Madrid is world-renowned for its art, culture, food, and fine weather. The amount of ultra-modern, trendy hotels also makes the Spanish capital a great city break destination and an increasingly hip one too. From historic boutiques to trendy and modern, here is my collection of cool and unique hotels in Madrid, Spain to suit all budgets…
Hotel Silken Puerta America
Fans of ultra-modern and unique design will just love this place. The 5-star exceptionally rated Hotel Silken Puerta America is a dream, just quite a surreal dream! The avant-garde design has been created by acclaimed architects Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid and the result is really something quite special….and very Instagrammable too.
Each of the designers has stamped their influence on different floors. From deep-coloured plastics to rustic-chic wood combined with striking furniture, styles at this trendy boutique hotel range from contemporary to futuristic and retro to surreal.
All guest rooms are individually designed, and each is like a visual masterpiece but also comes with mod cons such as flat-screen TVs with Chromecast audiovisual streaming devices. Decor aside, other hotel highlights include a chic onsite restaurant serving up modern twists on traditional Spanish dishes, a gorgeous terrace and garden, and a top-floor bar offering panoramic views of the city.
Its location along Avenida de América Avenue isn’t bad either and is just a 4-minute walk from Cartagena metro station just a 5-minute walk from the upscale Salamanca neighbourhood. Easily one of the best and most unique places to stay in the city!
Creatively designed guest rooms
Blend of modern rustic and retro
Chic on-site Spanish restaurant
Panoramic views from bar
No late-night room service
Dark lighting in rooms
Definitely one for the Instagrammers! Located in the centre of the city, the 4-star exceptionally rated Dear Madrid Hotel is an eye-catching luxurious boutique hotel with truly stunning views from the rooftop swimming pool! It’s located on the corner of a bustling street lined with restaurants, cafes and restaurants and just across the road from the Plaza de España. The rest of the city is easily accessible by the nearby metro stop.
Inside the design is light, bright and chic with a relaxing ambience, beautiful polished oak floors, lots of glass and pale walls. The feel is very much of an upscale boutique design hotel. Guest rooms are also beautifully designed with mod cons such as free Wi-Fi, smart TVs, and minibars. Some come with terraces, some with romantic four-poster beds and some come with gorgeous views of the Plaza de España or Gran Vía.
Other hotel highlights include a beautiful, and very popular, rooftop restaurant with a bar and a terrace but the real draw is their fabulous have-to-be-seen-to-be-believed rooftop plunge pool – the views over Madrid’s red rooftops are worth the stay alone!
Beautiful Rooftop swimming pool
Dine-in with beautiful views
Well-designed rooms with minibars
No parking available
The trendy and sophisticated vibe of The EDITION perfectly matches the city itself! Located near Puerta del Sol one of the most popular parts of the city, it’s close to the Golden Triangle of Art and three leading art museums, the Royal Theatre, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace.
Inside, the decor is light, beautiful and unique with an air of sophistication and has been created by designer Ian Schrager who has co-created the “boutique hotel” category of accommodation. The boutique-style guest rooms and suites with WiFI, plush toiletries and bathrobes are equally as lush and some come with private terraces and views of the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral and Gran Via Street lined with historic architecture. The two gorgeous penthouse suites come with infinity pools, private terraces and panoramic views over the city.
The chic hotel is a also destination for world-class dining with top chefs serving up fine food, tapas and Mexican cuisine at their onsite restaurant. Want more reasons to stay? Then the fabulous rooftop seasonal outdoor swimming pool, lovely garden, onsite cocktail bar, fitness centre and sauna might just convince you!
Sophisticated and well-lit interior
Mexican and Peruvian food
Penthouse with panoramic views
Onsite cocktail bar
Restaurant serves at limited hours
Hotel De Las Letras
This is another beautiful boutique hotel located in a grand historic building, this one dates back to the 1900s. The 4-star exceptionally rated De Las Letras Hotel Madrid has recently been refurbished to such a high standard it’s become one of the city’s most fashionable stays. Its location is special too and is centrally located on the city’s best-known street, Gran Vía Avenue, near attractions such as Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado Museum, Puerta del Sol very near the Gran Via Metro Station.
The design is just stunning and mixes old with new with a literary theme in there too. You’ll find authentic-looking parquet wood floors, deep fabrics, stylish modern furnishings, and poems printed on the walls. It’s both tasteful and eye-catching! Guest rooms have a romantic boutique feel with high ceilings, large windows offering city views, a seating area and amenities such as flat-screen TV and free high-speed WIFI.
Other highlights include an interesting library, a designer roof terrace with enviable views of the city, a relaxing lounge bar offering drinks and tapas by day which transforms into a lively cocktail bar at night and a restaurant that serves haute-cuisine. Although my favorite spot was the incredible rooftop swimming pool, it wasn’t large but the views were just sublime!
Rooms and terrace with sublime city views
Relaxing lounge bar
Daytime tapas and nighttime cocktail bar
Restaurant offering high-end cuisine
No coffee/tea machines in rooms
Food isn't that good
Instagrammers will be drooling over the deliciously creative quirky-chic decor at the 5-star Art Deco-inspired boutique hotel. Located in a popular part of the city centre, the trendy abode is located very near attractions such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Gallery, Museo del Prado, Puerta del Sol, the main square and several metro stations.
Eclectic, and artistic with a creative and fun stylistic edge, the Urban Hotel offers a very different kind of luxury stay. It mixes urban chic and exotic historical artefacts and is also set in a striking building. The soundproofed spacious guest rooms are tastefully decorated in dark wood, natural stone and matching furnishings and feature a piece from the hotel’s own art collection. You’ll also find special lighting to create that all-important ambience, free WiFi, flat-screen TV and ChromeCast.
Head to one of their three onsite restaurants and one even offers gastronomic delights served up by Michelin-starred chefs or their funky cocktail bar with barista-made cocktails. Other reasons to stay include their fabulous terrace, onsite museum (yes really!), steam room, small fitness centre and that wonderful inclusion….a small but super lush rooftop swimming pool. Ultra-cool living!
Art Deco-inspired Instagrammable spot
Soundproofed spacious rooms
Cool cocktail bars
Breakfast not included
Less light in rooms
Only YOU Hotel Atocha
You’ll find the best of the old world and the new at the 4-star exceptionally rated Only YOU Hotel Atocha, where the 19th-century building has been reimagined as a cool New York-style hotel, but with Spanish heritage and design created by the interior decor by Catalan designer Lázaro Rosa Violan. The popular location of this funky hotel is handily close to everything, including the Atocha Train Station, Royal Observatory of Madrid, Paseo Infanta Isabel, Calle Alfonso XII and museums too.
The traditional facade and charming balconies with graceful wrought-iron railings lead into the trendy hipster-friendly industrial decor, with exposed brick walls, black and white tile floors, warm colours, bright textiles and some fun quirky details too.
The soundproofed guest rooms have wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, which open onto balconies with street views or the interior courtyard. You’ll also find free WiFi, a comfy robe and slippers and free toiletries. Dining options are pretty special too with a cute onsite bakery serving up delicious cakes and sweets (from renowned pastry chef Oriol Balaguer), a restaurant offering Asian fusion cuisine and the impressive rooftop restaurant offering sublime views of the city. Now you just need to head off to the gym and Relaxarium to work it all off! Enjoy!
Showcase Spanish heritage
Rooms with huge windows/balconies
Cute onsite bakery
Rooftop restaurant with impressive views
Low lighting in rooms
Vincci The Mint
With a hip New York vibe and fun, fabulous funky decor the 4-star exceptionally rated Vincci The Mint place is a trendy choice for travellers. The central location is pretty fantastic too and is located right on the Gran Via, close to the Plaza de Santa Ana, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace and a few metro stations.
The funky and colorful retro design by Jaime Beriestain mixes classic and contemporary styles, harmonizing the striking and quirky interiors with the gracious features of the historic early 1900s building. The guest rooms at Vincci The Mint contrast shades of blue and green with wooden parquet floors and rich details like velvet chairs and marble-topped tables.
Some have balconies and private terraces and all have air-con, free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and coffee machines. Guests can enjoy fabulous à-la-carte gourmet breakfasts at their onsite restaurant, relax at the lobby bar or head to the Mint Place which serves up fun cocktails and small bites. My personal favorite hotel highlights included the fun rooftop bar with views of the city skyline, the fun 1970s retro vibe and the quirky vintage truck serving drinks!
Retro quirky 1970s vibe
Vintage truck serving drinks
Restaurant serving gourmet breakfast
Rooms with coffee machine & minibars
Some rooms can be small
A pricey option
TSH stands for The Social Hub, and this trendy and funky space in the heart of the city is ideally located for travelers and nomads to gather and mingle! The 4-star exceptionally rated TSH Madrid is located in a wonderful central location across from the Palacio Real and near Plaza de España and Gran Vía. It’s also within walking distance of metro stations.
The former printing press now offers fun and funky retro-modern decor in bright colors and provides a lively and original backdrop, whether you’re working, sightseeing or staying a while. Co-working spaces also make it an attractive option for digital nomads. The guest rooms follow the fun and quirky design; some rooms come with a balcony/private terraces; others also offer wonderful views of the palace. All the rooms have air-con, flat-screen TV and free toiletries.
You won’t be short on food options either even if you have restrictive diets. There’s an onsite restaurant which serves up a mix of Spanish and international cuisine with special options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. Don’t leave without visiting the highly Instagrammable outdoor terrace and rooftop swimming pool – the views are just gorgeous!
Instagrammable outdoor terrace
Seasonal outdoor swimming pool
Quirky yet comfortable rooms
Vegetarian vegan and gluten-free food
Rooms are small
Less light in bathrooms
This sparkling new upscale and cosmopolitan hotel comes from the same popular Thompson brand that has taken the US by storm! The gorgeous 5-star and already exceptionally rated Thompson Hotel is located along the historic Calle de la Montera near the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Gran Via, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Gran Via Metro Station and other major attractions.
Built around two central courtyards that let in lots of light, the sleek, chic and modern decor features wood floors, neutral tones, smart marble accents, striking sculptural fixtures and reflective surfaces. Curated artwork from local artists features in the communal public spaces. Guest rooms are elegant and suitably upscale and have floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, and some have a private terrace. All have flat-screen TV with satellite channels, free toiletries and WiFi.
There’s an impressive onsite restaurant where acclaimed chefs serve up a tasty à la carte breakfast and an onsite gym too. The rooftop pool area is just wonderful with a swimming pool, stunning panoramic views,a jacuzzi area, hammocks, cabanas and a restaurant too – a true urban oasis!
Luxurious rooms with city views
Rooftop pool with a jacuzzi
Scrumptious Ala carte breakfast
Seasonal outdoor pool
A bit pricey
Pools and terrace are seasonally open
Room Mate Alba
The popular Room Mate brand is known to offer great value mixed in with bags of unique, quirky style! The hip boutique-style centrally located version is situated on the famed Calle de las Huertasm (the Literary Quarter), so close to all famous landmarks and museums as well as the shops and restaurants in the Barrio de Las Letras neighbourhood.
The decor at the 4-star exceptionally rated Room Mate Alba is created by antiquarian interior designer Lorenzo Castillo and references the literary history of the area. He also throws in appealing details like old pictures in faded gilt frames, velvet drapes, botanical and geometric decorative motifs and varied colour schemes.
The guest rooms are thoroughly charming with gorgeous signature vintage-chic decor. Some with skylights while others have quaint sloping roofs and wood detailing, and you can pick one with a courtyard or street view. Aside from the impeccable decor, other reasons to stay include friendly staff, a delicious breakfast served every morning until noon (so you can sleep in-loved this!), comfortable beds, the beautiful balconies and shutters, an elegant central courtyard…oh and it’s award-winning too!
Close to all famous attractions
Appealing decorative details
Vintage yet chic rooms and balconies
Breakfast served till noon
No cots available for kids
Hard Rock Hotel
You’ll find it all at the 4-star exceptionally rated Hard Rock Hotel – a central location, fun 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. This is a great – and popular – area to base yourself!
The decor, like all the Hard Rock hotels, is fun, modern and trendy with plenty of interesting music-related artefacts and paraphernalia. The air-conditioned guest rooms are very cool and impressive and some of the suites are just lush! As well as the usual free WiFi and flat-screen TVs they come equipped with rockstar luxury and music-related artwork, and you can even borrow Fender guitars, Spanish guitars and ukuleles to play in your room – quirky details count!
The dining and entertainment options at the hotel are trendy destinations in their own right. The Sessions restaurant serves up tasty 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.
Still want more? Well, there’s a small swimming pool, a phenomenal gym and an ultra-trendy rooftop bar RT60 Rooftop Bar which has panoramic views of the city as well as live music, flowing drinks and a buzzy vibe!
Fun nostalgic trendy decor
Music artwork in rooms
Rooftbar with live music
Delicious Spanish cuisine served
No extra beds and cots are available
There are many fashionable and creative hotels in the fun Spanish capital, but the 4-star highly-rated Icon Wipton by Petit Palace still manages to stand out! This Avant-garde styled boutique hotel is located in the quiet upper-class neighbourhood of Salamanca-Serrano neighbourhood which is known for its luxury flagship stores, charming tree-lined streets and beautiful architecture. It’s near Retiro Park, the National Library and the Archeological Museum.
It’s a chic and arty abode housed in an early-20th-century building and inside it has unique historic features and different combinations of tasteful furnishings and creative decorations. Guest rooms have a chic and contemporary style with calming colours, wooden floors and mid-century modern furniture, and lush walk-in showers. Upgraded rooms have balconies and some have gorgeous circular freestanding baths.
There’s an exceptional restaurant on site too serving up modern Mediterranean cuisine with Asian and Latin American influences. Other great reasons to stay include a club-style lobby bar which serves all kinds of spirits and a cute lobby uniquely decorated as an English Pub which offers tourist information for when you do fancy venturing out onto the leafy streets!
Located near luxury flagship stores
Chic guest rooms with walk-in showers
Restaurant offering Mediterranean and Latin food
Charming lobby and lobby bar
Some rooms have slanted ceilings
Some rooms are a bit dark
The 4-star exceptionally rated Totem Madrid is another one of the most unique hotels in the city. It is a sleek and chic upscale boutique hotel which has the feel of an exclusive member’s club. Located on the corners of Hermosilla and Lagasca Streets, in the heart of the leafy upscale Barrio de Salamanca district.
The fashion hub of the city is surrounded by some of the best high-end shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes. The Triangle of Art Museums (Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and Reina Sofía National Art Museum) are also nearby. Originally a heritage building, the inside has been renovated to an extremely high standard and captures the artistic and cosmopolitan vibe of Barrio de Salamanca. The stylishly unique interiors are elegant, contemporary, and very luxurious with dramatic features and furniture.
Although the guest rooms are luxurious and sophisticated, they still manage to be warm and welcoming with modern furniture mixed with wooden parquet floors. They come with air conditioning, free WiFi a flat-screen TV, room service, free toiletries and flat-screen TVs. There’s also a fabulous restaurant, bar/lounge, a small 24-hour gym, a cocktail bar and even services such as in-room massages and personal shopper service!
Sleek upscale boutique hotel
Outstanding restaurant and cocktail bar
Luxurious yet warm rooms
In-room massage service
Pets are not allowed
Noisy rooms and corridors
Posada Del Dragón
The 4-star exceptionally rated Posada del Dragon is a popular boutique hotel with a unique design and a history that stretches back hundreds of years. Originally a barn, it was converted into a guesthouse way back in 1868.
It is situated in the bohemian 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 the Spanish capital and plenty of tapas bars! The Prado Museum, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Almudena´s Cathedral, Royal Palace, and Reina Sofía Museum are also nearby. The overall style is of a hip boutique with trendy, colourful and ultra-modern decor with some quirky features mixed in.
The soundproofed rooms are colourful, creative, and a lot of fun. Each room has a different palette with unique furnishings, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and that all-important air-con! The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves up tasty traditional Spanish food (but with a modern twist), using freshly sourced ingredients. Alternatively, you can walk to San Miguel Food Market in just 5 minutes!
Closest to Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol
Funky ultra-modern interior
Creatively designed soundproofed rooms
Restaurant serving Spanish food
No pets allowed
With lashings of art, lashings of greenery and lashings of style this is a fabulous choice for a beautiful and unique stay. The 4-star highly-rated Vincci Soho is located in a historic building in the Barrio de las Letras (the Literary Quarter), a short distance from the Art Triangle, the famed Puerta del Sol, Plaza Santa Ana, and Las Cortes Squares. It’s also a great foodie spot filled with a great range of modern restaurants.
The trendy boutique accommodation is actually located in five historic buildings, which are cultural heritage sites that stretch along the streets of Prado-Leon and Leon-Cervantes. Inside the design is creative, ultra-modern and sophisticated with eye-catching art and whimsical touches. Guest rooms are equally as chic with red and black decor, air conditioning and WiFi. Upgraded rooms come with walk-rainfall showers and whirlpool bathtubs.
The trendy boutique is also packed with amenities including a fine à la carte restaurant, a bar-café, large common areas, an indoor patio, a buffet-type breakfast, and a beautiful outside terrace and lush garden – a modern oasis away from city hassles!
Artistic and modern interior decor
Chic rooms with red & black decor
Top-notch a la carte restaurant
Beautiful outdoor space
Low room lighting
Not pet friendly
Only YOU Hotel
The gorgeous 4-star highly rated Only You Boutique Hotel is one of the most unique hotels to stay in town! It’s actually housed in a renovated 19th-century palace, with a striking, beautiful, and interesting design aesthetic. This trendy hotel is located close to Chueca, which is the hippest neighborhood. 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.
Inside the design mixes modern urban, Avant-Garde and bohemian design styles with some colonial details thrown in. The result is one of the most elegant and intriguing boutique hotels in the city. The soundproofed guest rooms are uniquely decorated rooms with a 42-inch Smart TV, iPhone/iPod, MP3 dock, free WIFI, 24-room service, and luxurious touches such as sumptuous beds, upscale toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.
Add in a stylish bar/lounge serving up tasty cocktails, a fitness center, a restaurant serving fine gourmet food, a tiled floor terrace offering fabulous city views and a rooftop relaxing area and you have one seriously stunning hotel! Like me, you probably won’t want to leave!
Mixes colonial & urban details
Rooms with luxurious amenities
Stunning city views from terrace
Trendy lounge serving delicious cocktails
No cots and extra beds available
Not pet friendly
ME Reina Victoria
Recently refurbished in a modern Avant-Garde style, this beautifully unique design hotel is a popular – and very trendy – luxury retreat! It’s located in a fabulous position on the city’s historic Plaza Santa Ana, a very popular part of central Madrid, Puerta del Sol, one of the city’s busiest squares, Sevilla Metro Station, The Reina Sofía, Thyssen and Prado Museums are within a short walking distance.
Housed in a gorgeous 19th-century iconic building, it’s modern on the inside, but historically dramatic on the outside. The 4-star exceptionally rated ME Reina Victoria contrasts its 1900s exterior with a chic and contemporary luxury interior with white everywhere! Guest rooms range from fairly small to spacious and come with fashionable white decor contrasted with wooden floors. You can pick a room with either courtyard or views of the bustling Squares below.
Some of the chic rooms come with balconies, terraces, and large bathrooms with jacuzzis, All of them offer an iPod dock, UK and US plug sockets, free Wi-Fi, audiovisual equipment, and hydromassage showers. As well as the onsite Mediterranean restaurant, the rooftop bar ‘The Penthouse’ is the place to be seen – rub shoulders with celebrities and fashionistas while gazing at sublime views over the Plaza Santa Ana.
White contemporary luxury interiors
Fashionably decorated rooms
Onsite Mediterranean restaurant
Penthouse with city views
The exceptionally rated budget boutique Artrip Hotel is a good choice for those who want a trendy modern city stay without spending a fortune. It’s located in the cultural heart of the city, Lavapies. With many art galleries, museums, cafes, theatres, and cute little bookshops, it is an excellent accommodation option for visitors who want to enjoy the city’s artistic side.
The small but hip hotel perfectly reflects the local neighborhood. 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.
As well as a cute onsite cafe, soundproofed guest rooms come with a minimalist design with air-con, a laptop safe and flat-screen satellite TVs. Some rooms have a small balcony overlooking the street. 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 centers nearby as well — the Casa Encendida and the Tabacalera. A good choice for a reasonably priced, arty city break!
Artistic rooms with modernist furniture
Cute onsite cafe
Restaurant serves Indian food
Art galleries and museums for visitors
Not centrally located
No pets allowed
Axor Feria Hotel
As airport hotels go this one is a particularly cool example! The 4-star highly-rated Axor Feria Hotel is a very popular spot for travelers flying in and out of the ciyt’s Barajas Airport, and is deserving of its high praise! Inside it’s a clean, ultra-modern modern minimalist design dream, with a huge towering open lobby and a striking black, white and red color scheme.
It is very stylish – in a Scandinavian style – and soundproofed and air-conditioned rooms are complete with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access, private bathrooms and modern fixtures. This trendy spot is packed full of handy amenities for busy travelers too. There’s an onsite laundry, ironing and dry cleaning services. A funky Chill Out Zone and a fun Wii Room with free access to video games for entertainment. Alternatively, refresh in the onsite spa and gym.
Located close to a shopping center and a choice of restaurants, its proximity to the airport makes it a great choice for stopovers before and after long flights as well as being well situated for the nearby IFEMA congress center and even offers a free 24-hour shuttle service there. Room rates are incredibly competitive and it’s also easy to get to the city center, jump in a cab or walk a few minutes to the Metro.
In close proximity to airport
Features themed lounges
Onsite refreshing spa & gym
Free shuttle service to airport
Poor internet service
Limited variety in breakfast buffet
This fun and funky design hotel is located in Madrid’s famous Barrio de las Letras neighborhood which is just a short walk from LGBT-friendly Chueca, which is packed with buzzing bars, clubs and restaurants. The hotel is both gay and hetero-friendly and the historic building’s impressive façade and grand staircase along with modern avant-garde decor combine the best of classic and contemporary luxury.
Expect tall ceilings, wooden floors and four poster beds combined with lashings of pastels and neon lights. The result is something really quite special – and very Instagrammable too! The guest rooms and suites at 4-star highly rated Axel Hotel – Adults Only are equally as eye-catching and have either city or garden views, very funky decor, air-con, 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 truly fabulous rooftop sky bar and swimming pool or the lively Bala Perdida club in the basement. A delicious and varied breakfast is available every morning (accompanied with or without hangovers!) and the bar serves a menu of tapas and sushi small bites. Very popular, and for good reason!
Classic and contemporary aesthetics
Basement clubs for partying
Bar serving tapas and sushi bites
Rooftop sky bar and swimming pool
Children not allowed
Best Hotels in Madrid Compared
We have compared the Top 20 Cool and Unique Hotels in Madrid in the following tabular format.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Hotel Silken Puerta America||Chamartín||$185-$446||Yes||2.8||4|
|The EDITION||Plaza de Celenque||$550-$2478||Yes||0.2||4|
|Hotel De Las Letras||Gran Via||$229-$398||Yes||0.5||3|
|Urban Hotel||Carrera San Jerónimo||$196-$408||Yes||0.4||10|
|Only YOU Hotel Atocha||Retiro||$162-$312||Yes||1.4||9|
|Vincci The Mint||Gran Vía||$138-$344||No||0.5||9|
|Thompson||Plaza del Carmen||$424-$1578||Yes||0.2||13|
|Room Mate Alba||Calle de las Huertas||$173-$234||Yes||0.4||6|
|Hard Rock Hotel||Arganzuela||$185-$1021||Yes||1.3||4|
|Posada Del Dragón||Cava Baja||$75-$115||No||0.6||12|
|Vincci Soho||Calle del Prado||$108-$180||No||0.5||7|
|Only YOU Hotel||Barquillo||$240-$478||Yes||0.6||5|
|ME Reina Victoria||Plaza de Santa Ana||$184-$2568||Yes||0.3||9|
|Axor Feria Hotel||San Blas||$97-$307||Yes||8.3||3|
Why visit Madrid?
The capital is a fabulous place to visit and includes a rich and well-preserved history full of wonderful historic architecture as well as museums and art galleries dotted everywhere. It’s a city also known for its lively bars and clubs, incredible shopping (boutique stores galore!), exciting calendar of events and vibrant culinary scene – which will delight even the most discerning foodies! Just please stay away from the cruel bullfighting.
Where do tourists usually stay in the Spanish capital?
Tourists usually like to base themselves centrally in the Spanish capital close to all the action. Some of the most popular areas include Gran Vía which is a vibrant area filled with many hotels, shops, restaurants, theatres and nightlife, Puerta del Sol which is Madrid’s biggest square located in the heart of the city and the upscale district of Salamanca which is filled with high-end shops and boutiques, fine dining and long boulevards lined with beautiful architecture.
Where are the coolest places to stay in Madrid?
Some of the coolest and most hipster-friendly districts include Malasaña which has a bohemian vibe, artists, vintage stores, nightlife, musicians, and a youthful crowd, Chueca which is Madrid’s LGBTQ+ place to hang and party, the Lavapiés a bustling multi-cultural district with a creative arts and music scene, Barrio de las Letras (The Literary Quarter) for its oodles of culture, charming bookshops and connections with famous writers and La Latina a fun area known for its tasty tapas, bars, flowing cocktails and terraces.
How much do hotels cost?
When comparing Madrid to other major European cities, it’s known to be more affordable. Some of the lower-starred hotels and ones with the best deals start at around €50 a night.
How to get there?
Most people arrive in the city via the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) which is actually one of the busiest airports in Europe. From there it’s easy to get into the city with a 20-30 minute car or taxi drive, some hotels offer shuttle services or alternatively, head to “Aeropuerto T4” located in Terminal 4 and catch the train.
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