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Best Design and Luxury Hotels in Madrid
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Best Design and Luxury Hotels in Madrid

Suitable for any age and all kinds of preferences, Madrid is projected as a new mecca for luxury tourism in Europe. Spain‘s capital is a host of cultural proposals and invites you to immerse yourself in bustling neighborhoods, unique gastronomic experiences, and historic streets full of boutique shops. Madrid hotels do not ignore the splendor of their city: From a luxury spa to art exhibitions, it is a pleasure to enjoy the most exclusive services in the hotels. This is our hotel guide for planning your dream stay.

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Only You Boutique Hotel

“The hotel offers an inviting and sophisticated ambience through various design-influenced areas to create a relationship with guests through the journey and experience of discovery.”


In the centre of Madrid, a few metres from Paseo de Recoletos and the Chueca neighbourhood, lies one of two Only You Hotels in Madrid. The former 19th century palace is now a boutique hotel with carefully designed interiors by Lazaro Rosa Violan and an eccentric play between colourfulness and colonial style. À la carte breakfast around the clock, Sunday brunch, restaurant and tapas bar tantalise your palate, and the Thai spa, as well as the elegant, colourful rooms, will offer you a retreat from the hustle and bustle.

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Hotel Urso

“This building integrates the royal character of Madrid's 20th century bourgeois architecture with the comfort of modern luxury”.


Despite its neoclassical façade, the newly renovated mansion of the Boutique Hotel Urso in Madrid is a modern alternative to the city's ostentatious houses. The lovely rooms made us feel home with a modern mid-century interior, wallpaper in a playful bird design that continues into Media Ración restaurant. Here, changing Spanish chefs tempted us. The underground spa with hammam and exciting lap pool offered a wide range for relaxation. The highlight is the restored mahogany lift and the stained-glass windows from the 20th century, and thanks to the free bicycles, we got to easily explore the area around Chueca.

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Palacio de los Duques Gran Melia

“With stunning architecture, a lush courtyard garden and exceptional service, there is no place like the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques to experience true Spanish luxury.”


In the heart of the opulent Hapsburg district, the Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá sits side by side with some of Madrid’s most grandiose architecture. Combining a 13th-century convent and 19th-century palace with chic contemporary design, the space is an emblem of rich Spanish history elegantly modernized. Recreated masterpieces of virtuoso Spanish painter Diego Velásquez are found in every room, paying homage to the artists and their patrons who once walked the building’s halls. End your days with a visit to the inviting Thai Room spa, or spend your mornings lounging at the splendid rooftop pool with breathtaking panoramas of the city.

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Principal Hotel Madrid
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Principal Madrid

“The Principal Madrid Hotel is a reference for the luxury lifestyle in the capital, being one of the first five-star hotels on the legendary Gran Via.


The rooftop terrace with bar of the hip Principal Madrid offers perhaps the best view of Gran Vía and the whole city. Typical of Madrid, design details such as iron railings, large windows and Art Deco and Art Nouveau facades from the 1920s predominate. The guest rooms are coolness at its best: shades of grey, black and white artwork and statement furniture alternate. On the top floor of the hotel, Spanish haute cuisine is served in the Ático, from whose windows you can gaze into the distance while listening to live music and DJ sounds.

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TÓTEM Madrid Hotel
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TÓTEM Madrid

“Located in Madrid's Golden Mile, TÓTEM Madrid is an icon where modernity and design merge, creating a space, where minimalism and avant-garde design come together.”


Just off Madrid's chic Barrio de Salamanca, TÓTEM Madrid stuns with moody, dark interiors, dim lighting, velvet armchairs, potted plants and mid-century furniture. The white and grey rooms, with oak floors, blue walls, large windows and views of the street, gave us a members-only club feel. Upstairs, the neighbourhood scene meets at the Roaring Twenties-style cocktail bar and the Mediterranean restaurant, inspired by Fitzgerald's novels, spoiled our palate. Tip: Book a room with a balcony. It's worth it.

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Hotel Urban
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Hotel Urban

“An exclusive environment that combines luxury, modernity and comfort: its gastronomic offer and the perfect combination of architecture and design make it a unique hotel in the heart of Madrid.”


With its focus on art and anthropology, Hotel Urban is one of the most fascinating hotels in Madrid's city centre. Industrial chic reigns in rooms with leather details, antiques and ancient Buddhist art. The glass tower, like an Art Deco vision of black Zimbabwe stone and coffee-coloured steel beams, as well as the geometric lobby with glass-roofed courtyard and wooden sculptures from Oceania, didn’t only delight our eye. Prints from the Ming dynasty line the corridors and antique artefacts from Papua New Guinea await you in the Pièce de Résistance museum in the basement. The place for true explorers.

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Gran Hotel Inglés

“A hotel with history repackaged for the modern traveler, touting a big, inviting lobby lounge with a glamorous bar, the Gran Hotel Inglés has all the markers of a sophisticated grande dame.”


Step into the glitz and glam of the 1920s at Madrid’s very first hotel. Dating back to 1886, the Gran Hotel Inglés was completely renovated and restored by the award-winning Rockwell Group, embellishing the building’s traditional architecture with lavish Art Deco features. A stylish lobby and bar downstairs give the feel of a ritzy club, while each of the 48 rooms make for a serene getaway, furnished for maximum comfort with beautifully refined decor. Once you’re able to draw yourself away from this luxurious haven, its bohemian neighborhood is lined with a number of tapas bars, restaurants, and trendy boutiques, and just a ten-minute walk away is the Prado Museum, the must-see for all art lovers.

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Barcelo Torre de Madrid
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Barcelo Torre de Madrid

“The spectacular building of this hotel is a landmark in the city, not only because of its magnificent location, but also because for some years it was thought to be the tallest concrete building in the world.”


Local young designer Jamie Hayóns has created a first-of-its-kind, world-class experience with the iconic Torre de Madrid, one of Madrid's tallest buildings and an integral part of the city's skyline. Rooms are infused with art deco mirrors, spheres and neon colours. Public areas shimmer in pastel pinks, greens and greys. In the lobby, a zebra-striped bear wearing a top hat and flamenco-inspired portraits surprise you. An illuminated swimming pool and the in-house restaurant Somos, with creative cocktails and modern Spanish cuisine, complete your package of urban delight.

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Only You Atocha
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Only You Hotel Atocha

“The beauty of this historic building has been enhanced by clever design, with an interior based on an eclectic mix of resources and an informal yet sophisticated character.


Madrid's once-challenging Atocha district is experiencing a renaissance. Today you'll find stylish restaurants, shops and hotels, led by the Only You Hotel Atocha. The 19th century building shines in elegant industrial design. Exposed pipes and bricks, stencilled lettering along the walls, loft-style rooms with tiled bathrooms, wooden floors and tartan ceilings. We were highly excited by the soundproof walls, but also the Relaxarium on the first floor, offering relaxing tranquillity, after an exciting day in this bustling city. Our tip: the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is just around the corner.

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Hotel Unico Madrid

“Indulge yourself in this stunning 19th-century palace, which features rooms with fine architecture and natural light, and a critically acclaimed restaurant accessed via a private garden and lounge area.”


On Madrid's Golden Mile stands A 19th century palace that is now home to the luxurious boutique Hotel Unico Madrid, with modern rooms, regal interior design, high ceilings and large windows. A quiet, relaxing garden is hidden behind elegant façades. On Sundays, you can enjoy an exclusive brunch under the glass pergola overlooking the greenery. The open-air lounge area provides access to the hip MICHELIN star award-winning restaurant Ramón Freixa Madrid, which also hosts regular events. 

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