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What are the best luxury hotels in Madrid? Well, the city has some fine ones, including offerings from top international hotel brands. I’ve personally inspected all the hotels in this category.
It’s no secret that hotels can make or break a vacation. From cleanliness, to amenities, to fluffy pillows and welcoming staff, hotels are meant to feel like a home away from home. Madrid’s best hotels are defined by grandeur, whether located in an 18th century mansion or attached to a top-notch restaurant.
So if you want a little comfort in Madrid, have a look at the list below.
Hotel Ritz: Opulent and exclusive, the Ritz Madrid offers an experience unlike any other. One of Europe’s greatest hotels, it overlooks the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía with the Picasso collection. If you are looking for classy luxury, this could well be your choice.
Westin Palace: Comissioned by Alfonso XIII in 1912, the Westin Palace Madrid crowns the dream of a king – the desire to give Madrid a hotel worthy of a capital. Since then, The Westin Palace has been a meeting point. As a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection, this hotel is a monument to elegance, combining elements of the century grandeur with the new technologies of a modern world class hotel.
URSO Hotel & Spa: With its neoclassical façade, grand marble entryway, delicately floral-wallpapered breakfast room, and modern spa, this 78-room former palace adds a gracious note to a quiet side street near the trendy Malasaña and Chueca neighborhoods.
Hospes Puerta de Alcalá: This charming boutique hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, and within walking distance of major sights such as the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Cybeles Fountain. Formerly a 19th century townhouse, the rooms have huge wooden doors and high ceilings; although all are different, they are decorated in calming shades of white, grey and purple.
Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques: Located in the privileged Habsburg district next to the Royal Palace, the Opera House and the Cathedral, the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques is a luxury urban resort. Inspired by Velázquez’s masterpieces, this beautiful hotel combines two historic buildings – a 13th century convent and the 19th century Palace of Dukes of Granada de Ega, updated in an avant-garde style.
Relais & Châteaux Orfila: This small XIX century palace was transformed into a hotel in 1999, respecting the majestic style of the era at the same time as installing all the appropriate commodities for a luxuorious establishment. As a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Chain, it offers character, courtesy, charm and cuisine.
Hotel Villa Real: When staying at the Hotel Villa Real, you will find yourself in a unique place, in the most elegant and iconic area of Madrid. Housed in a new building that was meticulously designed to fit into its surroundings, this hotel will delight you with its fine materials and exquisite decoration.
NH Collection Madrid Suecia: The historic Hotel Suecia, that played host to figures like Ernesto Ché Guevara and Ernest Hemingway, who lived there for long periods, has been reborn after a complete renovation, as a five star NH Collection hotel. Interior designers have achieved a pleasant feeling of warmth in all its spaces by using fine woods for walls, floors and furnishings, and by playing with natural and artificial light.
Wellington: It’s a grand five-star property with an updated baronial décor just two blocks north of the Retiro Park in Barrio Salamanca, the city’s toniest shopping quarter. Renowned as one of Madrid’s finest hotels, the Hotel Wellington conveys a richly traditional aura with a welcoming reception area.
Urban: In the cultural center of Madrid, on the Carrera de San Jerónimo, the Hotel Urban invites you into a world of avant-garde design, art, and technology behind a steel and glass façade. On the roof, the pool and restaurant offer seclusion and spectacular views of the city. Your choice if you are after the most original hotel in Madrid.
Luxury hotels in Madrid are pretty much like those you’d find anywhere else in the developed world. They are everything their foreign counterparts are, with superb rooms, excellent onsite restaurants and the one thing that must drive every foreign hotelier mad with envy: an excellent value for money with high quality standards.