Madrid, Spain

Barcelo Torre de Madrid

Rates from (ex tax)$209.41

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Mid-century Madrid

Setting

Sixties skyscraper

Housed in the first nine floors of an iconic concrete tower – once the title-holder of 'tallest in the world' – on Madrid's bustling Gran Vía, boutique hotel Barceló Torre de Madrid has been internally revamped by top Spanish designer Jaime Hayón. He favours retro tones of berry and avocado, curves instead of corners, and playful artwork. You’d be forgiven for thinking the lobby was home to a certain fictional, American advertising agency; however, this boutique hotel houses a restaurant with distinct moods for different times of day: Spanish market-style for breakfast and lunch, and an glamorous global atmosphere at dinner. An indoor pool with a view has been added to the eighth floor too, so while the tower may no longer be the loftiest-of-all, it's still living the high-life.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

258, including 31 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $209.41 (€177), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (the lavish buffet is €25 for adults and half price for children).

Also

Guests staying in suites have access to an exclusive executive lounge, where drinks and nibbles are available throughout the day.

At the hotel

Spa, fitness studio, free WiFi throughout and laundry services; guests staying in suites have access to a snack-stocked lounge. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Pure Herb bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are mod-minimalist and have wooden floors, large windows, Jaime Hayón-designed furniture and herringbone-tiled bathrooms. Snag a suite to be guaranteed a bath tub; and, for the best city panorama, request a room with a wraparound balcony.

Poolside

The heated indoor pool is up on the eighth floor and has views over Madrid. A lifeguard is on duty from 10am to 6pm, and children’s pool hours are from 10am to 11.30am.

Spa

Book into one of the spa’s two treatment rooms for beautifying facials, exfoliating body scrubs, Ayurvedic-inspired treatments, and relaxing massages, all with Ella Baché products. Work up an appetite for the hotel’s decadent breakfasts (or tapas, later in the day) with a quick morning session in the hotel’s Technogym-equipped fitness room.

Packing tips

Bring your modish Sixties-inspired best and you’ll fit right in with the mid-century-inspired design.

Also

Deluxe Rooms are wheelchair-accessible, as are the hotel’s common areas. There’s a lift to all floors.

Children

All ages are welcome. Baby cots and buggies are available on request, and babysitting can be arranged.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Aim for a table near the floor-to-ceiling windows for views of the bustling Gran Vía and ample people-watching opportunities.

Dress Code

Sport flamenco reds in flirty Sixties silhouettes.

Hotel restaurant

Somos restaurant is helmed by chef Juan Rioja and has something of a split personality; at lunch the cuisine is a salute to Spanish market fare, with an informal smattering of small plates, whereas the evening menu fuses Japanese, Mexican, Peruvian, French and Spanish dishes to create a wholly unique offering. We’re particular fans of the marinated tuna with avocado hummus and the roasted pork and pineapple in a Korean-style marinade. Desserts are exceptionally good, so apply a tapas mindset and order both the smashed lemon tart and the almond cake with orange ice cream; we certainly did. At breakfast you’ll find a buffet of healthy options, including fresh fruits and spirulina-laced smoothies, made-to-order dishes and piping-hot coffee. 

 

Hotel bar

Garra Bar has sage-green walls and glittering city views from its floor-to-ceiling windows; saunter up to the gold and marble bar to order cachaça-spiked ginger mules and the Elderflower Paradise that’s muddled with mint. Garra Bar opens at 10.30am Monday to Friday and 11.30am on the weekend. Sunday to Tuesday it stays open until 1am, and Wednesday to Saturday until 2am.

Last orders

Break your fast like you’ve been flamenco dancing all night; a sizeable buffet is served from 7am to 10.30am during the week and 8am to 11.30am on the weekends.

Location

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Address
Barcelo Torre de Madrid
Plaza de España, 18
Madrid
28008
Madrid
Spain

Planes

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport is 20 kilometres away; hotel transfers can be arranged for €80, and our Smith24 team can sort your flights.

Trains

Madrid’s largest train station, Atocha, is 10 minutes away by car. Trains frequently arrive here from Barcelona, Seville and Valencia.

Automobiles

Walking and public transport – Plaza de España, Ventura Rodriguez, and Noviciado metro stations are just a skip away from the hotel – are the easiest way to get around the city, but if you plan on venturing into the countryside, to explore mountains and tiny towns such as Aranjuez, where the Spanish Monarchy vacationed during the spring, it’s best to hire a car. On-site valet parking is €28 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Stroll down the Gran Vía – the theatre- and shop-lined street that never sleeps – to the Metropolis Building, or browse the stalls at Mercado de Motores for trinkets new and old, before making your way to the Museo del Prado for your fill of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya. Modern luminaries, such as Miró and Bacon, are on display at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, where Picasso’s Guernica hangs. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum houses Europe’s largest private art collection, with works spanning the 13th to 21st centuries.

Local restaurants

Tapas, tapas everywhere: ‘little and very often’ is the motto to adopt when dining in Spain’s capital city. Pull up a seat and stay awhile at tapas bar Juana La Loca; crowd-pleasing plates include courgette rolls with salty cod brandade, smoked eel with Iberian bacon, and shredded duck confit with honey. La Contraseña has a glass-roofed patio and strong-as-a-bull G&Ts; favourite dishes include peppery white asparagus and deep-fried aubergine with honey. Eatery El Viajero is split into three sections: there’s a Mediterranean eatery, with a terrace on Plaza de la Cebada, on the ground floor, a cocktail bar one level above that, and a tapas bar in the restaurant’s roof garden. Order a house-special mojito while your dinner is cooked to perfection on the criollo grill.

 

Local cafés

La Chocolatería San Ginés has been perfecting its churros con chocolate for more than a hundred years; stop by to see if they've succeeded – several times, if you need more convincing. For an against-the-grain menu of vegan hot-chocolate, tempting carrot cakes, herbal teas and cocktails, check out the scene – which is often accompanied by live music – at Anticafé.

Local bars

Gin aficionados will feel right at home in cosy Shuzo’s (+34 (0)914 35 9171), and Hemingway enthusiasts can visit his old haunt Museo Chicote – although it’s a far swankier cocktail club these days. Traditional sherry bar La Venencia serves nothing but the sweet stuff; step through its wooden doors into a compact space where photography is not allowed, tips are not accepted and your bar tab is tallied in chalk marks; it’s old school in its attitude. In warmer months, head to the modern rooftop bar at ME Madrid Reina Victoria and get a bird’s eye view of the city with your expertly-shaken cocktails.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Madrid and unpacked their bottle of Spanish red, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Barceló Torre de Madrid in Spain…

Arriving guests at city-centre hotel Barceló Torre de Madrid are greeted by an amiable looking zebra-striped bear who tips his gold top-hat at those entering the lobby. It’s no hallucination, just one of the whimsical touches found throughout the hotel: mod interpretations of historic Spanish portraits and chimpanzee side-tables.

It also has a serious helping of Sixties-inspired design, thanks to a makeover by Madrid local Jaime Hayón; there are mod-style sofas in the avocado-hued lobby bar, and sweeping city views from the eighth-floor indoor pool. So don your best mid-century mod dress and pack your suitcase for this swinging city-central stay.

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