Madrid is not only the capital of Spain but also a cultural hub that draws visitors in from around the world. With taste bud tantalising cuisine, art and design museums galore as well as a vibrant nightlife, you will need a suitably trendy hotel to return to after a long day experiencing the delights of the city. Here at H&L we have found 5 trendy hotels in Madrid that will enhance your weekend escape.
Barceló Torre de Madrid
Having only opened in January of this year there is a new icon in the heart of Madrid – Barceló Torre de Madrid. Situated in the Plaza de España, in the capital’s popular theatre district and overlooking Gran Via, it is a great option for couples wanting to be close to the action and connect with the city like a local. The hotel boasts individually designed bedrooms with state of the art technology and large windows offering superb views of calle Princesa, Gran Via and the Royal Palace.
Double rooms at Barceló Torre de Madrid start from €360 per night. Rates are based on two sharing Deluxe Room with views of the Royal Palace and Gran Via Street. Room only basis. For more information please visit www.barcelo.com
NH Collection Suecia
The 5-star NH Collection Madrid Suecia hotel is in a prime location. Situated in the heart of the city’s historic centre, right next to the Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid cultural center, and near to Madrid’s most original and upcoming neighbourhoods of Chueca, Huertas, and Malasaña- NH Collection Madrid Suecia is trendy with a capital ‘T’. The hotel was originally opened in 1956 and served as Ernest Hemingway’s Madrid home which in itself is a pretty cool claim to fame. Skip forward to the present day and it is a modern yet charming hotel blending the past with the future. Guests can enjoy spectacular views of the city and the surrounding mountains from Ático Casa Suecia, the terrace on the hotel rooftop, while savouring a cocktail. For something to eat or drink explore the unique proposals and spaces of Casa Suecia or the Hemingway cocktail bar.
For more information please visit www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-collection-madrid-suecia
The Principal Madrid
This contemporary boutique hotel in the centre of Madrid exudes the cosmopolitan style and sophistication the cultural city is famed for. Located on the edge of the fashionable Gran Vía, the hotel is the perfect spot from which to enjoy this buzzing neighbourhood. Inside the 76 rooms and suites feature high ceilings and huge windows, a nod to the hotels turn-of-the century heritage. On the sixth floor sits the hotel’s restaurant Ático, which offers classic Spanish flavours with a contemporary twist in an ultra-modern setting overseen by double Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa. After their meal guests can head to the Terazza – a lush urban garden and rooftop bar which boasts views of Madrid like no other, standing taller than any other hotel bar in Madrid.
Rooms from £161 per room per night. For more information please visit www.slh.com
Set in the heart of Madrid’s Barrio de Salamanca district – one of the city’s best-loved areas, TOTEM opened its doors just last year. The hotel is the meeting place of culture, gastronomy, leisure and fashion – a new icon in the heart of the Spanish capital. Totem’s 64 boutique bedrooms have plenty of natural light and hotel interiors are refined and elegant with original features – including the original staircase – and plenty of contemporary touches. The hotel’s restaurant and cocktail bar Hermosos y Malditos is inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s legendary novel ‘The Beautiful and The Damned’, transporting guests back in time to the Roaring Twenties. From the décor and waiters in period dress, to clever references found in the menu, touches of the 1920s can be found everywhere. The ‘Beautiful’ is found in the luminous restaurant, serving delicious Mediterranean dishes. Meanwhile, the ‘Damned’ is encapsulated by the cocktail bar, where the magic unfolds after dark and the city’s best DJs take to the decks…
Stays at TÓTEM, Madrid start from €145 per room per night based on two sharing on a B&B basis. For more information please visit http://www.totem-madrid.com/hotel/lujo-en-movimiento
Urso Hotel & Spa
Built as a 19th-century royal palace by architect José María Mendoza Ussía, the building was later the headquarters for the Spanish Paper Industry, then a lawyer’s office, before it started a new lease of life as one of Madrid’s most luxe hotels. Traces of the past remain; stained glass, wooden banisters, antique lifts and a Neoclassical façade, but light-filled interiors keep things fresh, as do modern lamps, classic sofas and a soft palette. An enormous L-shaped lounge sprawls across the ground floor, lined with antique books on Madrid. 78 rooms are elegant with tall windows and marble bathrooms and, on the lower ground floor, a Natura Bissé spa is the perfect place to relax. Located in the trendy Malasaña district there’s plenty to do nearby; shopping, exploring Madrid’s Golden Triangle, checking out local food markets or tasting Churros from the famous Chocolatería San Ginés.
Prices available from £136 per night based on two sharing a Double Urso Room on a B&B basis. Book via www.i-escape.com