This five-star boutique hotel is noteworthy for its distinct Art Deco style set in a modern avant-garde building. With 96 designer rooms and suites, the Urban also welcomes business travellers, and has meeting rooms and spaces for events. For more relaxing endeavours, you can enjoy the small outdoor pool up on the rooftop in the warmer months, as well as the solarium, gym and sauna. Be sure to take a moment out to appreciate the artworks from Papua New Guinea. And when you're hungry, choose from bites and drinks at the gastropub, the oyster cocktail bar, or the Michelin-starred restaurant, CEBO.
Relais & Châteaux Orfila
This small mansion in a tranquil residential area has been transformed into a quietly elegant five-star hotel. Built in the 1880s as a private home for an artistic family, the Orfila also housed a theatre and a literary salon during the 1920s. Thankfully, the hotel has held on to its 19th-century decor, not to mention its façade, carriage entrance and dramatic main stairway. The bedrooms are wonderfully quiet, and one of the four suites is intimately tucked away in the attic. The elegant restaurant looks on to the lovely garden patio, and guests take tea in the lobby in the afternoon.
Westin Palace Hotel
Madrid's famous Art Triangle, formed by the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía museums, is also home to the Westin Palace. Unlike other hotels in Madrid, this Marriott-owned affair didn't start as a royal home or a nunnery that was later converted into accommodations, but instead it was commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912 as a hotel so he could receive VIP visitors to the city. Today you can have breakfast or cocktails under the hotel's famed stained-glass dome, admiring the same beauty as celebrities did before you, among them the likes of Picasso, Dalí, Einstein and Madame Curie.
Dear Hotel Madrid
If you want classy, design boutique Dear Hotel wants to give it to you. Cross the threshold of the neoclassical building into an interior design by award-winning Tarruella Trenchs Studio that combines original elements with contemporary and cosmopolitan touches. Your room is your soundproofed luxury cocoon when you want to relax at the end of a long day of discovering Madrid. Decorated in natural, warm textures, every room looks onto the emblematic Gran Vía or Plaza de España. Be sure to get up to the rooftop terrace for spectacular panoramic views and to take a dip in the Sky Pool when the weather permits.
Room Mate Alicia
The Room Mate hotel chain brings central and reasonably priced accommodations with original decor to Madrid. Meet Room Mate Alicia, a boutique design hotel set in an industrial building from the early 20th century. Interior designer Pascua Ortega is responsible for Alicia's 45 funky rooms done up in light wood with pops of colour in all the right places. Whether you choose a standard room or a suite with two levels and a private terrace, you can get stellar views from the wall-size windows overlooking the square. You're even provided with portable WiFi so you can stay connected when you're out exploring. Need extra time in the morning? The breakfast buffet is open until noon.