Spain’s lively and easy-on-the-eye capital city is world-renowned for its art, culture, food and fine weather. It’s a city that’s always had a strong historical and cultural identity, superb nightlife, friendly locals as well as stylish bars and chic restaurants galore.
The amount of ultra-modern, trendy hotels also makes Madrid a great city break destination and an increasingly hip one too. From historic boutiques with a unique twist to trendy and modern, here is a collection of cool and unusual hotels in Madrid, Spain to suit all budgets (in no particular order)…
1. Hotel Silken Puerta America – a bold, Instagrammable, futuristic and hip Madrid hotel perfect for modern design lovers
The striking architecture on the exterior well matches Puerta America‘s interior design. All 12 floors at his unique Madrid hotel are individually decorated, and each room is like a work of art.
From deep-coloured plastics to wood and leather, styles range from contemporary to futuristic and from retro to surreal.
With world-renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster stamping their influence on different floors, Puerta America is a visual masterpiece and an ‘architectural assault course of design’.
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Silken Puerta America
2. Dear Hotel Madrid – a beautiful Madrid hotel perfect for Instagrammable moments and partying Millenials and Gen Zs
Located in the centre of Madrid, the 4-star exceptionally rated Dear Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel designed in a modern style. It has a relaxing ambiance with beautiful polished floors and light colours.
The clean modernist decor is a perfect juxtaposition to Madrid’s bright, busy, and colourful streets — it’s a relaxing space to return to at the end of the day.
Dear Hotel is located opposite the Plaza de España, a beautiful landmark square that holds the Monument to Cervantes. There are dozens of excellent restaurants, bars, and cafes in this part of the city.
You will also be a short walk from the stunning Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Dear Hotel has an incredible terrace restaurant and lounge with panoramic views of the city.
The sky pool is also worth checking out — it is the perfect location for unwinding with a cocktail at the end of the day.
- To book, check prices or availability for Dear Madrid Hotel
3. The Madrid EDITION – a hip and creative upscale urban lifestyle hotel located within walking distance from Plaza Mayor
The trendy and sophisticated vibe of the Madrid EDITION perfectly matches the city itself. Located near Puerta del Sol, it’s close to the Golden Triangle of Art and three leading art museums, the Royal Theatre, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace.
The rooms combine sophistication and simplicity with décor by designer Ian Schrager. Some rooms and suites have private terraces and views of the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral and Gran Via Street with its historic architecture. The two penthouse suites comes with infinity pools, private terraces and panoramic views over the city.
The rooftop swimming pool, spa and fitness centre will keep you fit and centered as you explore the amazing city.
The hotel is a destination for world-class dining, and Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz presides over Oroya, serving a tapas menu while Jerónimo by chef Enrique Olvera and his team has the finest Mexican cuisine.
Grab a cocktail at the Punch Room or meet and mingle in the Lobby Bar with the city’s brightest and best dressed!
- To book, check prices or availability for The Madrid EDITION
4. Hotel De Las Letras – chic and unique Madrid boutique hotel on an upscale shopping street
Another grand building dating back to the 1900s, The De Las Letras Hotel & Restaurant has recently been refurbished to the exacting style so often seen in many of Madrid’s design hotels.
With deep fabrics, modern furnishings, and poems printed on the walls, the De Las Letras is tasteful and stylish.
Other features include high ceilings, large windows, and a designer roof terrace with enviable views of the city. Its central location means all the sights are within easy reach.
When you’re all shopped out, relax in the library or take a dip in the spa, before heading to the restaurant and adjoining bar.
- To book, check prices or availability for De Las Letras Hotel Madrid
5. Urban Hotel Madrid – a sleek, hip, and sexy Madrid hotel perfect for partying Millenials and Gen Zs
This 5-star chic art deco hotel is a recent addition to Madrid’s city centre and offers a very different kind of luxury stay. Mixing urban chic and historical artefacts, the Urban Hotel is set in a striking building.
With a rooftop pool, an Egyptian Museum, and the choice of three restaurants, you’ll never be short of things to do while in the hotel.
The soundproofed rooms are tastefully decorated in dark wood and matching furnishings and feature a piece from the hotel’s own art collection. Ultra-cool living!
- To book, check prices or availability for Urban Hotel Madrid
6. Only YOU Hotel Atocha – a very trendy and Instagrammable place to stay in Madrid housed in a historic 19th-century building
You’ll find the best of the old world and the new at the Only You Hotel Atocha, where the 19th-century building has been reimagined as a New York-style hotel, with Spanish heritage and design represented in the interior decor by Catalan designer Lázaro Rosa Violan.
The traditional facade and charming balconies with graceful wrought-iron railings lead into the industrial decor, and exposed brick walls, matched with black and white tile floors, warm colours and bright textiles.
The rooms have wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, which open onto balconies with street views or the interior courtyard.
The hotel is close to everything, including the Atocha Train Station, Paseo Infanta Isabel, Calle Alfonso XII and the museums.
There’s a gym and Relaxarium, and dining options include the Trotamundos Restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine and the rooftop Sép7ima restaurant with views of the city. The Breakery features cakes and sweets from the renowned pastry chef Oriol Balaguer.
- To book, check prices or availability for Only YOU Hotel Atocha
7. Vincci The Mint – a cute, colourful, kitsch, fun and sociable party hotel to stay in Madrid
With a hip New York vibe and fantastic location right on the Gran via, close to the Plaza de Santa Ana, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace, this boutique hotel is a trendy choice for travellers.
The retro design by Jaime Beriestain mixes classic and contemporary styles, harmonizing interiors with the gracious features of the early 1900s building.
The rooms in shades of blue and green are restful spaces, with rich details like velvet chairs and marble-topped tables, and some have balconies and private terraces.
There’s a fun rooftop bar with views of the city skyline and ‘70s touches like colourful decor and a vintage truck serving drinks.
Guests can enjoy the daily breakfast buffet and relax at the lobby bar and the Mint Place serving cocktails and small bites.
- To book, check prices or availability for Vincci The Mint
8. TSH Madrid – a cool, chic and trendy hotel that features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool which makes a great base for partying
TSH stands for The Social Hub, and this space in the heart of the city, across from the Palacio Real and near Plaza de España and Gran Víais, is ideally located for travellers and nomads to gather and mingle.
The funky, upbeat modern decor in bright colours provides a lively backdrop, whether you’re working, sightseeing or staying a while.
The building, which used to be a printing press, offers different types of accommodations for students, hotel and extended stays, as well as co-working spaces. Some of the rooms have views of the Palace and private terraces.
There’s a rooftop swimming pool and bar, and the restaurant and Misión Café serve food and drinks all day and much of the night.
- To book, check prices or availability for TSH Madrid
9. Thompson Madrid – a contemporary and elegant upscale lifestyle hotel located on The New “Golden Mile” of the city
This sparkling new 5-star hotel along the historic Calle de la Montera is near the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Gran Via, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and other major attractions.
The artistic connection is continued in the curated artwork from local artists in the public spaces.
The hotel is built around two central courtyards that let in lots of light, and the sleek decor features wood floors, leather and marble accents, sculptural fixtures and reflective surfaces.
Rooms are elegant and comfortable and have floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, and some have a private terrace.
The rooftop is well equipped for the Madrid summer with a swimming pool, cabanas and a bar-restaurant opening in 2023. The Omar bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the Hijos de Tomás speakeasy bar will be opening soon.
- To book, check prices or availability for Thompson Madrid
10. Room Mate Alba – an ultra-chic and popular new unique boutique hotel close to popular points of interest
The location in lively Santa Ana square is one reason to stay at the Room Mate Alba, but you’ll discover many more on your own – the impeccable decor, friendly staff, the delicious breakfast served every morning until noon so you can sleep in, the comfortable beds, the typical building facade with balconies and shutters, a beautiful central courtyard, the 2022 Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice award, and more.
Situated on the famed calle de las Huertas, the hotel is close to all famous landmarks and museums as well as the shops and restaurants in the Barrio de Las Letras neighbourhood.
The decor by antiquarian interior designer Lorenzo Castillo references the literary history of the area with appealing details like old pictures in faded gilt frames, velvet drapes, botanical and geometric decorative motifs and varied colour schemes.
Some of the charming rooms have skylights while others have quaint sloping roofs and wood detailing, and you can pick one with a courtyard or street view. There’s a fitness centre and bar as well, to make your stay more comfortable.
- To book, check prices or availability for Room Mate Alba
11. Hard Rock Hotel Madrid – a fashionable, quirky and fun music-themed hotel near local attractions
You’ll find it all at the Hard Rock Hotel in Madrid – a central location, rockabilly nostalgia and decor, great food, and entertainment. Situated next to the Atocha train station and across the street from the Reina Sofia National Art Center Museum, it’s walkable to all major attractions, shopping, cafes and landmarks.
The rooms are equipped with rockstar luxury and music-related artwork, and you can borrow Fender guitars, Spanish guitars and ukuleles to play in your room.
Some rooms look out over the downtown view, while others open onto the atrium or garden. There’s a small swimming pool and a phenomenal gym.
The dining and entertainment options at the hotel are trendy Madrid destinations in their own right. The rooftop bar RT 60 on the 8th floor has panoramic views of the city, live music and drinks, while the GMT+1 lobby bar serves coffee, drinks and snacks all day.
The Sessions restaurant has Spanish cuisine and a terrace overlooking the pool and garden, and the Green Room serves delicacies prepared by the executive chef in a sophisticated setting.
- To book, check prices or availability for Hard Rock Hotel Madrid
12. Icon Wipton – a beautiful and creative design boutique hotel in Madrid
There are many cool hotels in Madrid, but the 4-star highly-rated Icon Wipton by Petit Palace still manages to stand out! It is a boutique hotel located in the Serrano neighbourhood of Madrid.
This chic and arty Madrid hotel is a character-rich building with unique rooms featuring different combinations of furnishings and decorations.
Located in the upper-class neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca, this area features tree-lined streets with plenty of beautiful architecture to admire. It is a quieter part of Madrid, so you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get a great night’s sleep.
The Petit Palace Art Gallery Hotel has many amenities available including a world-class restaurant, concierge service, and meeting rooms. Expect a unique and interesting design as well as close proximity to the hip Salamanca district.
- To book, check prices or availability for Icon Wipton by Petit Palace
13. TÓTEM Madrid – an upscale cosmopolitan hub and one of the trendiest boutique hotels to stay in Madrid
The 4-star exceptionally rated TÓTEM Hotel is another one of the most unique hotels in Madrid. It is a luxury boutique hotel situated in the Madrid city centre.
Originally a heritage building, it has been renovated to an extremely high standard, with interiors that are elegant, contemporary, and very luxurious.
The interiors are very dramatic, capturing the artistic and cosmopolitan vibe of Barrio de Salamanca.
Although the rooms are luxurious and sophisticated, they still manage to be warm and welcoming. In terms of amenities, the hotel has a restaurant, bar/lounge, concierge, and fitness centre.
The hotel is located on the corners of Hermosilla and Lagasca Streets, in the heart of Barrio de Salamanca. This upscale district is the fashion hub of Madrid.
There are many high-end fashion boutiques to enjoy and it is surrounded by the Triangle of Art Museums (Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and Reina Sofía National Art Museum).
You will also be surrounded by some of the best restaurants, bars, and cafes in Madrid.
- To book, check prices or availability for Totem Madrid
14. Posada Del Dragón – a funky, colourful and fun boutique hotel in Madrid
The 4-star exceptionally rated Posada del Dragon is a popular boutique hotel with a history that stretches back hundreds of years. Originally a barn, it was converted into a guesthouse in 1868.
The rooms are colourful, creative, and a lot of fun. Each room has a different palette and unique furnishings.
It is situated in a fabulous La Latina neighbourhood in the centre of the city. You will be a few hundred metres from Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, which are two of the best-known and busiest places in Madrid.
Other locations that are close by include the Prado Museum, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Almudena´s Cathedral, Royal Palace, and Reina Sofía Museum.
This part of Madrid is a lot of fun to explore because it has a distinctly bohemian vibe. The area is a mixture of charming stone buildings constructed hundreds of years ago and modern architecture. It is a hip neighbourhood with a lot of young people and new businesses popping up.
- To book, check prices or availability for Posada del Dragon
15. Vincci Soho – a very unique and stylish Madrid boutique hotel with a beautiful outdoor space
The 4-star highly-rated Vincci Soho is a historic hotel located in the Barrio de las Letras. It is one of the most unique hotels in Madrid because it actually consists of five historic buildings. They are all cultural heritage sites that stretch along the streets of Prado-Leon and Leon-Cervantes.
This hip Madrid hotel is perfectly located for visitors who intend on enjoying Madrid’s art culture. It is a short distance from Madrid’s Art Triangle, the famed Puerta del Sol, Plaza Santa Ana, and Las Cortes squares.
Basically, you are in the middle of it all! Vincci Soho has a very modern and sophisticated decor. It is also packed with amenities including an à la carte restaurant, bar-café, large common areas, an indoor patio, a buffet-type breakfast, and an outside terrace with a garden.
- To book, check prices or availability for Vincci Soho Madrid
16. Only YOU Hotel – a stylishly quirky and unique Madrid boutique hotel
The 4-star highly rated Only YOU Boutique Hotel is one of the most unique hotels in Madrid. It is a renovated 19th-Century palace, with an interesting design aesthetic, mixing modern urban, industrial and bohemian design styles.
This hotel is located close to Chueca, which is the hippest neighbourhood in Madrid. It is a bustling part of the city with many narrow streets that are packed with an eclectic mix of shops, bakeries, bars, and cafes.
Cheuca is a vibrant and colourful part of the city that we just love to visit! The Only YOU Boutique Hotel is packed with amenities including a stylish bar/lounge, fitness centre, restaurant, and business centre. Its location, unique style, and amenities make it one of our favourite hotels in the city.
- To book, check prices or availability for Only You Boutique Hotel
17. ME Madrid Reina Victoria – a beautiful Madrid hotel with a mix of modern and historic style
Modern on the inside, but historically dramatic on the outside, the ME Madrid Reina Victoria contrasts its 1900s exterior with a contemporary luxury interior.
Recently refurbished in a modern avant-garde style, this beautifully unique Madrid hotel is a popular luxury retreat.
Its distinctive tower means it is well recognised on the Madrid skyline, and in an enviable central position.
The rooftop bar ‘The Penthouse’ is the place to be seen – rub shoulders with celebrities and fashionistas before retiring to your luxury suite, complete with huge plasma TV, free WiFi, and great views over the Plaza Santa Ana.
- To book, check prices or availability for ME Madrid Reina Victoria
18. Artrip Hotel – light and bright minimalist chic
The exceptionally rated Artrip Hotel is located in the cultural heart of Madrid, Lavapies. With many art galleries, museums, cafes, theatres, and bookshops, it is an excellent accommodation option for visitors who want to enjoy Madrid’s artistic side.
The hotel perfectly reflects the local neighbourhood. Its design is modernist, sophisticated, and very creative. Even the numbers on the rooms are presented in an artistic way!
You’ll find some interesting modernist furniture and beautiful artwork located around the hotel to give you inspiration before you venture into the city.
The surrounding neighbourhood is one of the coolest parts of Madrid. It’s a unique blend of Spanish, African, English, French, and Indian cultures.
You can enjoy an authentic Indian meal at one of the fantastic restaurants before visiting an Ethiopian coffee house and going to an independent theatre. There are two large arts and cultural centres nearby as well — the Casa Encendida and the Tabacalera.
- To book, check prices or availability for Artrip Hotel Madrid
19. Axor Feria Hotel – a cool and contemporary glass-fronted airport hotel
The Axor Feria Hotel is a very popular airport hotel, and deserving of its high praise. Close to a shopping centre and a choice of restaurants, its proximity to the airport makes it a great choice for stopovers before and after long flights.
It is clean and stylish – in a Scandinavian style – and rooms are complete with flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi access, and modern fixtures.
Room rates are incredibly competitive and it is well situated for the nearby IFEMA congress centre. To get to central Madrid, jump in a cab or walk a few minutes to the Metro.
- To book, check prices or availability for Axor Feria Hotel
20. Axel Hotel Madrid – Adults Only – an ultra-creative, lively and sophisticated hotel with a retro flair that caters to gay men
This stylish design hotel in Madrid’s famous Barrio de las Letras neighbourhood has a bohemian and hetero-friendly vibe, and it’s close to all the major sights and attractions.
The historic building facade and grand staircase along with modern avant-garde decor combine the best of classic and contemporary luxury.
The rooms and suites have city or garden views, funky decor and all amenities for a comfortable stay. Some have balconies and private terraces.
The wellness club has a gym and treatments like massages, and when it’s time to party, head to the rooftop sky bar and pool or the Bala Perdida club in the basement.
A delicious and varied breakfast is available every morning and the bar serves a menu of tapas and sushi small bites.
- To book, check prices or availability for Axel Hotel Madrid – Adults Only
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7 thoughts on “Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Madrid 2023”
Great list, thanks for sharing! I’ll be visiting Madrid this summer so I’m definitely check out a few of these.
Happy travels 🙂
Thanks for this fab list of Madrid hotels! I must add them to my hotel designs to-see list!
What a pity, I visited Madrid before you publish this top-list. We stayed in a hotel forgot its name already, it was centrally located, but I it was so bad and it spoiled impression of Madrid.
I will be honest and say that most of these hotels are a little bit too sleek for my own taste, but I think the general environment of being in Spain will more then make up for that. Admittedly, I did find the Abalu Boutique Hotel to be rather cool though; and I would definitely go there out of any on this list. I like the idea of having a jacuzzi in the room, plus all the nice lights and so on; its just kind of cool!
Oh how I love the Abalu Boutique Hotel. It is very stylish and got cinema projector. I hope I can visit Madrid again and will visit this prestigious hotel.
Great post. The photos of the hotels make me want to stay at all of them! I really like the design elements.
Thanks Clara, Madrid certainly has some great hotels.