Best Luxury Hotels In Madrid

Elegant, vibrant and bustling, the capital city of Spain is a discoverable gem peppered with world-class museums and galleries alongside both modern and traditional bars and restaurants. Famed for its late-night culture (thanks to likes of Dali and Hemingway), effervescent energy and fast pace, the best way to experience the city is to flow through it. Like a pebble being carried downstream, allow yourself to be moved through the baroque paths, street markets and open green spaces without resistance.

The best way to do this is via ‘La Marcha’ a local custom that involves moving from one bar to another, getting a drink (often Vermouth) and a tapa before moving to the next, sampling different styles as the night goes by. Those in the know start at the north end of the Plaza before winding through the many narrow bar-filled streets – the perfect way to immerse yourself in the culture and while away an evening. 

Here are our favourite 5 star and luxury hotels to stay at in the city.

UMusic Hotel Madrid (5 Star)

UMusic Hotel Madrid, located just a few steps from the Puerta del Sol, combines accommodation in a five-star hotel with the best entertainment of the refurbished UMusic Hotel Teatro Albéniz. The choice of a renowned and well-known property within the epicentre of the city’s music and entertainment scene is part of UMusic Hotels’ firm commitment to recover a historic building and bring it back to life for the local community. The hotel, boasting 130 guestrooms and suites (including accessible rooms), has undergone careful renovation, elevating it into a distinguished 5-star establishment renowned for its design and comfort across every guestroom and suite.  With two exquisite lobbies, the esteemed “El Albéniz” restaurant, an inviting outdoor swimming pool, and the exclusive rooftop “Nota Alta” offering breathtaking views of Madrid’s skyline, along with well-appointed meeting rooms and direct access to the iconic theatre within, the accommodation sets a new standard of hospitality. This marks an international debut for UMusic Hotels, uniting with other projects across Europe, the United States, and Latin America to craft immersive music-centered experiences. 

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JW Marriott Madrid (5 Star)

Set in a 19th-century building which was once one of the oldest perfumeries in the capital (and retains many original features), the JW Marriott oozes all things fragrance; from the lobby aroma, to the personalised olfactory journey curated for each guest in collaboration with the Spanish Perfume Academy, to wellness treatments and El Patio JW Garden, where many of the botanical and herbaceous ingredients used in the food and drink, are grown. Taste those uber-local flavours in the QÚ restaurant which is headed by the two Michelin-starred chef Mario Sandoval. The JW Marriott is a place to immerse in some of Madrid’s history and discover a unique part of its heritage.

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The Thompson Madrid (5 Star)

The Thompson Madrid is located on Calle De La Montera, which connects the city’s famed main square, Puerta del Sol, to the theatres, cinemas, and boutiques of the lively Gran Via Street. The hotel combines traditional Madrid architecture with Thompson Hotels’ contemporary style and comprises 175 guest bedrooms and suites which have floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces. Guests can enjoy three different dining concepts including the all-day bakery and bistro and the Rooftop, which as you may have guessed, alongside creative cocktails boasts stunning views across the city. The rooftop infinity pool, is the place to relax and the open-air courtyard, fitness centre, and 24-hour boutique are all available for guests to use at their leisure.

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The Madrid EDITION (5 Star)

The 200 bedroom Madrid EDITION follows the launch of the brand’s Barcelona property back in 2018. Encapsulating the city’s spirit and essence, the fashionable interiors are by Ian Schrager Company, with unique pieces crafted using salvaged and recycled materials, along with rich fabrics and artistic handicrafts. There are two restaurants; Jerónimo, and the rooftop Oroya serving Peruvian-influenced fare, as well as a seductively decorated nightclub and atmospheric bars. Just across from the very centre of the country (Kilometre Zero) EDITION offers views of a 16th-century Royal Monastery and close access to the city’s highlights. Stay in the hotel’s top room – Madrid Penthouse – for a private infinity pool and eight-seater marble dining table. Read our expert review here.

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Rosewood Villa Magna (5 Star)

Villa Magna, a historic treasure located on Madrid’s most coveted boulevard is reborn as the capital’s leading luxury hotel. Located between the distinguished Salamanca neighbourhood and Paseo de la Castellana number 22, Rosewood Villa Magna is writing a new chapter in its story with the international hotel group Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. The Rosewood Villa Magna is located in an unbeatable setting, an enclave for shopping, business, gastronomy, and art. With easy access to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the so-called ”Landscape of Light” (of El Prado and El Retiro), declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rosewood Villa Magna has four distinct concepts offering guests and locals alike a variety of gastronomic offerings at any time of the day. The property has 101 rooms and 53 suites that embody the hotel’s refined, residential style. Read our expert review here.

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The Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid (5 Star)

The gilt, palms and fan-shaped mirrors of the Mandarin Oriental Ritz make clear the Art Deco influence on the decor. It’s the work of French designers Gilles and Boissier, who have augmented this loose theme with lashings of modern opulence. The building dates back to the Belle Epoque era of 1910, but underwent a recent grand refurbishment, giving the 153 rooms a new lease of luxurious life. Opt for the higher-end suites to receive dedicated butler service (although all guests receive VIP treatment). The Mandarin has five venues in which to eat and drink, including the glamorous Champagne Bar and the contemporary Deessa fine dining restaurant, offering gourmet dishes. 

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Four Seasons Madrid (5 Star)

This hotel had an unenviable opening date in September 2020 during one of the toughest periods ever for hospitality. Yet this hasn’t prevented the stunning new hotel in Plaza de Canalejas from becoming a huge success. A total of seven historic buildings were brought together over an eight-year refurbishment period to form the Four Seasons in Madrid. The results are impressive – a four-level spa (arguably the best in the city) with a dreamy indoor pool, a massive art collection, a lobby eatery, a gastro bar and a stunning rooftop restaurant. Many of the buildings’ original features have been maintained adding to the now single building’s authenticity. 

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BLESS Hotel Madrid (5 Star)

The 111-rooms BLESS Madrid Hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and the flagship of a new collection of properties from Palladium Hotel Group. BLESS includes urban, as well as resort properties. It features striking interior design by Lázaro Rosa-Violán; cuisine by the celebrated Spanish chef, Martin Berasategui, including his new Etxeko Madrid restaurant, spacious guest rooms and suites with bespoke ‘blessed beds’, the Magness Soulful Spa and Fitnic Power Gym. There are alluring public places to meet and share good times including the Versus Lively Lounge, a buzzing lobby bar & restaurant, the Fetén Clandestine Bar, in the basement, complete with a bowling alley and the Picos Pardos Sky Lounge. Read our expert review here.

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Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Madrid (5 Star)

The Hotel Santo Mauro is a 19th-century luxurious hotel in the heart of Madrid. It has recently undergone renovations with new and improved interior design. The hotel offers a unique experience – it was the residence of Duke of Santo Mauro, an influential figure in shaping Madrid’s 19th-century society. It neighbours the district of Chamberi and has a 1,000 square metres garden offering the beautiful scents of rose bushes and horse chestnuts. The lavish restaurant was formerly the library and with a suite of meeting rooms, Santo Mauro is popular with business travellers. Additionally, the five-star hotel has a Chinese Lounge and a Gin bar where you can relax after a long day of Spanish sightseeing. Read our expert review here.

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Dear Hotel Madrid (4 Star)

The Dear Hotel offers astonishing views over the Gran Via and the Plaza de Espana Avenue. The hotel is near to metro stops such as Plaza Espana and only a few minutes walk to shopping areas, nightlife areas, and restaurants. All of the hotel’s 162 rooms provide spectacular views to the Plaza de Espana or the Gran Via. The hotel has a restaurant, a lounge, 360 degrees sights, and a sky pool to provide an elegant and comfortable stay. Read our expert review here.

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Urso Hotel (5 Star)

The Urso Hotel is found in the Chueca district, neighbouring the Chamberi and Tribunal areas. The Urso is a 20th-century building which incorporates modern décor and architectural designs. It’s a stylish boutique property and is close to embassy buildings, restaurants, and bars. It has over 78 rooms and offers amenities such as a spa, swimming pool, lounge bar, and fitness centre. Enjoy top-class tapas and wine at Urso’s on-site eatery Media Ración, or dine in The Conservatory, where the outdoors is brought elegantly indoors. Read our expert review here.

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Only You Boutique Hotel (4 Star)

The Only You Boutique Hotel in Chueca on the Calle del Barquillo in the centre of Madrid features award-winning interior design from Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Housed in what was once a palace, it offers an effortlessly stylish contemporary luxury experience with vintage touches. Only You has a Thai-style spa, Mediterranean lounge, its own YOUnique restaurant and a British cocktail bar, the only one in the city to have collaborated with Veuve Clicquot. The hotel is centrally located in one of the hippest suburbs near the best bars, restaurants and trendiest boutiques in the city. Read our expert review here.

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The Principal Madrid Hotel (5 Star)

Stay on the Gran Via just a 12-minute walk from the Prado Museum, where sun-drenched landscaped terraces, stunning views, a wellness centre, delectable cocktails and intuitive cuisine await. This characterful hotel, part of the international and chic Principal chain, has 76 bright and airy rooms including whirlpool tubs, designed to make you feel right at home. The colour palette mixes neutrals, with darker shades and accents of rich colour in the public areas. Tuck into haute cuisine by Chef Ramón Freixa and sip cocktails from a lounger on the roof, with panoramic views of the region.

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Hotel Palacio Del Retiro, Autograph Collection (5 Star)

Another property from a well-known chain, Autograph Collection’s Hotel Palacio Del Retiro is a 50-room boutique hotel. The building is just over 100 years old, having been re-imagined into its current form, from its original purpose as a grand home. Its location in the city’s magical art triangle is reflected in the eclectic design, fusing traditional Spanish style with contemporary simplicity. The Suite Bar serves light snacks and elaborate Mediterranean dishes, while the spa’s extensive menu provides everything from ayurvedic treatments to massage lessons, to fitness counselling. Guests can relax in the plunge pools and therapy baths and even get married in the hotel.

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Relais & Chateaux Heritage Madrid Hotel (5 Star)

Relais and Chateaux handpick the finest international properties, each with its own personality, individuality and renowned gastronomy. The Heritage Madrid is situated in the heart of Madrid, on the leafy Barrio de Salamanca, a pleasant stroll away from the boating lake. Designed by Lorenzo Castillo, the style is somewhere between a stately home and a hip boutique hotel. The 46 rooms each have hardwood or parquet flooring, jacuzzis and many of the suites boast balconies. A meal at chef Mario Sandoval’s Restaurant Haroma is a must, with a choice of executive, tasting and hunting menus, as well as high tea and brunch.

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The Westin Palace, Madrid (5 Star)

A Marriott wellness hotel, The Westin Palace is a natural choice for spa breaks. The large 470 roomed building was commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912 and is found on the famed Art Walk. The decor is grand: gilt, chandeliers, period features and splashes of regal purple and green abound. Bedrooms have a distinct Belle Epoque influence with stunning original oil paintings – book the Royal Suite for coveted views of the Netuno Fountain, a library/office, jetted tub, sauna and Bang and Olufsen built-in stereo. Dine at La Rotonda, with its incredible stained-glass cupola, or opt for Oriental cuisine at Asia Galley. If seeking a lighter meal, guests can enjoy sushi at Green T.

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Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá – The Leading Hotels of the World (5 Star)

The Hotel Gran Melia Palacio Los Duques is found in the refined Hasburg district, a short distance from The Royal Palace, Opera House and Cathedral. This modern resort is housed in a 13th-century convent and a 19th-century palace. It’s a popular choice for families, with 160 spacious rooms and a babysitting service. There’s also a valet, concierge, four eateries, 24-hour room service, a translation service, private tours, personal shoppers, a spa, a fitness centre and a lush peaceful garden. Plush textiles, period features and geometric patterns all merge to create a contemporary urban vibe. The hotel is a member of the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts, and part of the wider Melia Group.

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VP Plaza España Design (5 Star)

The flagship hotel of the VP chain, Plaza Espana Design prides itself on the unique design of its 214 rooms and mesmerising contemporary art. Minimalist in style with clean lines, the decor by Cuarto Interior, is award-winning. But there are plenty more reasons to stay here – the views, the spa, the sky bar and the stunning pool being just a few. The 12th-floor Ginko Restaurant provides wonderful vistas and the ideal spot for a sundowner, while the uber-modern spa is quintessential for urban relaxation. 1400 metres squared of meeting spaces ensure the Plaza Espana Design is regularly frequented by business travellers too.

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Hotel NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa (5 Star)

Originally designed by Juan de Villanueva (whose other work included the iconic Prado Museum), this 18th-century mansion house has been given new and stylish interiors by the NH Collection. The brand is skilled at preserving the charm of heritage buildings while infusing a playful trendiness and this is no exception — an especially nice touch are the glass-covered exhibits on the ground floor. Single bedrooms through to family suites can be booked, there are 85 rooms in total, with those on the top floor providing skylights and wooden cathedral ceilings. The hotel is surrounded by theatres and other points of interest.

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