Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid

Spain’s lively and easy-on-the-eye capital city is world-renowned for its art, culture and 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 collection of ultra-modern, trendy hotels also makes Madrid a great city break destination and an increasingly hip one too. From our collective many trips to the Spanish capital, here are favourite cool, trendy and unusual hotels in Madrid to suit all budgets (in no particular order)…

Icon Wipton by Petit Palace – arty and creative design hotel

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Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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. We love this hotel for its unique interesting design and proximity to the hip Salamanca district.

Dear Hotel Madrid – for Instagrammable moments

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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 ambience with beautiful polished floors and light colours. We found its clean modernist decor to be 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.

Only YOU Hotel – stylishly quirky boutique

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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. You will constantly be delighted and surprised by the rooms of the hotel.

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.

Hotel One Shot Recoletos – contemporary chic boutique

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Located in the beautiful neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca, the 4-star highly rated Hotel One Shot Recoletos is a luxury hotel that is very popular with visitors to Madrid. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the upscale Salamanca district. This is the fashion centre of Madrid and home to many high-end fashion boutiques and jewellery stores. It’s the perfect accommodation option if you want to explore famous Spanish shopping avenues like Calle Serrano and Calle and Jose Ortega y Gasset.

There are many world-class restaurants, wine bars, and cafes in this part of the city, which makes it a great location for anyone who is a foodie or loves cafe culture. Retiro Park is a short stroll from the hotel and there is plenty of stunning architecture to admire. The hotel has interiors that are best described as modern, luxurious, and comfortable. Expect to see a lot of beautiful marble surfaces, polished floors, modern furniture, and brilliant works of art adorning the walls.

Posada Del Dragón – funky, colourful and fun

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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. The rooms are as exciting as the city itself!

The location of this hotel is fantastic. It is situated in the 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.

Hotel Silken Puerta America – bold and futuristic

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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.

Artrip Hotel – light and bright minimalist chic

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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 artworks 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.

  • Prices from €60
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TÓTEM Madrid – cosmopolitan hub in Madrid’s cultural heart

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Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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. The location and stunning rooms make this hotel one of our favourites.

  • Prices from €100
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Vincci Soho – unique stylish boutique

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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 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 very modern and sophisticated decor. It is also packed with amenities including an à la carte restaurant, bar-café, large common areas, indoor patio, buffet-type breakfast, and an outside terrace with garden. It’s a beautiful hotel in the perfect location!

  • Prices from €60
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Urban Hotel Madrid – sleek and sexy

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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 artifacts, 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.

ME Madrid Reina Victoria – a mix of modern and historic

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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.

Room Mate Laura Hotel – modern hotel housed in a converted townhouse

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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 €60
  • To book, check prices or availability for Room Mate Laura

Axor Feria Hotel – contemporary glass-fronted airport hotel

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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.

Abalu Boutique Hotel – a unique design boutique hotelTop 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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.

Hotel Petit Palace Embassy – a modern bright hotel housed in 19th-century building

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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.

Hotel De Las Letras – chic hotel on an upscale shopping street

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Madrid Global Grasshopper

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.

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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