The 9 Best Madrid Hotels of 2019

We've got the scoop on the best places to stay in Spain's capital

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History, culture and an admirable dedication to living the good life define the Spanish capital. Here, you’ll find sprawling green parks and magnificent Belle Epoque architecture alongside sleek corporate headquarters. Masterpieces by Goya, Picasso and Dalí await discovery in Madrid’s world-famous art galleries, while the culinary scene ranges from sidewalk tapas bars to Michelin-starred restaurants. Whether you’re traveling on business or planning to explore the city’s legendary nightlife, our list below will tell you the best accommodation options in Madrid - ranging from laid-back hostels to luxury boutiques.

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Best Overall: Artiem Madrid

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Despite its remote location in a residential neighborhood on the edge of the city center, four-star Artiem Madrid receives flawless reviews and is one of the top-rated hotels in the city. The decor is spotlessly simple, using white tones and plenty of natural daylight. The focus is on green, healthy living - with even the smallest rooms including a stretching space designed for yoga or meditation. Expect a chill corner with a comfy chaise lounge, a choice of pillows and mattresses, a decadent rain shower and free Wi-Fi.

Start your day right with a health-conscious breakfast in the Slow Lounge, where chefs prepare Spanish omelettes and pancakes at a cooking station. Throughout the day, armchair-filled space The Green offers complimentary sandwiches, salads and snacks, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There’s a gym on the ground floor, while each room includes a gym-in-a-bag filled with basic workout equipment. There's an underground garage for parking and when you're ready to explore you can drive to the city center in 15 minutes.

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Best Budget: Artrip Hotel

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Located in the heart of Madrid’s multicultural Lavapiés district, Artrip Hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the Reina Sofia Museum (famous for its artworks by Picasso and Dalí). Housed in a historic building from the 1900s, this is a budget hotel with five-star service - made especially intimate by the fact that there are only 17 rooms. The reception stays open around the clock and the friendly staff can help you book the best restaurants, wine tastings and flamenco shows in the city.

The lobby exhibits local artwork, while the rooms are modern and clean. All categories include full soundproofing, premium bedding, cable TV and a minibar - and even Standard Rooms come with a picturesque French balcony. Enjoy a Mediterranean breakfast buffet each morning, then unwind at the honor bar in the evening. There’s a lending library and a living room with tea and coffee available 24/7. Other useful amenities include an elevator and public parking facilities next door.

03 of 09

Best Boutique: Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid

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You’ll find Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid surrounded by bars, restaurants and theaters in Madrid’s lively (and famously liberal) Chueca district. A 19th-century mansion with original Juliette balconies and graceful arched windows, the interior of the hotel offers an ultra-stylish blend of retro, contemporary and colonial influences. Each of the 125 uniquely decorated guestrooms have a 42” satellite TV, a state-of-the-art audio system and a rain shower with luxury bathroom amenities.

At YOUnique Restaurant, enjoy traditional Madrid cuisine served with an innovative modern twist. YOUnique Lounge is the perfect place to relax by the fireplace with a glass of wine, while old bookshop El Padrino creates a literary sanctuary complete with Iberian charcuterie and cheeses. On Tuesdays, attend a weekly soirée made special by Italian apéritifs, canapés and live music. Rounding out the amenities are 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi.

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Best for Families: Gran Vía Capital

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Gran Vía Capital enjoys a convenient city center location within easy walking distance of the Royal Palace and the Temple of Debod in family-friendly Oeste Park. Its fully equipped one, two and three-bedroom apartments are the ideal choice for self-sufficient families. Superior soundproofing makes it easier to get your kids to sleep, while a flat-screen TV keeps them entertained. Towels, linens and bathroom amenities are included.

Best of all, the full kitchen allows large families to keep the costs down by self-catering. Kids will love the rooftop swimming pool and Jacuzzi, but there’s a gym and sauna for health-conscious parents. When you need a quiet moment to yourself, employ one of the hotel’s professional babysitters. Other highlights include a 24-hour front desk and concierge service, affordable on-site parking and airport transfers. 

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05 of 09

Best for Romance: The Principal Madrid

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Historic hotel The Principal Madrid is a scenic stroll from the Prado Museum and romantic El Retiro Park. No matter which room you choose, enjoy a taste of luxury with Egyptian cotton sheets, a Bluetooth sound system and a walk-in shower with massage jets. The 6th-floor restaurant Ático is the ultimate destination for an intimate anniversary dinner, serving fine Spanish cuisine approved by double Michelin-starred chef, Ramón Freixa.

The highlight is La Terraza, a rooftop terrace with a cocktail bar and stunning views of the Metropolis Building’s Beaux Arts architecture. At night, the cypress and olive trees are strung with romantic fairy-lights. The Wellness Suite offers couples massages, while the Madrid & Romance package includes a complimentary buffet breakfast, cava and chocolates in your room, as well as a private session in the hotel sauna. 

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Best Luxury: Hotel Orfila

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Luxury Hotels

The five-star Hotel Orfila offers a serene sanctuary on a quiet residential street within walking distance of El Retiro Park and the vibrant Chueca district. The hotel’s 19th-century façade is matched by the Old World opulence interior, which is defined by Venetian furniture and patterned period wallpaper. Spend your days relaxing in the courtyard garden, amidst lush greenery and tranquil water features.

There are 32 rooms, each one with its own unique decor. For the most luxurious stay, choose a Deluxe Suite with a King-sized bed, a city-view balcony or bow window and a whirlpool bathtub. At El Jardín de Orfila restaurant, savor gourmet Spanish breakfasts. In the evening, gastronomic and tasting menus by double Michelin-starred chef, Mario Sandoval, are an experience in their own right. 

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Best for Nightlife: Hotel Urban

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Contemporary Hotel Urban is ideally located near Plaza Santa Ana, an iconic meeting place famous for its energetic bar scene. The party starts as soon as you arrive, with a welcome drink during check-in and a complimentary bottle of wine in your room. Glass Bar is a trendy spot for champagne and oysters beneath shimmering chandeliers; while rooftop La Terraza del Urban takes over as the place to be in summer. Expect a swimming pool with a view, with cocktails and tapas served until late. In between parties, re-charge with contemporary dining at Cebo Restaurant. All rooms and suites include a marble bathroom, free Wi-Fi and a satellite TV.

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Best for Business: Hotel Hesperia Madrid

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Conveniently close to Madrid-Bajaras Airport, Hotel Hesperia Madrid is also a 15-minute walk from the AZCA financial district. There are eight flexible meeting rooms on-site, while a business center and free W-iFi keep you connected. All rooms include a spacious work desk and a Nespresso coffee machine; and after a long day, a pillow menu and Egyptian cotton sheets ensure a good night’s sleep. The hotel has a fitness room, a massage room and a choice of restaurants, including two Michelin-starred fine-dining venue Sateceloni. After closing a big deal, Scotch Bar is the perfect venue for celebratory drinks with your colleagues.

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Best Hostel: SunGate Hostel

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From SunGate Hostel, you can walk to Plaza Mayor in just six minutes. Choose a private room or a shared dorm, all with adjustable air-conditioning and comfy single beds instead of bunks. The 24-hour reception is manned by friendly staff, while social spaces include a communal lounge and kitchen. With free coffee and churros each morning and a free dinner every night, cooking is optional. You can buy beer at reception for €1 all day long and the hostel staff lead nightly outings to the best local bars. Other perks include free Wi-Fi, free lockers, towels for rent and laundry facilities.