You may wonder what the best hotels in Madrid are. With so many choices, how to find the true standouts? The good news is that I have done all the work for you!
Madrid is a favorite destination among travelers looking for city breaks in Europe. The city is beloved for its cultural landmarks, vivacious art scene and outstanding restaurants.
These elements are also present within some of the best hotels in Madrid, where you can stay in historic palaces, art-gallery-meets-hotel hybrids or in an unassuming address with its own Michelin starred restaurant.
Then there are the low-key stays, from new-gen hostels and neighborhood apartment set-ups.
And the scene is still growing, because Madrid is packed with great accommodation. Just to mention a few examples, the Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental are finally present in the Spanish capital.
For the places to note, I have rounded up the best hotels in Madrid:
- Luxury hotel: Gran Hotel Inglés.
- Boutique hotel: TÓTEM.
- Vacation rental: NQN Aparts & Suites.
- Mid-range hotel: Hotel Cortezo.
- Budget hotel: Woohoo Rooms Fuencarral.
- Hostel: The Hat Madrid.
- Airport hotel: Hilton Madrid Airport.
My list of the best hotels in Madrid
My favorite luxury hotel in Madrid
Gran Hotel Inglés: Madrid has many boutique hotels, but this one — with its lobby bar, considered service, and ideal location — hits the mark. I was designed to be glamorous in a way that works for the hotel’s history and location. In other words, not unwarranted or needlessly flashy.
While combining urban sophistication with the glamour of bygone days, the entrance alerts you to the era you are stepping into. The lobby and bar feature wine colored rugs, red leather chesterfields, and an abundant velvet in chairs, curtains, and walls. Moreover, greys, creams and oranges make for a cozy interior.
Rooms are tastefully done — modern, but restrained. Some face the street, and some don’t. Those with street views are utterly charming with nice rooftop views. That said, this area of Madrid is very popular at night, and keep in mind that Madrileños stay out (very) late. So try to book a quieter room.
If you need more options, have a look at the list of my 5 best luxury hotels in Madrid.
My favorite boutique hotel in Madrid
TÓTEM: Located in the city’s elegant and upmarket Salamanca neighborhood, the TÓTEM is a favorite of mine.
The discretely marked entrance of the handsome 19th century corner block opens into a naturally lit lobby. The lobby’s marble floors, brass accents and carefully restored 19th-century staircase are just some of its charms.
Rooms and suites are spread across five floors, all with natural light and wooden floors. Each room is dominated by large windows that overlook either broad leafy streets or the internal courtyard bar, while the black marbled bathrooms are stocked with organic and natural amenities. Sloping ceilings and freestanding bathtubs add a romantic vibe to the top-floor rooms.
Would you like other alternatives? Check my 5 best boutique hotels in Madrid.
My favorite vacation rental in Madrid
NQN Aparts & Suites: An eye-pleasing combination of crisp white walls, modern artworks and retro-style furnishings give this gorgeous building a real feeling of calm. Step outside, however, and just a block away is the central shopping avenue of Gran Vía.
These soundproofed holiday apartments can sleep couples to families of five and all come with open-plan kitchen-lounge-dining areas – perfect for chilling out after a day discovering this bustling city.
All the exclusive flats have everything you need to make you feel at home while you are away.
If you need more options, have a look at the list of my 5 best vacation rentals in Madrid.
My favorite mid-range hotel in Madrid
Hotel Cortezo: It has the bonus of being in a central location, just a couple of minutes away from Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Tirso de Molina, on a relatively quiet street.
Decor tends toward the gentleman’s club boutique look with white linens, dark wooden headboards, and brushed stainless steel trim. The rooftop terrace is small but fitted with a few lounge chairs, teak strip decking, and an outdoor shower to cool off and wash off the tanning lotion.
The rooms have parquet flooring and are decorated in pleasant Mediterranean colors, giving them a comfortable feel.
Would you like other alternatives? Check my 5 best mid-range hotels in Madrid.
My favorite budget hotel in Madrid
Woohoo Rooms Fuencarral: Its perfect location allows you to take advantage of being in one of city’s most popular shopping streets.
Surrounded by a wide variety of trendy stores and top restaurants, it is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid. The most interesting attractions such as Retiro park, and Prado or Thyssen museums, are within walking distance. Although it has no restaurant, bar, or gym, there is a wide range of vibrant cafes in the neighborhood.
The accommodation in a floor in a larger building and the access is done through the main building door. Rooms are modern, well lit, and well equipped. The concierge service is always helpful in providing great recommendations.
If you need more options, have a look at the list of my 5 best budget hotels in Madrid.
My favorite hostel in Madrid
The Hat Madrid: Just a 2-minute walk from Plaza Mayor, The Hat is an award-winning youth hostel in Madrid that I love for its awesome facilities, friendly vibe, clean rooms, and funky designs. It has a hip design and upscale vibe, which includes an outdoor terrace, rooftop bar, solarium, and lots of common space.
The vibe of the hostel is lively and welcoming but it is not a party hostel. You can’t really go wrong here.
Would you like other alternatives? Check my 5 best hostels in Madrid.
My favorite airport hotel in Madrid
Hilton Madrid Airport: A big hotel with the design and room sizes that are traditional at the Hilton brand, but in the middle of an industrial park.
Its best perk is that their transfer bus to the airport runs every 20 minutes from 4:00 and they are literally next to Terminal 1 (T1). It also has a swimming pool you can use all year long.
If you need more options, have a look at the list of my 3 best airport hotels in Madrid.
Map of the best hotels in Madrid
As always, you have all the information on a specific map of accommodation in Madrid. And remember, you can use this map at home and while you are traveling in Spain. You have all the details on how to do so on the Madrid Traveller maps page, where you also have links to all the other maps.
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