My 5 best luxury hotels in Madrid

What are the best luxury hotels in Madrid? Well, the city has some fine ones, including offerings from top international hotel brands.

It is no secret that hotels can make or break a vacation. From cleanliness, to amenities, to fluffy pillows and welcoming staff, hotels are meant to feel like a home away from home. Madrid’s best hotels are defined by grandeur, whether located in an 18th century mansion or attached to a top-notch restaurant.

If you are searching for a top luxury hotel in Madrid, then you are looking for a complete experience: you want all the amenities, of course, but also great style with a wow factor, and lush comfort where you can rest and relax when you are not out discovering the city.

A luxury hotel should be a place where you feel welcomed and wrapped in elegance. If your bank account allows you to stay in one of these amazing accommodations (or even better still, if someone else is picking up the tab), I am betting all of them will make your time in Madrid that much more special.

So if you want a little comfort in Madrid, have a look at the list below with my personal recommendations on the top 5 luxury hotels in Madrid:


My 5 best luxury hotels 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.

Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid: Built in 1910, this palace of the Belle Epoque is an iconic building in the heart of Madrid’s golden triangle – it overlooks the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía museums. If you are looking for classy luxury, this could well be your choice.

Thanks to the meticulous and dazzling refurbishing it was subjected to, and to its central and prestigious location, its five restaurants and bars supervised by one of the most famous chefs in Spain, and its exceptional fitness and wellness infrastructures, the Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid is, without a doubt, the city’s most luxurious hotel.

With an old-world style, showcasing marble stone and impressive columns supporting tall ceilings, adorned with long draped curtains, elaborate wall design and chandeliers, you will feel like you have entered a royal palace.

Santo Mauro: The former palace complex of the Duke of Santo Mauro, who was an influential member of the Madrid elite at the turn of the 19th century, Santo Mauro is made up of three buildings and a magnificent garden oasis.

The palace has the wow factor from the moment you step in through its doors where your bags are picked up by the porter. The ground floor houses a series of lavish jaw-droppingly decorated ballrooms and reception rooms.

In contrast to the over the top style of the ballrooms, the rooms and suites across the palace, stables and annex building have been toned down with tones of greys and taupe, featuring wooden floors and abstract artworks which give the rooms a contemporary clean finish to them.

Relais & Châteaux Heritage Hotel: Along the wide boulevards of the Salamanca neighborhood, not far from the designer boutiques you will find the Heritage Hotel, a quiet space that guarantees a calm and restful stay in the city. Housed in an elegant 20th century pastel grey building and layered across eight floors, once inside sumptuous décor and smart old-school glamour take over.

If there is only one word that could be used to describe this hotel, it would be exquisite. From the hand-painted gold wallpaper to the champagne and oysters readily-available at the rooftop terrace, everything in the hotel radiates an air of striking elegance.

Rooms are beautifully decorated with a special twist: each room is adorned with art from the owners’ personal collections!

Hotel Único: Taking prime position in the prestigious Salamanca neighborhood, the Hotel Único offers a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city. Where the majestic opulence of this former 19th century palace blends beautifully with its contemporary interior and occasional Art Déco details.

Once past its white-fronted façade, you will be greeted by a lavish atrium featuring marble mosaic floors, high ceilings and a mirrored staircase. Along with a well-stocked library and relaxing Wellness Suite, there is a peaceful garden courtyard. It is the perfect spot to read a book, or enjoy a drink among the fresh and fragrant hanging plants.

For peace and quiet, book a Único King Courtyard or Único King Garden – each of these rooms has high ceilings and grand windows, with a view based on whatever name you go for.


Map of the 5 best luxury 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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Last time I checked there were 30+ 5-star hotels in Madrid, including:

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