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The best hotels for a Madrid city break

Here are our top tips for the best hotels to book when visiting the Spanish capital

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The glorious, beautiful Spanish capital is one of Europe's most deliciously vibrant cities, with everything from world-class restaurants, brilliant barrios and incredible art galleries and museums to breathtaking architecture, top-notch sport and some of the globe's best music festivals. It's also home to some seriously impressive hotels, which is why we've put together a selection of our favourites for you to take a look at. Enjoy.

The best hotels for a Madrid city break

Hotel Ritz by Belmond

Hotels Centro

Located just a stone’s throw away from the Retiro, in the neighbourhood of the same name, this lavish hotel was built in 1910 and remains just as popular as it was in the days of King Aldonso XIII, who ordered the hotel to be built. Though the building and decor are rooted in the classical style of the past, its facilities – a luxury spa, marble bathrooms and a swanky bar – are anything but. Parking and free wi-fi are available. Its location makes it a handy base for visiting the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums.

Hotel Villa Magna

Hotels Barrio de Salamanca

Hotel Villa Magna, located halfway between the exclusive shops of Serrano and the bustle of the city centre, is one of Madrid’s top luxury hotels. The sumptuousness of its rooms has a perfect complement in the relaxing atmosphere of its wellness club, which offers a variety of treatments and massages, and its fitness centre, which has the latest workout equipment.

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Silken Puerta América G.L.

Hotels Avenida de América

Avant-garde architecture is the key characteristic at Silken Puerta America, which has several floors designed by world-renowned architects like Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid. The facilities at this five-star hotel include a Turkish bath, an indoor pool and a terrace bar with a garden which afford some of the best views of Madrid. Guests can request a free shuttle service to and from Barajas Airport and the city centre.

Relais & Châteaux Orfila

Hotels Almagro

Hotel Orfila, which belongs to the prestigious Relais Chateaux chain, occupies a nineteenth-century townhouse just a few metres away from the Chueca neighbourhood. This five-star establishment has large elegant rooms, a restaurant called El Jardín de Orfila, which serves a wide variety of Spanish dishes, and a tea room with access to the terrace and the Ofilia gardens, serving tea and pastries.

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Hotel Miguel Ángel

Hotels Chamberí

There's nothing better than indulging in a massage and a Turkish bath after a long day museum-hopping. Guests can do just that at the Hotel Miguel Ángel, located next to Paseo de la Castellana, bordering the Salamanca district. The Miguel Ángel Hotel has a total of 267 fully-equipped guest rooms and a variety of five-star amenities, including a spa and fitness centre and world-class dining facilities.

Apartosuites Jardines de Sabatini
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Apartosuites Jardines de Sabatini

Hotels Rental apartments Moncloa-Aravaca

If you're a bit of a nature-nerd or just want somewhere tranquil to relax after exploring the city, then this hotel could be the one for you. Its big attraction is its location, situated opposite Madrid’s Royal Palace and right in front the Sabatini Gardens, in the centre of Madrid. Imagine lounging on a sun terrace with a morning coffee and that view! These design suites include free wi-fi, flat-screen satellite TV and a well-equipped kitchenette. Plaza de España and Gran Vía are within a five-minute walk, and Principe Pío Station is 400 metres away.

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Petit Palace Santa Barbara

Hotels Centro

Sometimes the best way to see the city is by bike, especially when the weather is on your side. Luckily, this hotel provides guests with two wheels for free. (Though Alonso Martínez Metro Station is just 20 metres away, if you prefer). Petit Palace Santa Barbara offers fresh, modern accommodation for a young, tech-savvy crowd. Laptops, free wi-fi and an iPod docking station are provided, while splashes of colour and modern furnishings complete the rooms. Gran Vía is just five-minutes’ walk away and there are many restaurants and bars, within easy stumbling distance of the hotel.

ME Madrid Reina Victoria, The Penthouse
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ME Madrid Reina Victoria

Hotels Centro

Although plans to turn this into Europe's first Hard Rock hotel didn't quite come off, the Melia chain has appropriated the lovely old Hotel Reina Victoria to showcase its 'ME' brand. And the end result is supremely comfortable, with luxury bed linen, Aveda toiletries and lots to keep gadget-fiends happy, not only with plasma screens, CD and DVD players, but even iPod adapters (ask at reception for a pre-set iPod if you left yours at home).

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Posada Del Dragón

Hotels Boutique hotels Centro

If you're a foodie in search of authentic tapas then you can do no worse than this boutique hotel, located in Madrid’s La Latina district, an area known for its lively tapas bars. The hotel isn't too shabby either, offering stylish rooms with free wi-fi and a flat-screen TV (with satellite channels). Friendly staff at the Posada’s 24-hour reception can help booking tickets for guided tours, live shows and other events. The hotel is just 100 metres from the Plaza Mayor and 200 metres from La Latina Metro Station. You can walk to the San Miguel Market in just five minutes, though bikes and cars can be hired through the front desk.

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NH Nacional

Hotels Centro

Culture buffs will especially appreciate the NH Madrid Nacional, which is set in Madrid’s famous Art Triangle, just 150 metres from Atocha AVE Train Station. Set in a historic building overlooking the Botanical Gardens, this hotel stuns with its marble-floored entrance hall and original features. Spacious rooms come with air con, free wi-fi, a pillow menu, flat-screen satellite TV, a seating area and the all important minibar. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and luxury toiletries. Parking is available on-site for an additional charge.

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