Where to stay in Madrid: hotels by district

Where to stay in Madrid: hotels by district | Telegraph Travel

A neighbourhood guide to the best areas to stay in Madrid, as chosen by our resident expert, including the best hotels on Gran Vía and Paseo del Prado, and in neighbourhoods including Chueca, Salamanca and the Barrio de las Letras.

Gran Vía

The Gran Vía is the main avenue through the centre of the city, cutting through from Plaza de Cibeles to Plaza de España. Always streaming with people and traffic, the street is the very soul of Madrid but may be a bit much for some people. That said, staying here is dead handy for shopping and eating out as you can walk to several neighbourhoods with differing characters in five to 10 minutes, including Chueca, Malasaña and Santa Ana.  

The Principal Madrid

The chic roof terrace at The Principal Madrid, located on Gran Vía, is one of the most coveted spots in Madrid for a drink in summer. Fashionable and fun, the four-star Vincci The Mint is the sort of hotel that forms part of your city break, rather than just being somewhere to sleep. With zingy design, healthy food, naughty cocktails and a spectacular roof terrace, it is totally on trend and fits right into the peppy Madrid vibe. Read expert review

From £ 80 per night

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If you could do with a bit of the zany, zingy energy of an Almodóvar film, you will love the jewel colours and trendy vibe at the Indigo, which is staggering distance from Madrid’s hippest bars. From spring to autumn, take your designer swimwear to hang out with the cool crowd by the rooftop pool. Read expert review

From £ 72 per night

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The Principal is popular with a media and fashion crowd, as well as anyone who wants to be able to walk everywhere. With comfortable rooms and a calm colour scheme, it is a handy haven in the heart of the city and the chic roof terrace is one of the most coveted spots in Madrid for a drink in summer. Read expert review

From £ 161 per night

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Plaza de España

This vast square forms the axis between the Gran Vía and the western edge of the centre. Staying here, you are near the major sights and shops but can also delve into a less touristy side of the city. You can walk to the Royal Palace and the soothing Oeste Park in less than 10 minutes, or stroll up the hill into the arty Conde Duque area, where there is a massive cultural centre and some great tapas bars. Also nearby is the Argüelles neighbourhood, with high-street shops including El Corte Inglés department store.

Dear Hotel Madrid

The Dear is in a handy location near to the Plaza de España The four-star Dear is a new designer hotel in a handy downtown location in Madrid. There are a lot of luxe touches in the stylish, comfortable rooms, some of which have sweeping views of the city. Read expert review

From £ 94 per night

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The five-star Meliá Madrid Princesa is a well-established hotel that is very much part of the fabric of the city. With comfortable, modern rooms, superb service and a location that is handy but not manically busy, it suits frequent travellers who need a hotel with guaranteed standards throughout. Read expert review

From £ 52 per night

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The classically-decorated, three-star Casón del Tormes is renowned for its warm atmosphere and, while not super luxurious, rooms are comfortable and rates are usually very reasonable. It is located in a central part of Madrid, within walking distance of shops and sights. Read expert review

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Madrid de Los Austrias

The oldest area of the city, around the Plaza Mayor, is characterised by its slate-spired buildings built during the reign of the Habsburg monarchs in the 16th and 17th centuries. Walking around the evocative lanes of the neighbourhood – where there is a wealth of traditional and modern bars, restaurants and cafés – is one of the best experiences in the city. The Royal Palace, San Miguel deli market, the shops around Puerta del Sol and the Rastro flea market are a few minutes’ away on foot.

The Hat, Madrid

See the slate-spired buildings in the Madrid de los Austrias district from the groovy roofotp of The Hat This inn in the oldest and most atmospheric part of Madrid is now a chic three-star hotel where contemporary style blends smoothly with traditional architecture. A great on-site tapas bar and an informal vibe make La Posada del Dragón an attractive option if you like places with distinctive character. Read expert review

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A traditional inn set around a courtyard is now a smart four-star boutique hotel that is full of character and has a relaxed vibe. With romantic rooms at reasonable rates and a buzzing tapas bar and restaurant, Posada del León de Oro is a really special place to stay and could only exist in Madrid. Read expert review

From £ 53 per night

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The Hat Madrid, Spain

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The Hat hikes up the standard of Madrid hostels with the style of a boutique hotel and lots of good ideas for a comfortable, fun stay without paying silly prices. Sights, shops and restaurants are on the doorstep and there is a groovy bar up on the roof. Unsurprisingly, it attracts all ages. Read expert review

From £ 14 per night

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Chueca and Salesas

The downtown grid of narrow streets – the gay hub of Madrid – is packed with bars and boutiques and is lively both day and night. The Gran Vía is just down the road and it is a pleasant stroll through the centre to the Plaza Mayor or the museums along the Paseo del Prado. Fernando VI and Barquillo streets form the border between Chueca and the more upscale Salesas area. Staying here, you will feel part of the fashionable crowd without even trying.

Only You Boutique Hotel Madrid

Only You Boutique Hotel has a great location in the thumping barrio of Chueca Credit: Vicent Mari Get over the slightly incongruous name of this beautiful boutique hotel and you’ll find effortless interior design, stylish bedrooms and a great location in the thumping barrio of Chueca. Read expert review

From £ 127 per night

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The Urso is a smart five-star boutique hotel in a chic area of Madrid, with lovely original features, a stylish Natura Bissé spa, and light and bright rooms, near the trendy Malasaña and Chueca districts. It offers a great dining experience too, with a rota of visiting top chefs. Read expert review

From £ 133 per night

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Contemporary, minimalist design, combined with larger-than-average rooms, a trendy rather than touristy location and amazingly reasonable rates make the new Eurostars Central a top choice for weekend breaks, business trips and family stays for people who don’t need lots of facilities. Read expert review

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Barrio de las Letras

Plaza Santa Ana is the hub of the Barrio de Las Letras – the literary quarter – where Madrid’s first theatres sprang up in courtyards more than four centuries ago. It still has a bit of a bohemian vibe and is packed with bars, restaurants and small independent shops. This is a great area for your first time in the city, as you are in a lively, traditional neighbourhood and can walk to the major museums and the shops around Puerta del Sol in less than 10 minutes.

ME Reina Victoria Madrid

ME Reina Victoria has a prime location on the Plaza Santa Ana in downtown Madrid, at the opposite end of the square to the Teatro Español, Spain’s national theatre Credit: Copyright © Meliá Hotels 2014/Thierry Delsart The ME Madrid is a buzzy, smart hotel in an excellent location with a bit of fun thrown into the mix. Handily located in downtown Madrid, the purple-dominated interiors have a distinctly disco feel. Bedrooms are luxurious with sumptuous beds (duck feather pillows), and the hip bar has a DJ. Read expert review

From £ 136 per night

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Ever fancied sleeping in a theatre? At the Casual Madrid del Teatro you can – almost – as the décor is inspired by musicals and plays. This is a fun, no-frills option right in the city centre that would suit families or groups of friends who don’t want to blow the budget on accommodation. Read expert review

From £ 51 per night

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Located on a buzzing square in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barrio de las Letras is the stylish Room Mate Alicia. One of Spain's most coveted interior designers, Pascua Ortega, transformed the 20th-century industrial building into a light-filled space, which is now a favourite among fashion and media types. Read expert review

From £ 65 per night

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Paseo del Prado

If you plan to spend your days in the major museums, it is not a bad idea to stay on or around the Paseo del Prado, so you can nip back easily to rest your feet. There’s Centro Centro at the top end on Plaza de Cibeles, then the Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado and CaixaForum, with the Reina Sofia at the Atocha end. You might want to take in the Naval and Decorative Arts museums too. Staying here, you can also escape into the nearby Retiro Park and dive into the Barrio de Las Letras to explore the tapas bars in the evening.

Hotel Ritz, Madrid

Madrid's Hotel Ritz is next door to the Prado and a few minutes’ walk from the Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums Expect classic luxury at every turn at Hotel Ritz Madrid. Sumptuous carpets made down the road at the Royal Tapestry Factory ensure that every step you take is in cushioned comfort. Read expert review

From £ 261 per night

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Madrid’s Westin Palace brings traditional glamour and sumptuous comfort to the heart of the Spanish capital. Overlooking the Plaza de Neptuno, it offers easy access to the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. Huge and ornate, with 467 spacious rooms and suites, marble bathrooms, deep carpets and comfy, regal beds. Read expert review

From £ 204 per night

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Dazzling design and a clubby vibe combine to make the Only YOU Atocha the new fashionable place to stay in Madrid. Smart rooms, great food and a sense of space create a contemporary luxe environment where guests might just forget to leave the hotel all weekend. Read expert review

From £ 111 per night

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Salamanca

The grid of tree-lined streets and broad avenues of the elegant Salamanca district contain the city’s smartest shops and quite a few of its top restaurants. While Goya is more high street, Serrano, Ortega y Gasset, Lagasca and Claudio Coello are distinctly high end. Regular visitors to Madrid often choose this area for the discreet luxe vibe of the hotels plus easy access to the airport.

Hotel Único Madrid

The Único is on one of Madrid’s most exclusive streets in the swish Salamanca district Tótem exudes discreet urban chic, following the example of the Urso, its sister hotel in Madrid. The elegant building occupies one of the most upmarket corners in the city, with a decadent bar and laid-back restaurant, and looks set to become a favourite of well-heeled locals as well as Madrid regulars. Read expert review

From £ 104 per night

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Housed in an elegant 19th-century building, it is all about good design and great service with no daft gimmicks, which is a bit of a relief these days. With Ramon Freixa Madrid, one of the best restaurants in Spain, on the premises, the Único is a favourite for gourmet travellers. Read expert review

From £ 169 per night

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A rooftop pool and sundeck, elegant contemporary décor, a discreetly smart location near the best shops and easy airport access all add up to making the four-star NH Collection Colón a top choice for regular visitors to Madrid. Having the Platea gastronomic hub right next door is a big plus too. Read expert review

From £ 80 per night

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