- Style Minimalist Madrileño mansion
- Setting Mid-Madrid Retiro Park-side
Right beside the Puerta de Alcalá and on the northwest corner of Retiro Park, you won’t find a better placed boutique hotel in the Spanish capital than Hospes Madrid. Near the upmarket Barrio de Salamanca and nested in a network of boutique-rich streets, the hotel boasts towering ceilings, oversize wooden doors, and moody modern lighting. You come for the location, but you stay for the style.
Need to know
- Rooms 41, including six suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $211.85 (€155), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (€22) .
- Facilities Spa with Jacuzzi, hammam, gym, and hair salon, library, free WiFi throughout, valet parking (€35 a day, plus VAT). In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, Korres toiletries.
- Poolside The Bodyna Spa has a slender, white-tiled hydrotherapy pool, bathed in soothing candlelight.
- Check–out Midday. Later check-out depends on availability.
Children Cots are available free; extra beds for older children are €100 a night (plus VAT). Babysitting costs around €15 an hour and should be requested when booking. The hotel will also prepare packed lunches and heat milk/food on request.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Go for one of the Deluxe suites overlooking Retiro Park and the Puerta de Alcalá – these have towering ceilings and a bathroom concealed behind a cunningly designed panel, making the room look deceptively open-plan. The four Duplex Suites have the best views of Madrid, although the bedrooms themselves are up in the eaves so the rooms don’t have the same high-ceilinged grandeur.
- Packing tips Everything’s so nearby even the highest heels won’t prove too problematic, so go all out with the glam footwear. That applies to men too; a lot of the places nearby will turn away chaps toting trainers.
Food and drink at Hospes Madrid
- Hotel restaurant One of the stars in Madrid’s culinary sky, the hotel’s award-winning Senzone restaurant on the ground floor is a striking modernist space dominated by bright whites and charcoal tones. There’s an adjacent tapas bar too.
- Dress code Senzone’s definitely a venue for a wear-a-jacket dining – dress to impress.
- Top table In the summertime, you can fight the Madrid who’s who brigade for a street-side spot at the tapas bar. There’s no preferable table in Senzone, but up in the lounge bar there are a few high tables for two that overlook the hotel’s atrium.
- Last orders Dinner is available until the kitchen closes at 10.30pm. The Cafeteria Senzone serves drinks until 11pm.
- Room service 24-hours.
- Hotel bar The hotel’s mezzanine lounge is an elegant oak-panelled affair, with leather Chesterfields, overhanging art deco reading lamps and modern art on the walls. You can also take drinks outside on the cosy wooden patio.