11 Best Hotels in Madrid and What Makes Them Special

Thinking of traveling to Madrid? If you feel Spain’s wine and tapas calling to you, the next step is booking that hotel.

Madrid’s hotel scene is growing rapidly, with more options to stay in the Spanish capital than ever before. With two major luxurious properties opening in the past year and more on the way, the city has hotel options for everyone from budget to mid-range to trendy to fancy.

Getting To and Around Madrid

Once you get your accommodation organized, you’ll have to find a flight. Airlines such as United, Delta, American, and Iberia fly nonstop from various US hubs to Madrid. Check for current flight deals as they arise right here. Once there, skip the car rental, and take the metro, bus, taxi, or Uber to get around. We also highly recommend walking the city’s various neighborhoods and taking a walking tapas and wine tour

Now, here are some of our top hotel picks for your next stay in Madrid, Spain, broken down by various categories.

Top Luxury Hotels to Stay in Madrid
The Four Seasons Madrid. Photo by Lori Zaino.

Top Luxury Madrid Hotels

Four Seasons Madrid

It takes some guts to open a luxury hotel property in the midst of a global pandemic, but the Four Seasons Madrid has done so with impressive success. The hotel, located in a former bank, is rife with history but renovated in the utmost modern style. Amenities include a four-level spa, a rooftop restaurant with famed chef Dani García, and 200 guestrooms/suites. Room rates start at €565 per night.


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Mandarin Oriental Ritz

The Ritz Madrid dates back to 1910, once a hangout for European royals. These days, it’s been fully renovated and recently reopened to reflect its original glory — but with a contemporary look. Highlights include the indoor pool, the outdoor gardens, and the Palm Court, where you can enjoy tea under a glass canopied ceiling that dates back to the hotel’s regal beginnings. Room rates start at €750 per night.


Madrid Hotels To Book With Points

Westin Palace Madrid

This Marriott property is located across from the Ritz next to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, right in the heart of Madrid’s golden art triangle. The Westin Palace also dates back to the early 1900s, and some of its recently renovated 470 guestrooms have views of the gorgeous Neptuno Fountain. Don’t miss the hotel’s Opera & Lunch event on Sundays, which features live opera singers performing under a glass-painted dome. Room rates start at €260 or 40,000 points per night. 

Winetraveler Tip: Madrid is the perfect city to be in if you have Marriott points to burn. Hotels like the Autograph Collection Santo Mauro and the Aloft Gran Via are alternative options to the Westin that accept this point currency, among others. Future Marriott properties the Edition, JW Marriott, and the W Madrid are all currently under construction and opening soon.


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Hyatt Centric Madrid

The Hyatt Centric Madrid sits on one of Madrid’s most famous streets: the bustling Gran Via. The 159 guestrooms are bright and unassuming, but the real winning point of the hotel is the Jardín de Diana rooftop, which gives you those epic views of Gran Via, but still feels tranquil and worlds away from the busy urban streets. Room rates start at €165 or 20,000 points per night.


Top Hotels to stay at in Madrid, Spain: Charming Category
Madrid’s Plaza Mayor. Photo by Lori Zaino.

Hotels With Local Charm

Pestana Plaza Mayor

Stay directly inside Madrid’s most famed attraction: The Plaza Mayor at the Pestana Plaza Mayor Hotel. Spending the night here will allow visitors to admire the square’s 237 balconies and the statue of Felipe III, and the frescoes painted on the Casa de la Panadería at any time of day or night. Other amenities include the outdoor pool, the Hamman-style indoor pool, and the library. Room rates start at €150 per night.

H10 Puerta de Alcala

For those wanting to stay near Madrid’s beloved Retiro Park, the H10 Puerta de Alcala overlooks the magical green space. This hotel is slightly outside of the usual tourist areas, apt for anyone wanting to stay in a space surrounded by locals. Visitors can enjoy the Terraza El Cielo de Alcalá rooftop bar as well as the rooftop plunge pool. Room rates start at €110 per night.


Trendy and Cool Madrid Hotels

Dear Hotel

For a hipster vibe, check out the Dear Hotel, where the minimal, stark room design feels sleek yet comfortable. The hotel overlooks the Plaza España, which you can see from both the rooms and the towering rooftop Nice to Meet You terrace and pool. Reserve to eat up top, or simply head up for a cocktail and to hear the DJ. Room rates start at €100 per night.

Hotel Urban

The funky, avant-garde decor at the Hotel Urban is unlike any other in Madrid. The guestrooms feature unique tribal art, and the loft suites are especially cool, featuring downstairs sleeping quarters and an upstairs living area. The rooftop bar and restaurant have both indoor and outdoor areas to admire the views of Madrid’s city center. Room rates start at €150 per night.


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Best Hotels in Madrid with Amazing Rooftop Terraces
A view from the Riu Hotel’s Sky Bar. Photo by Lori Zaino.

Hotel Riu

Most of the hotels on our list have rooftop terraces, but the Hotel Riu’s Sky Bar and 360 Terrace wins for best views, without a doubt. The space even has a glass floor skywalk to cross. The 550 art-deco-style rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable, many overlooking Plaza España. The even features incredible views of Madrid’s rooftops. Room rates start at €100 per night.

For Boutique Vibes

Bless Hotel

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World and the Palladium Hotel Group, Bless Hotel is exceptionally chic. From the lobby bar that’s decorated as a casino roulette wheel to the downstairs bowling alley to the rooftop pool and lounge with views of Madrid’s Barrio Salamanca quarter and beyond, Bless is the spot to stay, see, and be seen. Room rates start at €450 per night.

Only You Chueca

If you’d prefer a 19th-century mansion to a giant hotel, the Only You Chueca is your spot. Its location in Chueca is full of trendy restaurants, bars, and shops. Some of the hotel’s suites have charming outdoor terraces where you can relax and soak in the Madrid sunshine. Room rates start at €200 per night.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lori Zaino is a travel expert that's lived in Madrid, Spain for over a decade. A self-taught oenophile and culinary connoisseur, she's just as comfortable backpacking through Latin America's wine country as she is demurely sipping Champagne in French castles.

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