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The 20 best hotels in Madrid

Find a good night’s sleep at one of the best hotels in Madrid, including budget, mid-range and five-star options

By Jan Fleischer and Marta Bac
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Looking for a top-notch place to stay? We’re here to help you narrow down your choices with our pick of the 20 best hotels in Madrid. Whatever you want, Madrid’s got it, from exclusive five-star luxury to boutique hotels and those with dreamy spas to the most affordable places to stay that don’t skimp on style and good taste. Plus, don’t forget that some of the city’s very best restaurants are also housed in hotels, which makes choosing where to go for dins that significant bit simpler.

And we highly doubt it, but don’t worry if you can’t find your dream bolthole on this list – there are literally hundreds of other brilliant places to stay here. This is just the crème de la crème.

Best hotels in Madrid

1. Urban G.L.

Hotels Barrio de las Letras

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.

2. Relais & Châteaux Orfila

Hotels Almagro

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.

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3. Westin Palace Hotel

Hotels Luxury hotels Sol

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.

4. Dear Hotel Madrid

Hotels Centro

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.

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Room Mate Alicia
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5. Room Mate Alicia

Hotels Centro

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.

6. Silken Puerta América G.L.

Hotels Avenida de América

The Silken Puerta América will not be to all tastes, but it's a wonderland for design buffs. Each of its 12 floors and public spaces is designed by an all-star cast of architects, among them Norman Foster, Richard Gluckman, Marc Jewson and Ron Arad. Guests can select the floor of their choice on arrival, though the most popular tend to be Zaha Hadid's rooms (which look like they're sculpted from snowdrifts) and Arata Isozaki's studies in Japanese minimalism. The building itself (along with the pool and gym) was designed by Jean Nouvel.

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7. Hotel Miguel Ángel

Hotels Chamberí

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.

Eurostars Madrid Tower
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8. Eurostars Madrid Tower

Hotels Fuencarral-El Pardo

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 treatments, and when you want top-notch Mediterranean cusine, get to Volvoreta on the 30th floor: the views make for the perfect digestif.

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9. Hotel Wellington

Hotels Barrio de Salamanca

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.

10. Hotel Villa Magna

Hotels Barrio de Salamanca

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.

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URSO Hotel & Spa
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11. URSO Hotel & Spa

Hotels Centro

Old and new Madrid come together at URSO, which is within walking distance from the Royal Palace and the city's 'Art Triangle'. Rooms are done up in cosy, neutral colours with splashes of golden yellow in cushions, curtains and lampshades that brighten up your temporary living space. If you can afford to splash out, opt for the suite or suite terrace. Either way, start your day in The Conservatory, where they serve home-made breakfast in the surrounds of a vertical garden topped by a skylight. Those looking for luxury can visit the spa, which features a two-hour face and body treatment designed exclusively for URSO by Natura Bissé.

12. NH Eurobuilding

Hotels Santiago Bernabéu

The NH Hotel Group's flagship establishment is where to stay when you want a quiet room in a hotel that's well connected to the city centre. If you're in town for a Real Madrid match, you won't have far to go to see the hometown heroes at their Bernabeu Stadium. This four-star property also has a gym, and a spa with pools at different temperatures and massage services. You can't go wrong with your on-site choices for meals, with the 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, DOMO, and our favourite restaurant in all of Madrid, the Michelin-starred DiverXO.

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13. Hotel Villa Real

Hotels Barrio de las Letras

The Villa Real's owner, Jordi Clos, has an interest in Roman archaeology that's reflected in all the rooms and shared spaces, in an art collection that features ancient Roman mosaics and Greek ceramics. The large picture windows in your marble bathroom affords you loads of natural light and views. If you choose a double room, you can opt for a split-level sitting area, or pick one of the duplex suites with its own Jacuzzi, or really splash out on a luxury suite with a private terrace. Though the Villa Real hasn't got a pool on-site, guests here can wander over to the Hotel Urban in the summer months for a dip.

TÓTEM Madrid
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14. TÓTEM Madrid

Hotels Barrio de Salamanca

Sophisticated and with luxurious finishes, TÓTEM's rooms have a sense of refinement and timelessness, with parquet floors and rich colours, balanced out by contemporary furnishings. When you wake up in your plush bed, you can have coffee or breakfast in your room at the comfy sofa; suites have separate living rooms, and the corner junior suite is bathed in natural light. Exterior rooms look out onto the Salamanca neighbourhood. You can't miss a visit to the restaurant and bar for the name alone – Hermosos y Malditos (The Beautiful and the Damned) – and food lovers will be happy to hear they cook up a reasonably priced Sunday brunch.

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ME Madrid Reina Victoria, The Penthouse
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15. ME Madrid Reina Victoria

Hotels Centro

The Melia chain installed what it calls a 'lifestyle hotel' in the lovely old Hotel Reina Victoria. In this case, the lifestyle is a mix of design and DJ music. Even if that's not your jam, no one ever suffered much having CD and DVD players and an iPod dock in their room. The rooms are on the smaller side, but they're incredibly comfortable, with beds decked out in luxury linens, and bathrooms in Aveda toiletries. Get panoramic views of Madrid with your drinks at the Radio Rooftop Bar; you can also have a meal there or in the Ana La Santa Restaurant. And if you can't bear to leave your pet at home, don't worry, fluffy friends are welcome here as well.

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques
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16. Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques

Hotels Centro

This former 19th-century palace in the neighbourhood of Los Austrias was built as a home for the Dukes of Granada de Ega, and later housed the Convent of Santo Domingo. Its original splendour remains, plus there's a 1,000-metre-squared lush garden where you can retreat for a moment of peace surrounded by nature. Art plays an important part of the decor here, taking inspiration from Velázquez' masterpiece 'Las Meninas', with works featuring details of the painting hanging in the rooms, and the colour palette reflecting classical elegance. Treat yourself at the Thai Room Wellness spa or the Michelin-starred Dos Cielos restaurant.

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17. AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection

Hotels Almagro

Hidden away behind tall walls and trees, this hundred-year-old palace was once home to the Duke of Santo Mauro. And now one of the 49 luxuriously decorated rooms can be your temporary home in Madrid. Sleep comfortably in your king-size bed, and start your day with a flood of light from the floor-to-ceiling picture windows. What was once the Duke's library is now the high-class Biblioteca restaurant, which still gives you that cosy reading-room feel. There's also the Art Deco–style Gin Bar for carving out some cocktail time, and you can't miss a visit to the immaculately kept garden with treasures such as centuries-old chestnut trees providing shade.

Hesperia Madrid
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18. Hesperia Madrid

Hotels Chamberí

Get tucked in to first-class five-star service with an at-home feel, and that animal-print armchair. Three suites boast outdoor spaces with natural wood decks and furniture plus a Jacuzzi. Most rooms overlook Paseo de la Castellana or the Hesperia's urban garden, and offer luxe touches like a Bvlgari toiletries. Make room in your budget for a true dining experience at the hotel's restaurant, Santceloni, which has garnered two Michelin stars for itself and its chef Oscar Velasco. Then it's off to the Scotch Bar, where they offer some 70 brands of spirits, with whisky as the star, but gin, rum and cocktails play their parts as well.

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Hotel Único Madrid
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19. Hotel Único Madrid

Hotels Barrio de Salamanca

What do you do with a disused 19th-century palace in Madrid? Convert it into one of the city's top hotels, it would seem, and here's another, set right on Madrid's 'Golden Mile', making for easy shopping jaunts if that's your thing. Rooms are decorated in bold accents around crisp whites and cosy greys, with the beds nestled into wooden headboards that jut out from the wall, doubling as bedside tables. Some rooms have views of the interior garden, and the Grand Suite wows with artisan marble and a crystal floor mosaic. The Ramón Freixa restaurant boasts two Michelin stars, and Freixa himself also directs signature breakfasts and Sunday brunch.

Hospes Puerta de Alcalá
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20. Hospes Puerta de Alcalá

Hotels Barrio de Salamanca

Originally designed by architect José María de Aguilar in 1883, what is now the five-star Hospes Puerta de Alcalá boutique hotel prides itself on bringing out the individual character of each style of room, while all are tied together with the same colour options of what the hotel calls mauve, tangerine and pearl grey. You could opt for a room with a view of the Puerta de Alcalá or the Retiro park, or choose one of the Duplex Suites with two levels. Get into complete relaxation in the Bodyna Spa, with exclusive Cinq Móndes products, four treatment rooms, a soundproofed relaxation room, a hammam, a gym and a small relaxation pool.

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