.

If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotels in the Barrio de las Letras on our Guru’s list of the 4 Best Hotels in Barrio de las Letras you could:

The 4 Best Hotels in the Barrio de las Letras

  • Hotel Villa Real Madrid 96 rooms from £130

    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel

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

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  • Hotel Urban, Madrid Madrid 100 rooms from £138

    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
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    RestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • One Shot Prado 23 Madrid 42 rooms from £78

    City Style  -  Rooms are equipped with all modern amenities like a a TV, safe, minibar and a dressing area
    Value chic  -  Its comfortable and not so pricey. Good value for money
    Local exploring  -  Superb location, right in the heart of the city
    Local markets  -  Close by local markets and shops as well
    Air conditioningDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Room Mate Alicia Madrid 31 rooms from £129

    Families  -  Close to museums, galleries, and child friendly amusements.
    Family  -  Free for under 12s.
    City Style
    Air conditioningDisabled accessNo pets
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Frommers

    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 Ana. A great place to stay for families or an elegant city break from which to soak up the energy of the area. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Tuesday, 20th September 2022