Hotels in Madrid
Like most major European cities, Madrid hotels cater to all kinds of customers from the monied crowd to wide-eyed backpackers looking for a bed and a warm meal. Hotels in Madrid like Hotel Orfila, Hotel Atlantico, and Quo Puerto del Sol specialize in luxury while hostels like Living Mad and Fabrizio Guesthouse are designed to accommodate those traveling on a shoestring budget. There are also plenty of Madrid hotels catering to guests looking for mid-range rooms. Centrally-located guesthouses like Hotel NH Nacional and Asturias are great for those looking for hotels in Madrid that are close to the heart of the city and relatively easy on the wallet.
Service matters at Bauzá Hotel, where the young bellhops wear the words can i help you?embroidered in English on their uniforms.
The vibe here is playful: think oversize furniture, pink walls, and white bedding.
Edgy, post-modern design defines this budget-boutique hotel, located across from the Teatro Real opera house.
The two flights of stairs (no elevator!) that lead to 7 Colors might dissuade the unadventurous, but the hotel’s bright, industrial rooms are worth the climb. Each one—down to the soap—is decorated in a single color.
This 19th-century Restoration home on the Plaza de la Independencia is one of the latest (opened in 2007) in the line of historic but decrepit buildings reinvigorated by the Hospes hotel team.
The literary aesthetic of this Belle Époque 1917 building with a choice location near Chueca and blocks from Puerta del Sol plays out in details like quotes from famous authors on the landings and phrases from classic literature in rooms.
Blending the work of 19 world-renowned designers like Norman Foster and Ron Arad, this Salamanca hotel has 12 floors, each with a starkly different style. Inside the rainbow-colored building, the lobby contains a collection of iPads which guests use to choose a room.
All 170 rooms are modern, with architectural lighting; Nos. 902, 903, and 904 have teakwood terraces overlooking downtown Madrid.
Carved from a 19th-century Edwardian-style manor home, this 50-room hotel is steps from the city’s major museums. The effect is of a baronial mansion, with maids in starchy uniforms, concierge staff at your beck and call, and soaring Tiffany windows above an original curving stairwell.
One in a chain of hotels, each with unique personalities based on a fictional character (sibling hotels in Madrid are Oscar, Mario, and Laura), Alicia is crisp and contemporary, with light-wood wall panels and brightly colored bed throws offsetting the otherwise all-white décor.
All 37 rooms of this 19th-century boutique hotel have large French doors opening to the street (they’re soundproof when closed). Near the Plaza Isabel I and the Teatro Real (Madrid’s opera house), the hotel is an easy walk to Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol.
While Madrid's other hotels trumpet the names of celebrity guests, Santo Mauro zealously guards their privacy—a definite draw for movie stars, statesmen, and one Seattle software tycoon.