A trip to Madrid is nothing short of magical, thanks to the city’s natural beauty, historical architecture, and traditional cuisine. It’s easy to spend several days exploring the various parts of the city and its popular cultural attractions, while many visitors take day trips to nearby cities and countryside areas to see the region more broadly. Either way, there are many excellent places to stay overnight and call your home base in the city. These are our top hotel picks for your upcoming trip to Madrid.
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Relais & Chateaux Hotel Orfila (Prices & Photos)
This luxurious hotel is in the heart of Madrid and located about five minutes from the Museo del Prado. It was originally built in 1886 as a small palace and has a very historic vibe still today. It has a lovely patio for outdoor dining, a tea room, and also family suites for a little extra space. Children and dogs are welcome here, and guests will also enjoy Wi-Fi, an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, biking, and skiing nearby. The onsite restaurant’s chef, Mario Sandoval Cuadrada, serves up cooking classics in a 19th century Madrilenian townhouse at El Jardin de Orfila. Relais & Chateaux Hotel Orfila is about one mile from the airport and also close to Buen Retiro Park. Other nearby sites are Cuartel de la Montaña Park and the Reina Sofía Museum.
Barceló Emperatriz (Prices & Photos)
The Barceló Emperatriz is also a great hotel in Madrid for your trip to Spain, and this downtown hotel is in the Salamanca District. It’s an ideal location for both leisure and business travelers since it’s near the Paseo de la Castellana, Serrano Street, Puerta del Sol, and the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. This is a relatively new hotel that just opened up in 2016. The on-site Mutis restaurant serves a breakfast buffet and healthy dishes. The hotel has spacious rooms equipped with avant-garde furniture and even family rooms that can accommodate up to six people. Wi-Fi is free, there’s a fitness center on the top floor of the hotel, valet parking is available for a fee, and there’s also a pool here with city views. Barajas International Airport is about six miles from this hotel.
Gran Melia Palacio de Los Duques (Prices & Photos)
You can also stay in the Los Austrias district of Madrid at the Gran Melia Palacio de Los Duques, an Elizabethan-style hotel with an avant-garde flair. This luxury option was originally a 19th century palace. It has a seasonal pool with a whirlpool, three restaurants on site, a cocktail bar, a fitness center, and a wellness center that offers massages and other treatments. This hotel also accommodates families and has larger rooms designed with parents and kids in mind. Other services provided by the hotel for extra fees include babysitting on request, car rental service, airport transfer service, in-room breakfast, and covered private parking. Package deals are available that include local attractions, such as taking a backstage tour of the Royal Theatre to learn about Spanish opera.
Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid (Prices & Photos)
The Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid is a great luxury urban hotel that’s intimate and trendy. It’s located in Madrid’s Salesas neighborhood and has chic rooms for guests. Each room has its own distinct character, and there’s also an Asian-inspired wellness spa here on the first floor. The treatments here feature influences from Thailand, India, Bali, China, and Hawaii to offer massages and other wellness treatments. Dine at the YOUnique Restaurante, and sip cocktails at the YOUnique Lounge here. The list of hotel services offered includes a 24-hour à la carte breakfast, premium Wi-Fi, shopping tour experience, 24-hour gym, and outdoor patio for relaxation.
Westin Palace Hotel (Prices & Photos)
The Westin also has a highly rated hotel in Madrid worth considering on your trip to Spain. This hotel was originally commissioned in 1912 by King Alfonso XIII, and it’s close to many of the best museums and tapas restaurants in the city. The Westin has 470 rooms and 51 suites for guests. Meanwhile, the onsite 1912 Museo Bar serves cocktails, La Rotonda Restaurant serves all meals, the Green T Sushi Bar combines the best aspects of sushi and Spanish tapas, and Asia Gallery serves gourmet Cantonese cuisine. The on-site gym is open 24/7 with a wide range of equipment. Nearby attractions include bike tours, Old Quarter shopping, escape room experiences, and the must-see plazas.
Artiem Madrid (Prices & Photos)
A balanced and refreshing place to stay in Madrid is Artiem, which is popular among tourists and business travelers. The rooms here are sleek and modern, and the spaces inside are designed to be a refuge from busy days out in the city. The Green and Slow Lounge are welcoming spaces where you can enjoy a snack, drink, or listen to music. Healthy breakfasts are served here to help you start your day off right, or you can choose to have breakfast in bed for a relaxing beginning to your day. The on-site gym is open 24 hours per day, and the hotel also offers a “gym in a bag” for you to do yoga and stretch in your own room.
Unico Hotel (Prices & Photos)
The Hotel Único Madrid aims to be a calming oasis in the middle of Madrid and in the Golden Mile/Salamanca neighborhood of the city. It was originally a 19th century palace and retains much of that historic charm still today. There’s a lovely garden here to relax and enjoy Sunday brunch, and chef Ramón Freixa awakens the sense with inventive dishes. Onsite you’ll also find a fitness facility and spa treatment rooms.
Dear Hotel Madrid (Prices & Photos)
This is a design boutique hotel that overlooks the Gran Via and Plaza de España with its rooftop restaurant and sky pool. You’ll also be about 10 minutes walking distance from Palacio Real. Guests enjoy modern cuisine, DJ music on weekends, and 360-degree views from the 14th floor restaurant and lounge.
The Hat (Prices & Photos)
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly place to stay in Madrid, book at room at The Hat. This is a hostel that offers private, shared, family, and women-only rooms. It has a delicious breakfast, a rooftop that’s perfect for enjoying a glass of wine at sunset, free Wi-Fi, and a staff that helps guests get connected to the best concerts and events going on around the city.