Be #blessed with a stay at Bless Hotel Madrid, in the city’s upscale Salamanca district and along the holy Golden Mile. The grand hotel that went before it left behind an art deco exterior, wrought-iron railings and curving windows, but – hallelujah – the new kids on the bougie block have added a rooftop with cabanas and cocktails, a jet-setting Japanese restaurant and an events calendar to learn the art of letting your hair down, Spanish-style.
Double rooms from £393.39 (€439), including tax at 10 per cent.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast.
Learn all about good times in Spain with the hotel’s events calendar, which involves get-togethers for aperitivi and anecdotes, live DJ sets and a homage to the trinity of tapas, cocktails and Spanish music.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: free bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine and kettle, Bose sound system, TV and Maison Caulières bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Untamed intellects (and insomniacs) will appreciate the Bless Your Savage Mind by Hogo Suite, which has a ‘rest system’ within its king-size bed that promises to both boost your immune system and give you a good night’s sleep. Failing that, there’s a hot tub on the terrace to while away the wee hours in.
The plunge pool up on the roof is open between noon and 8pm from the middle of May until the middle of September.
The spa slows the pace of city life via a hammam, sauna, sensory showers and glow-bestowing facials using Dr Barbara Sturm products.
The hotel is on Madrid’s Golden Mile, AKA its most stylish street, so you may want to bring a spare suitcase
The hotel has rooms with adapted bathrooms and elevator access for wheelchair users.
Pets are welcome in all of the room categories and everywhere in the hotel, except (wisely) the gym and the sauna. The welcome pack includes water and a bed. See more pet-friendly hotels in Madrid.
There are rooms with sofa beds that can sleep a family of four, plus rooms that connect. Babysitting can be arranged with 12 hours’ notice.
Up on the rooftop with cocktails, croquetas and an unbeatable view of Madrid.
Vestments and Vetements.
There are three restaurants at the hotel: Bless Lively Lounge in the lobby, Picos Pardos on the rooftop and super-stylish Salvaje (often styled as SLJV, but don’t let that confuse you). At breakfast, guests can enjoy a blessed start to their day, with healthy and vegan options, as well as an extensive spread to give thanks for. Salvaje has outposts all over the world – from Barcelona to Bogotá and now Bless Hotel – for fans of Japanese food with a Mediterranean makeover.
The lobby’s Bless Lively Lounge is the main bar, but Picos Pardos is no stranger to an excellent cocktail either. The former has live music from Wednesday to Sunday.
Breakfast hours are 7.30am to 10.30am Monday to Friday, 8am to 11am at weekends. Lunch on the rooftop is from 1.30pm to 3.30pm; dinners 8pm to 11pm; and drinks . Night owls will appreciate the lounge serving dinner and drinks until 1am.
A separate menu for room service can be ordered from around the clock.
The hotel has a blessed location (sorry), on Madrid’s Golden Mile in the Salamanca neighbourhood.
Madrid Barajas Airport is less than half an hour away by car. Hotel transfers cost €120 each way.
Madrid’s main rail station Puerta de Atocha is more than a hub for catching trains all over the country (including to Barcelona, Seville and Valencia) – it’s a piece of rail history, with the beautiful old station now housing tropical gardens, and more modern platforms attached. The hotel can collect you for €120 each way.
You won’t need wheels for getting around the city from your Salamanca stay – if you’ve arrived in some, stash them at the Parking Velázquez garage, two minutes down the street.
Worth getting out of bed for
The Salamanca setting means Madrid’s Golden Mile (aka the city’s most sophisticated streets) are on your doorstep. After a dip in the pool or a yoga class on the rooftop, head to concept store Isolée on Calle de Claudio Coello to up your trend levels, or eat your way through the Platea food hall. For flamenco and fine-dining, don’t miss Corral de la Moreria. Museums nearby include Museo del Prado and Museo Lazarao Galdiano.
Amazónico may have outposts in Madrid, London and Dubai, but inside it’s Latin America all the way, with a sushi bar thrown in. For Spanish food (including artfully arranged plates of jamón Iberico), classic cocktails and live music, try Tatel on Paseo de la Castellana; or for pasta and sharing plates, head to Ten Con Ten. Madrid may be entirely landlocked, but you’d never know it at seafood restaurant Lobito del Mar.
Anyone serious about wine will enjoy a trip to Berria, a wine bar with 100 bottles available by the glass. As the name suggests, The Kave is a clandestine cocktail spot with nightly entertainment that includes magic shows, belly dancing and performers being reckless with things like knives and open flames. At Bar Manero, the drinks are almost as elaborate as the interiors and there are croquetas to bring you back from the brink. And don’t let the name put you off – there’s absolutely nothing fishy about Salmon Guru, just amazing cocktails.
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 city hotel in Spain and unpacked their Balenciaga bags, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Bless Hotel Madrid…
It isn’t hard to count your blessings at this Madrid hotel: cabanas and cocktails on the (rare for Madrid) rooftop, a Salamanca setting, a slick Miami import in the Med-meets-Japan restaurant, a spa to help slow you down… we could go on. The designer tasked with modernising this grand old hotel bestowed the art deco building with oriental rugs, Murano glass pieces and retro prints. In the bedrooms, there are tiled balconies, curving windows with wrought-iron railings, white columns (another relic) and glossy parquet floors. Some have freestanding bath tubs beside the bed, and other maximalist flourishes include floral headboards and emerald green velvet sofas. The rooftop with a pool is open only to guests, but there’s a second terrace for everyone else. There are three restaurants, so you can become fully versed in the Spanish culture of sobremesa (essentially hanging around for ages after dinner). Amen to that.