The 7 Best Hotels in Madrid

Posted: 4/1/24 | April 1st, 2024 Madrid has it all: incredible food, world-class museums, stunning architecture, non-stop nightlife, and picturesque winding streets. The vibrant capital of Spain, here you can spend your days exploring iconic landmarks like the Prado Museum and your evenings luxuriating over glasses of wine in bustling tapas bars. While my first visit to the city was a bit ill-fated (I was sick and spent most of the time in bed), I’ve been able to visit many times since then. Over the years, I’ve stayed at lots of hotels here. To help you plan your visit, here’s my list of the best hotels in Madrid: 1. Petit Palace Puerta del Sol This three-star hotel is housed in a 19th-century building a few steps from Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s central plaza. It’s a bargain given its amenities and location. The overall design is minimalist but cozy, with a warm color palette of salmon and peach tones. In the mornings, there’s an expansive buffet breakfast that caters to all diets with a wide variety of pastries, cold cuts, and fresh fruit. The soundproofed rooms are compact (to be expected in such a central location) but optimize the space with flatscreen TVs, Wi-Fi, parquet floors, small desks, and minibars. The rooms are are minimalist with no real décor to speak of, though they’re clean and comfortable. Some rooms have a lot of natural light, while others are windowless, so if that matters to you, be sure to book a streetside room for a lovely view. The recently renovated bathrooms have rainfall showers with excellent water pressure. Book here!  2. Radisson RED Madrid Located in Madrid’s Art Triangle (home to the city’s world-famous art museums), this four-star hotel is just steps away from lush green spaces like the botanical gardens and Retiro (the city’s main park). The hotel is very chic, with pops of their signature red color and fun artwork throughout. There are a ton of amenities here too, including a co-working space, fitness center, and three eateries designed by a Michelin-starred chef. The breakfast buffet is a bit pricey for Madrid, but it’s quite varied, including eggs, pastries, and fresh juice. I love the fact that it starts at 6:30am too (a lifesaver if you’re an early riser, as you won’t find anything else open for hours). The rooms have a beautiful contemporary design, with artwork on the walls and ample amounts of natural light. Each room has a flatscreen TV, work desk, Nespresso machine, AC, safe, and a spacious bathroom. There are also family rooms and rooms with a massive private terrace available too. It’s an excellent place to stay if you plan on taking the high-speed rail elsewhere in Spain, as you’re right across from the main train station. Book here!  3. L&H La Latina This aparthotel is located in La Latina, the culinary epicenter of Madrid. There are a variety of apartment types to choose from, including ones for small groups and ones with private terraces. All kitchenettes have a mini fridge, cooktop, microwave, toaster, Nespresso machine, and a little table to sit at. There’s no breakfast on site, but there are plenty of grocery stores and eateries just steps away. The rooms and suites are painted in a calming sage green color, with minimalist décor and artwork on the walls. All apartments have a lot of natural light and feature a flatscreen TV, wardrobe, and AC. The large bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and showers that have excellent water pressure. Overall, this is a great centrally located hotel perfect for travelers who want extra space or access to a kitchen. Book here!  4. Hotel Catalonia Goya Set in a 19th-century building, this four-star hotel is right on Calle de Goya, one of the city’s most exclusive shopping streets. Despite being on such a busy street, the hotel is tranquil inside, with a plunge pool, fitness center, and soundproofed rooms. The hotel also offers a nice breakfast spread with fresh bread, pastries, cold cuts, fruit, and there’s also a cook preparing eggs and pancakes (there’s a machine for making your own freshly squeezed orange juice too). The sizable rooms are clean and stylish, with a contemporary design and parquet floors. All rooms have a desk, smart TV with Chromecast, minibar, coffee maker, and safe. The bathrooms are spacious too and have hairdryers as well as large showers with good water pressure. While you’re walking distance to many attractions, the hotel is also right next to a metro station that can take you across the city in just a few stops. I think the value of what you get here is phenomenal. Book here!  5. Hotel Indigo Madrid–Princesa The Indigo is an excellent mid-range accommodation option in Argüelles. The three-star property boasts a gym and a continental breakfast spread that includes cold cuts, pastries, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee. I really like the welcoming, colorful design of the rooms and the unique, nature-inspired artwork on the walls. All room types have a large smart T

The 7 Best Hotels in Madrid