Boutique hotels in Madrid

Central Spain

Spain’s capital would gladly fess up to an infectious zest for life. Its urban tapestry is rich and varied: Madrid city breaks can easily flit from exclusive boutiques to bustling Sunday markets and convivial tapas bars, with plenty for culture vultures in masterpiece-filled museums and Rococo palaces. Don’t leave without a taste of its legendary nightlife: come dusk, atmospheric cocktail bars, pulsing beats and dawn-courting nightclubs show the fun-loving stuff the city is made of. From luxury villas to independent retreats, our cherry-picked collection of hotels in Madrid is coming soon.

When to go

Spring and autumn have balmy weather, fewer crowds and fascinating festivals; winter is cold but sunny and a good time to hit the museums. Avoid August, when all Madrileños worth their salt are at the beach.

Food & Drink

At the heart of Spain’s culinary renaissance, Madrid tantalises with traditional tapas bars, fusion restaurants and fine-dining temples to gastronomy. It’s not all suckling pig, fiery chorizo and tender cuts of lamb, though: vegetarian eateries are on the rise, alongside sleek new haunts showcasing the best of Spain’s fabulous produce. Sip on tinto de verano, a mixture of red wine and ice-cold lemonade that’s far more refreshing than sangria.

Not to miss

Cultural centre Círculo de Bellas Artes is a stalwart of Madrid’s arts scene. Climb to its popular rooftop bar for sweeping city views.

Nightlife

Prepare for permanent jet lag: Madrileños sit down for dinner around 10pm, leaving bars and clubs deserted until well after midnight and buzzing until the small hours of the morning. Don’t skip the afternoon’s siesta: you’ll need the energy to take in every barrio’s distinct atmosphere, from Malasaña’s boho cafés to Chueca’s raucous dens of iniquity.

Where to stay in Madrid

Steps away from trendy shops and lively bars, city-centre Gran Via is a hotspot for chic digs in luxury hotels. For a quieter scene, head to El Madrid de Los Austrias (the oldest part of the city), where slate-spired Plaza Mayor is a photogenic backdrop for rustic restaurants and boutique hideaways.

How to get there

Charmatin and Atocha train stations have good links to Spain’s major cities, as well as France and Portugal. Madrid–Barajas Airport serves daily flights to domestic destinations and most international hubs.

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