Madrid is Spain’s capital but often seen as a poor second to Barcelona by tourists and travellers; apart from its lack of a beach though Madrid is every bit as much a tourist destination and top European city as Barcelona.
A lot of the sites in Madrid include Art Galleries and also traditional Spanish architecture, the best of which is mainly located within a relatively small city centre where hotel prices can be higher.
Madrid has a fine Metro system however and though you may prefer a city centre hotel you may get more for your money a little further out but by a station.
Where to Stay in Madrid
Monaco – A quirky hotel with a lot of history, including a stay by King Alfonso XIII in the early 1900s, later it was a brothel but is now a hotel again with 154 rooms located on the edges of the touristic part of Spain’s capital.
The hotel appears run down and the furniture is an eclectic mix of modern and antique furniture and mirrors which figure prominently including around and above beds and bathrooms in some rooms.
La Residencia de El Viso – Only 12 rooms but if you are looking for great attentive service and a hotel that is a little set back, quiet and moreover traditional this is what you will get with La Residencia de El Viso.
Despite the size there is a restaurant with classic home cooked local dishes and though set back and quiet it is central with plenty of other eating options within a short walk.
A grand hotel dating from 1900 everything is sleek and professional here, offering exactly what business clients want but as a tourist you may want the same: great service large clean and modern rooms and the facilities you would expect from a five star hotel. Despite being a five star prices are cheaper than some neighbouring hotels and at the weekend especially when there are few business guests you can get great prices.
Rooms have air conditioning and bathrooms with suites available as well and rooms with balconies looking over the Plaza del a Cortes and the hotel has a gymnasium, bar, business centre and its own restaurant too.
A good choice if you want to stay in the centre of Madrid but are on a tight budget, the hostel has singles and double rooms as well as dorms. Rooms are small, some don’t have windows so check when you book, you get good value for what you pay though and though small you can sleep on a comfortable bed with clean sheets.
A French designed late 19th century palace in its own grounds set back behind wrought iron gates. The AC Santo Mauro hotel has been carefully placed into the palace in such a way to not lose the feel of this building as a palace with features including stucco, marble and original features left intact.
Some rooms seem more modern than others, the larger rooms and suites placed in the master and state bedrooms of the original palace are much grander. The hotel itself is one to explore with spiral staircases, Venetian style hallways and oriental lounges: then there is the garden. The gardens are big enough to take a walk after dinner and get some peace and quiet; if you do want to go into the city centre though there is a Metro station nearby or you can walk in along the Calle de Hortaleza with its bars and restaurants.
An ultra modern hotel that won’t suit everyone: but the bold glass and steel designs that dominate the public rooms certainly make it different. The bedrooms are big light and airy, which is great in summer time, on a winters night though it probably feels a little too chilly.
The hotel features an art collection that is a complete counterpoint to the architecture including as it does Chinese art and Eyptology artefacts.
Possibly Madrid’s most luxurious hotel, alongside the Ritz, the Gran Melia has everything you could want and need for your stay and its location right in the heart of Madrid makes it perfect whether you are a traveller, on a weekend break or in the capital on business.
An old hotel with plenty of 19th century charm the standard rooms are smaller than in a modern five star but still ample and some fantastic suites are available. Not classed as a suite but as a Grand premium room you can have a private terrace complete with whirlpool bath.
The Presidential Penthouse suite is something that seems almost a part of another world though including sitting room, meeting room, dining room, gym, two terraces and a total of three whirlpools, 1 inside and 2 outside.
The hotel’s restaurant offers a great choice of local and international cuisine, all available through room service as well of course. There is also an outside bar and a buffet restaurant.
With an old world charm to it this is more than a bog-standard hostel and the simple wooden floors and whitewashed walls make it feel bright and airy. Rooms are a reasonable size: in part because the owners haven’t chosen to sacrifice size by adding en suites so you will need to share a bathroom but do get a washbasin.
Very central you can walk to most of the main sites in Madrid and are right by a metro station, Callao, if you want to go further out.
If you don’t want to pay for a top five star hotel but service and comfort, not to mention location, are still important to you then you will find the Hotel Regina probably ticks all of your boxes.
A modern hotel with modern décor and good sized rooms with en-suites as you first enter the hotel and see the colourful lobby decorated to match the modern art hanging on the walls you will realise this isn’t a run down three star that has seen better days but that the owners take real pride in their offering.
There are a total of 180 rooms and a bar and lounge and separate restaurant to serve them plus room service is available as well.
Somewhere between holiday apartments and a hotel each of the ten rooms has a seating area and small kitchen; if you are staying in Madrid for longer than a few days and want to save money by not going out every night, or simply want more flexibility with what you eat and when, then these are a good option and not priced at much more than a similar hotel room so if you don’t decide to cook it doesn’t matter, but its good to have the option and the fridge is useful too.
Madrid is a 24 hour city and the nightlife never seems to stop, even during the middle of the day sometimes, this is worth considering when choosing a hotel, if choosing a medium rise a room towards the top will not only give you a better view but also more peace.