Whatever you want in a hotel, Madrid's got it – from exclusive five-star accommodations, designer hotels and those with luxury spas to the most affordable places to stay that don't skimp on style and good taste. We've picked the best and most famous hotels in Madrid, but bear in mind this is just a tiny sample of the huge selection the city has to offer visitors.
The Urban is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the heart of Madrid, within walking distance of the Spanish Parliament building. This Art Deco–style establishment, set in an avant-garde building, has 96 designer rooms and suites, meeting rooms and multipurpose spaces for events, an outdoor pool, a solarium, a gym, a sauna, a gourmet restaurant and an oyster cocktail bar. Its decoration is dominated by artworks of great historical value.
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 – once installed it's hard to believe you're in the middle of a bustling city – 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.
In the middle of the Art Triangle, formed by the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía museums, is where you'll find the Westin Palace, a landmark since King Alfonso XIII commissioned its construction to have a place to receive members of high society who visited Madrid in the early 20th century. Throughout its history, the hotel, famous for its glass dome and the events hosted there, has been a haven for international celebrities such as Picasso, Dalí, Einstein and Madame Curie.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Retiro, in the neighbourhood of the same name, this exclusive luxury hotel was built in 1910 on the orders of King Alfonso XIII. The facilities of the hotel, which is decorated in classical style, include a luxury spa, parking and free Wi-Fi. Its location makes it a handy base for visiting the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums.
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.
The Silken Puerta América will not be to all tastes, probably least of all those of the business travellers attracted by its proximity to Barajas Airport, but is a wonderland for design buffs. Each of its 12 floors and public spaces is designed by an all-star cast of architects, taking in Norman Foster, Richard Gluckman, Marc Jewson and Ron Arad. Guests can select the floor of their choice on arrival, but most popular tend to be Zaha Hadid's rooms (which appear to be sculpted from snowdrifts) or Arata Isozaki's studies in Japanese minimalism. The building itself (along with the pool and gym) was designed by Jean Nouvel.
Near Paseo de la Castellana, bordering the Salamanca district, stands the Miguel Ángel hotel, with a total of 267 fully equipped guest rooms and a variety of five-star amenities. Its elegant facilities, spa service and fitness centre, along with world-class dining and attentive staff offer guests a more than comfortable stay.
Get exclusive and luxury treatment at Eurostars Madrid Tower. The hotel spans the first 31 floors of the imposing SyV Tower and offers views across the city and to the mountains beyond from the rooms, the spa, the Volvoreta restaurant and many of the meeting rooms. Cush rooms are kitted out in luxurious walnut furniture, and they all come with a pillow menu – a pillow menu! Head to the spa to work out, or better yet, to get a massage or other relaxing or beautifying body treatment, and when you want top-notch Mediterranean cusine, get to Volvoreta on the 30th floor: the views make for the perfect digestif.
More than half a century after it opened, the Wellington is still extremely graceful, with chandeliers, marble and murals, and groups of guests in formal evening wear milling about the lobby. Polite staff are on hand to cater to your every need. The hotel is just a stone's throw from the city's most expensive shopping area, Salamanca, and has a summer pool with terrace – ideal for relaxing after all that retail therapy. Rooms vary in size and are decorated in a conservative but classic style, and the hotel's main restaurant, Goizeko, serves Basque dishes in elegant surroundings.
Although it's a modern, rather nondescript building from the outside, the lavishly entitled Villa Magna, a Park Hyatt Hotel, more than lives up to its reputation – and prices – on the inside. The huge lobby, full of jewellery displays, international businesspeople and polite staff, leads to two excellent restaurants and a champagne bar, whose lunch menu is surprisingly reasonably priced. The 164 rooms and 18 suites, looking out over the busy Paseo de la Castellana or the exclusive C/Serrano, have good facilities and, like the rest of the hotel, are spacious and elegantly decorated. There's also a top-notch gym, if keeping fit is part of your agenda.