The Best Boutique Hotels in Madrid

Madrid is having a moment — a clutch of new hotels have been popping up left and right. As your boutique hotel gurus, we’ve rounded up our favorite stays in the Spanish capital. 

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Hotel Urban

5 Stars | Website | Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport

102 | Outdoor swimming pool; Fitness center; Bar | 1

Reina Sofia Museum; The Museum of Contemporary Art-Madrid; Plaza Mayor

A member of Design Hotels, this 96-key boutique stay’s glass and steel façade sticks out amongst Madrid’s plethora of baroque buildings. The art here draws from around the world: eighteenth-century Chinese portraits, Hindu figurines from the epoch of yesteryear, plus totems from Papua New Guinea sprinkle the premises. Stay here in the summer and you’ll be privy to the outdoor swimming pool and solarium.

Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection Hotel

5 Stars | Website | Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport

49 | Outdoor terrace; Free WiFi; Bar | 1

Bridge of Alcalá; Plaza de Cibeles; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

A mansion-turned-hotel that once was owned by the Duke of Santo Mauro, this luxe stay imbues the regality of its past. Communal spaces here show off an antiquarian décor that promises centuries-old vestiges. Artful repurposing serves as a design theme here: architects transformed erstwhile stables into guestrooms and the duke’s former library into a restaurant. Its central location in Madrid’s Chamberí neighborhood makes it a short walk from the city’s iconic Retiro Park.

Ocean Drive Madrid

4 Stars | Website | Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport

72 | Outdoor swimming pool; Free WiFi; Bar | 1

Plaza de Santa Ana; Temple of Debod; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Ocean Drive Madrid sits in the metropolis’ central Plaza Isabel II, a skip away from Teatro Real. Here, uncluttered Scandi-tinged rooms surprise guests with trappings such as assemblages of Taschen books, photo printers, and beer taps. A chiringuito-esque restaurant, tapas bar, co-working space, plus rooftop pool & bar looking out at the plaza prove the hotel is multi-faceted.

7 Islas Hotel

4 Stars | Website | Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport

79 | Free WiFi; Room service; Bar | 1

Plaza Mayor; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum; Sabatini Gardens

Half gallery, half hotel, the family-run 7 Islas Hotel sports a décor encapsulating an art gallery that occupies an industrial warehouse. Polished-concrete floors, whitewashed walls, and heaps of art from domestic and international artists make up the lobby. Uncluttered furnishings redolent of Picasso sculptures span throughout, with many of them assembled with upcycled aviation parts and different types of wood. Its placement in Triball — a hipster microcosm within the already-trendy Malsaña neighborhood — sees it rub shoulders with some of Madrid’s coolest bars & independent boutiques.

The Madrid EDITION

5 Stars | Website | Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport

200 | Spa and wellness centre; Breakfast included; Bar | 2

Sabatini Gardens; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum; Plaza de Cibeles

Set near Puerta de Sol in the nucleus of the Spanish capital, this clean-lined, contemporary stay welcomes guests via its juxtaposing 18th-century baroque entrance. The lobby sports bespoke sofas, upcycled bronze stools from Maison Intègre, and a pool table blueprinted under the talents of designer Emmanuel Levet Stenne, among other trappings. Renowned Mexican chef Enrique Olvera heads culinary efforts at Jerónimo, the hotel’s ground-floor restaurant (the mezcal and masa program here is top-tier). And then, Madrid’s first-ever pisco bar Oroya sits alongside the hotel’s rooftop pool, serving a Peruvian fare menu, from sea bass ceviche to fried papas rellenas croquettes.

The Principal Madrid

5 Stars | Website | Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport

76 | Fitness center; Room service; Bar | 1

Puerta de Alcalá; Plaza Mayor; El Retiro Park

A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member located on a prominent block lining the city’s most famous thoroughfare Gran Via, The Principal Madrid is a 76-key boutique stay under the helm of Spanish hotelier, Pau Guardans. While Spanish Renaissance-style on the outside, interiorly, newly implemented modern touches meld with 1917-original Art Deco- and Art Nouveau stylings, which come into existence through arched doorways, towering ceilings, and iron railings, among other features. Make sure to grab dinner at the hotel’s chic sixth-floor restaurant & bar by chef Ramòn Frieza, Ático (sweeping views of Gran Via are also on the menu here).  

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