10 Best Hotels In Which to Sleep Like a Spanish Prince

Madrid is a city that always manages to please. So whether you’re looking to sleep in surroundings that exude traditional European elegance, are leaning towards Madrid’s newer options for luxury, or are even looking for a taste of the avant-garde without breaking the bank, you’re sure to find it here in Madrid.

While Madrid’s most historic choices for a great night’s sleep are concentrated in central, visitor friendly neighborhoods like Santa Ana and Retiro, if you’re looking for a more recently constructed hotel, you can have your choice of neighborhood. They can be found in the heart of Madrid as well as near the city’s business and transportation hubs like the Castellana, Avenida de America and the airport.

For a taste of history and luxury, check out the Hotel Ritz Madrid or the Westin Palace Madrid. Both were built in the early 1900’s and are located only a stone’s throw from the Prado Museum and other visitor favorites. When the weather’s warm, have breakfast in the Ritz’s garden – if you’re not having it in bed, I mean. 

Another fun choice is the ME Madrid Reina Victoria. The grand, historic building presides over night-time hotspot Santa Ana Square and the rooms are modern and beautiful. While you’re at it, have a drink at the rooftop bar with a view. Although if you’re on a budget for this trip and you’re not prepared to forsake personality or standards, then Hostal Santo Domingo is more likely your place. 


Hotel Preciados is a modern hotel located near Callao and Gran Via in the heart of downtown Madrid. All of the hotel's comfortable rooms are soundproofed and are equipped with a plasma TV, safe, minibar and free Wi-Fi access, which is also available throughout the hotel. Some of the rooms also have exterior balconies and come with bathrobes and slippers. The hotel's Restaurante Caf?-- Varela serves delicious Spanish food, including tapas, inside the restaurant as well as at outdoor tables set up on the sidewalk. The hotel also has five event rooms for hosting business and social events, and parking is available on site.

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As a modern boutique hotel located near Barajas airport, Acis y Galatea is particularly appreciated by business travelers, though all types of travelers are welcome. The hotel has 25 rooms, each of which is stylishly decorated in primarily grey and silver tones. All of the rooms have a flat-screen TV, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone and free Wi-Fi. Some of the rooms also have hydromassage showers and terraces. The hotel's restaurant is open for dinner during the week, but room service is available as well. The hotel also offers free daily newspapers and free transfers to and from the airport.

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Vincci Soho is a modern and elegant hotel within easy walking distance of Santa Ana square to the west and the Prado Museum to the east. All of the rooms in the hotel are comfortable and stylishly decorated in dark tones. Many of the rooms also come with balconies, fireplaces and bathrobes. Vincci Soho's restaurant serves Mediterranean influenced international cuisine and the bar has a variety of drinks and cocktails. For the business traveler, the hotel has meeting and event rooms as well as business services available. The hotel staff can also arrange transportation to the airport and dry cleaning.

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From its brightly-colored, innovative exterior to each of the hotel's floors and spaces featuring the work of a different designer and architecture studio, the hotel Silken Puerta America is dedicated to showcasing the best of contemporary design and providing guests a luxurious experience. All of the hotel's rooms have exquisite decoration, panoramic views of the city, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The suites are also extra spacious and have separate lounge areas. Silken Puerta America has a pool, garden, gym and business center as well as four culinary and recreational spaces: Lagrimas Negras restaurant, for dinner; MAD restaurant, for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Marmo Bar, for drinks; and Skylight Bar, for drinks and music.

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Located next to the lower house of Spain's Congress, the Urban Hotel Madrid is a beautiful luxury hotel of clean lines and sleek contemporary design. All of the rooms and suites are elegantly decorated in dark tones and enhanced with sculptures from around the world. The hotel has a nice pool as well as a small Egyptian Museum containing ancient Egyptian antiquities. The hotel's Glass Bar is a sophisticated environment in which to enjoy oysters and cocktails, but for something more substantial, try the Europa Deco restaurant for lunch or dinner. During the summer you can also dine on the hotel's spectacular terrace.

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Hostal Santo Domingo Madrid is a small, reasonably-priced hotel that is both modern and comfortable. The hotel is located on Luna square near Callao and Gran Via. Each room at the hotel is decorated with contemporary furniture and colorful accents, and has latex mattresses, feather pillows, air conditioning, heating, modern showers, hair dryers, TVs and telephones. However, there are four types of rooms: single, double standard, double superior and, for a romantic weekend, double with Jacuzzi. Hostal Santo Domingo Madrid has free Wi-Fi as well as two Internet-connected computers for guest use. The hotel also offers laundry services and luggage storage.

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The name and theme of the Hotel de las Letras pays homage to literature. Located along Madrid's Gran Via, the building dates from 1917, but the hotel's interior has been thoroughly modernized. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and a pillow menu, while some also have bathrobes and slippers, street-facing balconies and a Jacuzzi. The hotel has a library, where guests are welcome to relax and read. On-site eating and drinking options include the De Las Letras Restaurante (which offers a tasting menu), the Lounge for drinks and snacks, and the Atico, the hotel's rooftop bar and chillout space, which has good views of the city.

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The Westin Palace Madrid is all about classic luxury. Built in 1912 and located beside Neptune Fountain and the Prado Museum, the elegant Westin Palace Madrid is the city's second oldest luxury hotel (second only to the nearby Ritz). Besides the large rooms, attentive staff and breakfast buffet, the Westin Palace Madrid is known for its large and pretty stained glass dome. Dining options at the Palace include La Rotonde restaurant (under the dome) and the Asia Gallery restaurant, plus the Palace Bar. The hotel also has a business center and beauty shop as well as a gym, solarium and sauna.

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The ME Madrid Reina Victoria is a cool and attractive luxury hotel located in a pretty, historic building that occupies one side of the popular Santa Ana Square. Here all of the hotel rooms are soundproofed and have sleek, modern interiors with amenities like flat-screen TVs, laptop safes and iPod docking stations. The spacious suites also have separate sitting rooms and outdoor terraces with excellent views of the square and neighborhood. The restaurant at the ME Madrid Reina Victoria serves upscale Mediterranean cuisine and the rooftop bar (now called The Roof) has some of the best views in the city.

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Built in 1910 by King Alfonso XII to accommodate visiting royalty and diplomats, the Hotel Ritz Madrid is the city's original luxury hotel. Today, it offers elegant, stylish accommodation full of old world charm in the heart of downtown Madrid. The five-star hotel has six types of luxury accommodation ranging from the Classic Room to the Royal Suite. Private butlers are also available if you want to up the luxury factor. On the premises the Goya Restaurant provides fine dining and the Velazquez Bar a relaxing place for a drink. And when the weather is good, the hotel's leafy terrace is a refined place to savor a meal, a drink or both.

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