My 5 best boutique hotels in Madrid

boutique hotels in madrid

You are surely wondering what are the best boutique hotels in Madrid… The kind of place that combines a great location and an extraordinary design with just the right dose of luxury.

When you want something a bit more special than the everyday when you are booking your place to stay in Madrid, a boutique hotel could be the fresh spark you need to light up your lodging experience. These individual, designer accommodations provide incredible attention to detail as well as personalized services.

Madrid is full of jewel-box, design-forward hotels. Better still, they practice hands-on hospitality, ensuring that their guests feel at home.

What will you choose?

Do you need to be close to the train station or close to the museums? Does a garden patio sound good? A gym to keep up your routine? Breathtaking views of some of the city’s top landmarks?

It might prove to be a difficult undertaking, but once you decide, you will be thrilled to stay in one of my favorite Madrid boutique hotels.

Here is my personal selection:


My 5 best boutique hotels 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.

Only YOU Boutique Hotel: As you might guess, personalization is a focus at this hotel in a historic 19th century mansion in the trendy Justicia quarter.

The Mediterranean blue palette, interspersed with dashes of colonial style, shows up all over the hotel from the headboards in the carpeted rooms to the large collection of ceramic plates in the dining room to the wallpaper in the lounge areas.

Chic but not stuffy, minimal but not sterile, rooms at the Only You exude fashion-forward elegance with abstract wall art, beamed ceilings, and studded leather headboards. If your budget permits a premium room, go for it – unlike the deluxe rooms, they face the street, have balconies, and are awash with natural light.

VP Jardín de Recoletos: This hotel is located on a quiet street just a couple of blocks from Parque del Retiro. Formerly a 19th century palace, it features arched windows, Juliette balconies, window shutters and awnings.

Its large lobby, with marble floors and a wood-paneled ceiling, adjoins a café, restaurant, and the hotel’s restful outdoor garden. The lounge has rich navy-blue walls, chesterfield sofas, white leather accents and a (fake) taxidermy rhino head, while the restaurant, which doubles as breakfast room, is a beautiful atrium-like space covered in white-paneled mirrors.

Rooms are large and feature modern furnishings, and they all have a sofa bed plus a kitchenette with a microwave, cooktop, and refrigerator (complimentary bottled water and soft drinks).

Vincci The Mint: There is not a traditional front desk at Vincci The Mint: you will check in at the bar, over drinks if you like. It is a fitting introduction to a boutique hotel that locals know best for its stylish gastropub, located at street level on a busy block of Madrid’s Gran Vía in the heart of downtown.

It occupies an elegant, early 20th century building and lives up to its name with cool green shades throughout, from peppermint to pistachio, pea, lime, olive and emerald.

Rooms have eye-catching turquoise walls, parquet floors, and white marble bathrooms with brass fixtures. The hotel’s gorgeous rooftop terrace, complete with a food truck-style bar and views over the city’s skyline is a great place to relax.

7 Islas: It is located in Malasaña – one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Madrid, which is gradually turning from grungy to gentrified. The hotel is also a 2-minute walk from the rather more mainstream Gran Vía.

The 7 Islas resembles an art gallery in an industrial warehouse – although originally it was a normal building turned into a hotel. Designers have pooled their skills to bring about its metamorphosis as a key element of the groovy vibe of the area.

The rooms are decorated in natural shades with pale wooden floors, soft handmade rugs and black metal shelving and hanging units. All have kettles, a safe, a minibar and a steel wall storage rack s. The best rooms are the three attics on the sixth floor, which have decked terraces with sunbeds and views across the rooftops to the mountains.


Map of the 5 best boutique 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’re 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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