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Madrid is the heart of Spain and a vibrant city that beckons travellers from all over the world. Home to a rich history, world-class museums, stunning architecture, lively nightlife, and incredible cuisine, the capital of Spain has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art lover, a foodie, or just looking to let your hair down, Madrid has something special to offer. With its diverse neighbourhoods and friendly locals, Madrid is a great choice for a weekend getaway or a longer stay. Here are our favourite 5-star and luxury hotels in the city to stay at.

Before you choose your favourite luxury hotel in Iceland, read on to learn a little more about this jewel of an emirate destination.

Why Visit: The land of geysers, hot springs, heavy metal, volcanic rock and Bjork makes for an exciting and adventurous holiday destination. With some lunar-like terrain, adrenaline-pumping activities, and plenty of alternative attractions, it has much to offer those of all ages and tastes. Reykjavik is one of the top city break destinations in the world, particularly for the discerning traveller, while further afield, visitors can explore stunning landscapes. The country has a reputation for being open-minded as well as environmentally conscious and its unusual architecture proffers some unique, luxurious, and eco-friendly places to stay.

Who Goes: Due to its remarkable diversity, Iceland caters to a wide spectrum of travellers. Whether your passions lie in nature, wildlife, street art, or luxury experiences, this destination offers something extraordinary for everyone. It’s also a popular destination for solo travellers too.

When to Visit:  As there is so much to do and see no matter what time of year you visit there will be something that captivates you. For outdoor adventures the best time to visit Iceland is between June and August when the weather is at its warmest and the midnight sun emerges. If you’re seeking a glimpse of the spectacular Aurora Borealis, AKA the Northern Lights, then the darker winter months are the time to go.

How to Get There:  Keflavik is the main international airport, and the arrival point for most international travellers to Iceland. It offers meet-and-greet services and a private airport lounge.

Private jets can fly into Keflavik or Reykjavik City Airport, which is the main domestic airport in Iceland.

In the Know: For a spot of whale watching visit Akureyri, it’s said to be the best place to see these majestic marine mammals and known as Iceland’s capital of the Nort, it’s a great city in which to spend a couple of days.

Hotel Selection: The hotels we showcase in this collection have been selected by our editors, contributors, or trusted locals based on personal experience or credible recommendations. From the renowned international resorts to the lesser-known boutiques, each hotel must excel in service, design and facilities.

Marbella, Spain

La Fonda Heritage Hotel, Relais & Châteaux

(5 stars)
At a glance
Ideal forFoodie Fanatics
Amenities Signature Relais & Chateux Restaurant, Bistro Tails Restaurant, Sky Bar Roof Terrace
Style Dreamy Old Town Charm
TLE Recommends: Choose a Heritage Suite and be immersed in 16th century charm With contemporary amenities

La Fonda Heritage Hotel, the elegant Marbella old-town boutique hideaway, is the first and only Relais Châteaux property in Andalucia. This 20-room property is on the charming and tranquil Plaza Santo Cristo square, surrounded by historic buildings. Fine dining is of course a hallmark of any Relais Châteaux experience, and La Fonda Heritage Hotel is no exception. Its signature Jane Restaurant, with Executive Chef Pascal Silman leading the team, offers a refined experience in the unique setting of a former chapel, with a menu inspired by Andalucia, using local and regional ingredients in creative ways. Los Patios de La Fonda is the hotel’s informal bistro space for breakfast, as well as daytime snacks and early evening tapas and cocktails, while the sky bar is a spacious roof terrace with views across the old town to the Mediterranean.

Read our expert review here.

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La Fonda Heritage Hotel, Relais & Châteaux

Centro, Madrid

Urso Hotel

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.

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Urso Hotel

Gran Via, Centro

Dear Hotel Madrid

(4 stars)

Luxury Escapes Exclusive Deal – 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-degree sights, and a sky pool to provide an elegant and comfortable stay.

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Dear Hotel Madrid

Madrid, Spain

BLESS Madrid Hotel

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.

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BLESS Madrid Hotel

Madrid, Spain

The Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

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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The Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

Centro, Madrid

The Madrid EDITION

The new 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.

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The Madrid EDITION

Centro, Madrid

The Thompson Madrid

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 Thompson Madrid

JW Marriott Madrid

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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JW Marriott Madrid

New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

Test Hotel

(5 stars)

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