COVID may have cramped your style over the past two years, but this is the summer to travel. And Spain is calling. The capital city of Madrid is more than a gateway to Ibiza and Mallorca. This grande-dame destination is the place to be right now, and the city has the hottest hotel openings to prove it. This is your guide to where to stay in Madrid this summer. (Or fall. Or really all year round.)
The Edition is the newest big-player luxury hotel to open in Madrid. Its niche is the chic, modern, and minimalist design that attracts wealthy millennials and the young at heart. The Edition is located in Puerta del Sol, on a historic square that’s in walking distance of some of Madrid’s best museums.
The hotel has 200 rooms and suites, as well as a bustling bar, multiple restaurants, a pool, and a wellness center. The Edition brings the action, along with such striking features as a grand winding staircase. It’s the newest happening place in Madrid — and where to stay in Madrid now if you’re looking for a cool scene.
Rosewood Villa Magna
Rosewood Villa Magna is an elegant hotel in the local neighborhood of Salamanca. The place makes you feel as if you are staying in someone’s home, probably because it was once a private villa that was the scene of a lot of outstanding parties. Although Villa Magna was originally established in 1972, it has undergone a complete overhaul under the Rosewood umbrella. Today, Villa Magna is where chic and attractive locals congregate during the day, often for teas and lunch. It’s one of the best after-work drink scenes in town for sure.
The first floor is a gracious living area with fireplaces and cozy nooks where you can sit for hours. The atmosphere? Understated elegance. This is where to stay in Madrid if you’re trying to avoid the crowds of tourists.
The Four Seasons
As one of the first true luxury-hotel chains, The Four Seasons has long been synonymous with the highest quality of service and comfort. It is the option for international travelers who want to be close to the main attractions while enjoying a high level of service and quiet pampering. The hotel has a sublime rooftop pool and a signature Four Seasons spa to unwind after a day of meetings or sightseeing.
Even if you don’t spend the night, don’t miss one of the highlights here: the rooftop restaurant, Dani. It is the newest venture by Spanish celebrity chef Dani García, combining Andalusian dishes with Michelin-starred specialties. Madrid is known for its impressive art, which the Four Seasons integrates throughout the hotel. The collection, carefully placed throughout the building, features nearly 1,500 pieces by both well-known and emerging artists from Spain.
Hotel Urso is the locals’ luxury hotel. But here you can also find mostly Spanish tourists exploring their own country. The rooms are some of the most generously sized in the city, and yet the rates won’t break the bank. Although it isn’t located in a neighborhood of any particular note, some of the most notable areas in Madrid are only a 10-minute walk away. The service and hospitality is very Spanish — warm and thoughtful — and there are multiple dining options that specialize in Madrilenian gastronomy. It’s another great option if you want to get away and really immerse yourself in the culture.
The Mandarin Oriental Ritz
Hands down one of the grandest hotels in Madrid, this historic and opulent building was made even better through recent renovations by the Mandarin Oriental team. Over the past 100-plus years, royalty, dignitaries, and other distinguished guests have come to visit. No matter if you’re a tourist or a long-time Madrileño, visiting the gardens of the Ritz for afternoon tea never gets old. The hotel is located near most of the major museums and right by the Parque de El Retiro. In addition to first-class dining options and a decadent champagne bar, Pictura is a new elegant café that may well become one of the hottest night spots in Madrid.
BLESS Hotel Madrid
The BLESS Hotel Madrid is in Salamanca, not far from the Rosewood. This is where to stay in Madrid if you’re looking for a young, fresh take on luxury that keeps things relatively affordable. The hotel is lively, with over 100 rooms, a happening rooftop bar, and a fun restaurant scene. It opened just a few years back, so rooms and amenities are all updated. There’s a rooftop infinity pool that is a chill scene during the day…great for people-watching and taking in the Madrid skyline.