Before becoming one of Madrid’s most prestigious park-side stays, Hotel Palacio Del Retiro, an Autograph Collection stay, was an aristocratic residence. Constructed in the early 20th century, the 50-room boutique hotel feels like a private family home that’s retained its original details, including Frescoes on the walls throughout the property from artist Julio Romero de Torres.
Other historic features include the grand staircase, which has gorgeous stained glass windows by the renowned Maumèjean company, alongside tiles from Talavera that adorn the walls throughout. Many of the rooms onsite offer views of the park and have details like marble fireplaces, wooden floors, and sleek, contemporary furniture. However, the rooms on the second and third floors are the most noteworthy. For instance, the Presidential Suite on the second floor occupies the former library and feels like walking back in time from the moment you step into it.
With a location within the Jerónimos district, it’s across the road from Madrid’s ‘Central Park’ and is just a quick stroll away from the Prado and other major museums in the city. However, you’re still far enough away from the main action that you’ll still have no noise and lots of privacy.
The hotel has a lovely buffet, everything from ibérico ham rolls to pastries, fruit, and yogurts for breakfast. Smoothies, juices, and other beverages are available alongside an a la carte menu. It’s an incredible way to start your day in the Spanish city.
When craving a quick bite, the onsite bar, dubbed The Suite Bar, serves great cocktails and tapas. It also hosts flamenco performances and live music events all the time, so it’s worth checking out the schedule. The adjoining restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with a menu that includes line-caught hake, delicious salads, and perfectly cooked steaks. If you feel like ordering in, the property offers 24-hour room service.
Hotel Palacio Del Retiro is the perfect option for a centrally located stay near Madrid’s most famous sites. With its deep history, proximity to the park, and chic surroundings, it’s a lovely place to take in the beauty of Madrid.
Location: Madrid, Spain
The vibe: A quiet, park-side retreat in the heart of Madrid’s buzzing city center.
Food + Drink: Palacio El Retiro has one food and beverage space called The Suite Bar. It serves up Mediterranean cuisine alongside house-made cocktails. There is also 24-hour room service available during your stay.
Amenities: Onsite restaurant and bar; fitness center; concierge; room service; spa facilities
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: The rooms, explicitly staying in the Presidential Suite, felt like living in a library since shelves of hundreds of books surround you.
Any Nearby Attractions: El Retiro Park, Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace of Madrid, and the Reina Sofia Museum
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? Across the road from the hotel is El Retiro Park, which is an excellent spot for a morning, evening, or afternoon stroll. The Crystal Palace is stunning; visitors can rent row boats to float on the Great Pond.
Rooms: 50 rooms and suites
Pricing: Rooms start at 450 euros/night.
Closest Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)