Spain’s hip capital city is world-renowned for its art, culture and food. While it may not have the large tourist appeal and easily recognisable landmarks of Barcelona, Madrid more than makes up for it with its strong historical and cultural identity, superb nightlife and very friendly locals. Its stylish bars, chic restaurants and collection of ultra-modern, trendy hotels also make Madrid a great city break destination. From our collective many trips to the Spanish capital, here is our Top 10 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid to suit all budgets (in no particular order)…
Hotel Silken Puerta America
The striking architecture on the exterior well matches the 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, the Puerta America is a visual masterpiece and an ‘architectural assault course of design’. Easily one of the best hotels in Madrid.
- Prices from €74
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Urban Hotel Madrid
This pricey 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.
- Prices from €130
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Preciados VIP Hotel
The Preciados VIP is a well established popular boutique hotel in the heart of Madrid. Its 19th century exterior hides a bang up-to-date interior, with clean ultra-modern rooms. The Preciados VIP Hotel is often considered one of the best hotels in Madrid and with free Wi-Fi, a free minibar, and suites with separate lounges and jacuzzis, it’s not difficult to see why.
- Prices from €75
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Room Mate Laura Hotel
Centrally located, in the Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, the Room Mate Laura is a chic design hotel in the heart of Madrid. On the doorstep of the Opera House and Royal Palace, the Room Mate Laura is decorated in an avant-garde, New York loft style, and is one of four Room Mate hotels in the city. This one offers apartment style living, with rooms that feature small cooking facilities, creative decor, bold artwork, and statement walls. With breakfast served until midday, and suites split over two floors, the Room Mate Laura offers a quirky experience in the centre of this bustling city.
- Prices from €71
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Axor Feria Hotel
The Axor Feria 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.
- Prices from €45
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Abalu Boutique Hotel
Another centrally located design hotel, the very trendy Abalu Boutique in Madrid features quirky, individually decorated rooms and suites. Many have their own jacuzzis, and guests can order in-room spa services. Mood lighting and designer furnishings compliment the flat screen TVs and Apple multimedia systems. Junior suites feature cinema projectors, and you can even order an airport transfer in the hotel’s own luxury car. Check out the hotel’s ‘Beauty Bar’ for a cocktail or two before heading out into the city.
- Prices from €58
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Hotel Petit Palace Embassy
A recently refurbished Madrid design hotel, the Petit Palace Embassy Madrid is situated in the heart of Madrid’s Salamaca district – well known for its exclusive shopping and high end boutiques. Within easy reach of tourist haunts such as Plaza de Colon and Biblioteca Nacional, the Petit Palace Embassy prides itself on service and modern facilities. From free bicycle hire to complimentary teddy bears for the children and a laptop in every room, the Petit Palace is a great base from which to start exploring the city.
- Prices from €80
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Eurostars Tower Hotel Madrid
Situated in the first 31 floors of Madrid’s imposing 236 metre high SyV Tower, The Eurostars Tower Hotel is pure business luxury. The 500 rooms offer superb views of the city, modern gadgets, and the obligatory pillow menu. The hotel has a Turkish bath, sauna, jacuzzi and gym on site, as well as an impressive restaurant with panoramic views. Being primarily a business hotel, the Eurostars Tower is outside of the city centre – in the Cuatro Tores area – but close enough to the Metro if you want to get to the main sights.
- Prices from €85
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Hotel De Las Letras
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.
- Prices from €89
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ME Madrid Reina Victoria
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 enviably 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.
- Prices from €90
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