As the former headquarters of the Mercantile and Industrial Circle of Madrid, Círculo Gran Vía, an Autograph Collection Hotel, has a rich history around every corner. In fact, photographs on the walls throughout the hotel show the history of the building along with the progression of the city. Muted neutral hues mesh effortlessly with jewel tones all around the hotel, making it feel like you stepped into a modern oasis.
However, the real reason the hotel is always booked is due to its location. Walk out the front doors, and you’re right on Gran Via. Since it’s within the heart of the main shopping area in Madrid, you’re within walking distance to most major shops, along with Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid. The adults-only hotel opened in 1924 and was fully renovated in 2017. It’s connected to the Casino De Madrid and features sleek, contemporary furniture and details.
Within the property are 71 rooms, all molded to follow the original shape of the building, so no two are alike. However, within each room, you’ll find different similar furniture in neutral tones, ranging from taupe to metallic. The bigger rooms have gorgeous terraces, but each has views of Gran Via, Madrid’s business shopping street, or the hotel’s inner courtyard.
If you’re craving a bite, the hotel has Circulo Mercantil Restaurant, which offers delicious dinner options, ranging from Spanish classics to perfectly cooked steaks. In addition, there is a cute breakfast buffet in the lobby with cheeses, meats, yogurts, and fruits that can be added to the stay for a little extra.
Location: Madrid, Spain
The Vibe: A contemporary city stay on Madrid’s most iconic shopping street.
Food + Drink: Start and end the day with the onsite breakfast buffet, which features cheeses, meats, yogurts, fruits, and a few warm dishes. For dinner, Circulo Mercantil Restaurant offers perfectly cooked steaks, seafood, and pasta.
Amenities: Adults-only hotel; Free WiFi; 24-hour Concierge; Room service
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: The hotel is in the heart of Gran Via, so it’s super easy to get to all your favorite Spanish shops.
5 Nearby Attractions: Museo Nacional del Prado, Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace of Madrid, El Retiro Park, Puerta del Sol.
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? A short walk from the hotel is La Mallorquina, one of the oldest bakeries in Madrid. In addition, Salmon Guru—one of the world’s 50 best bars—has incredible craft cocktails.
Rooms: 71 rooms and suites
Pricing: Rooms start at $450/a night
Closest Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)