Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Hidden behind the facade of an early 20th-century building that rises above the Madrid skyline, The Principal at times feels more like an exclusive London club than a 76-room luxury hotel. From its dark, elegant décor to the Solarium offering panoramic views of the city, The Principal consistently impresses; and, with a restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa, and a rooftop cocktail bar popular with Madrid’s media and fashion set, its not hard to see why The Principal is quickly becoming one of the city’s hottest spots.
After enjoying a few pre-dinner cocktails while watching the sun set over the skyline of Madrid from La Terraza rooftop bar, head to the Ático restaurant on the hotel’s sixth floor, where Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa serves informal, yet still brilliantly executed, dishes, such as octopus with Iberian pancetta or Galician Veal cachopo.
Rooms are elegantly styled in shades of grey and black, and bathrooms are attractively tiled. A number of rooms have outstanding views, with the pricier rooms tending to have better views and more floor space.
It’s no secret that we love rooftop terraces here at Chic Retreats, and the one at The Principal impresses. Bask in the Spanish sunshine on one of the deckchairs on the Solarium, surrounded by cypress and olive trees, with a gurgling ornamental pool and stunning 360˚ views of Madrid. Treat yourself to one of the massages on range at the Wellness Suite, or hop into the steamy sauna for a proper detox.
The Principal Madrid is located at the intersection of two of the city’s grandest streets, Alcalá and Gran Vía, and as such is surrounded by many of Madrid’s most recognisable landmarks such as the Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Cervantes Institute. Some of the city’s most famous museums are within walking distance, and the beautiful Retiro Park offers a relaxing green oasis just a short stroll from the hotel.