If you consider yourself a foodie, then you must visit Madrid.
The stunning streets of Madrid make a romantic setting for the perfect summer evening spent sampling the finest cuisine in the country – a country revered for its decadent appetite. And that’s not to even mention its wondrous wine offering.
Yes, Madrid will get your mouth watering, but it has plenty to offer beyond its never-ending array of divine dining. Home to the most famous football team in the world, Real Madrid, as well as numerous galleries and museums, there’s plenty to do in order to work up your appetite for the evening.
“It is the most Spanish of all cities, the best to live in, the finest people and the finest climate,” once said Ernest Hemingway, the iconic American writer, when asked about Madrid. And it really is.
So, for your foray into ‘the most Spanish of all cities’, only the most luxurious hotel will do. What follows is our list of the top ten five-star hotels in Madrid, based on guest ratings, reader recommendations and editorial opinion. Enjoy!
A Classic 5-star hotel right in the centre of the Spanish capital, NH Collection Suecia offers its discerning guests understated luxury, a warm and welcoming service, and a marvellous gastronomy offering.
The hotel’s elegant design is far from over the top, while a relaxing atmosphere pervades the entire premises. A favourite haunt of Ernest Hemingway when he came to the city, the Suecia (which means Sweden in Spanish) is now home to the Hemingway bar – with its huge range of the finest gins in the city – along with the rooftop bar with its glorious city views.
- Hotel Orfila 9.7
An oasis in the vibrant Madrid, the Orfila dazzles with traditional charm and intimate surroundings. With just 32 rooms, the family-run mansion from 1882 offers a personalised stay where every whim is catered to with the utmost professionalism and courtesy.
The rooms are large and traditionally decorated, with regal touches complementing posh furniture and all the amenities you’d expect of a 5-star hotel. Make the most of the Spanish sunshine in the stunning garden, or better yet, order yourself a cocktail and watch the sunset at the trendy rooftop bar.
The Westin Palace Madrid was the largest hotel in Europe when it opened in 1912 overlooking the Plaza de Neptuno. Expect the pinnacle of luxury when you book a stay at the Westin Palace complete with marble bathrooms, glamourous dining, and a sumptuous spa.
The famous bar, which has served infamous drinker Ernest Hemingway (he certainly gets around) and iconic artist Salvador Dali, is a must visit, while the glorious Rotunda restaurant, sat under its vast glass dome, is offers a superb Sunday Opera & Brunch – considered the best in town by those in the know.
A part of Belmond’s luxury portfolio before being sold to Mandarin in May 2015 for $148 Million, the Ritz Madrid is the star of the show in Madrid’s luxury hotel scene.
Ideal for art-lovers – with its prime location next to the Prado and just a few minutes’ walk from the Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums – the Ritz is perfect for those with a keen eye for aesthetics. Be sure to eat at The Goya restaurant for one of the best dining experiences in the city.
The NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa is a unique abode in the historic Spanish capital. Designed by the architect of the Prado Museum, Juan de Villanueva, the elegant palace hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Barrio de las Letras, Madrid’s literary district, and a stroll away from the city’s best attractions, such as the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Royal Theater, and the Puerta del Sol.
Modern rooms are spacious and full of natural light, some offering impressive views of the Plaza del Angel and Calle Huertas. A handy concierge is on hand to secure anything from theatre tickets to restaurant reservations. If you are looking for somewhere special to dine, the wonderful La Terraza del Casino – a two Michelin star restaurant – is located just a seven-minute walk from the NH Collection Palacio de Tepa, and is must-visit during your stay.
A historic hotel that has played host to Spanish royalty, the ever-swanky Wellington Hotel is all glamour from check-in to check-out. High ceiling and crystal chandeliers in the lobby set the scene an ultra-luxurious stay in one of Madrid’s classic 5-star hotels.
Seven dining options include a fantastic Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant, while the posh spa comes complete with an ornate ice fountain, steam baths, treatment rooms, and a spacious sauna. Not short on amenities, there is also an outdoor swimming pool, a weel-equipped gym, and a state-of-the-art business centre.
The Unico is housed within a sumptuous 19th-century palace on Madrid’s “Golden Mile” in the upscale Salamanca district, one of Madrid’s most exclusive areas. Surrounded by elegant boutiques and quaint cafes, the Unico prides itself on its revered service, going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure its guests are content.
It’s also home to one of the best restaurants in the whole of Spain, Ramon Freixa Madrid, making the Unico a desirable place to stay for foodies. When you’re not exploring the Spanish capital, unwind in the beautiful garden or sip a whisky in the stylish library and read up on your favourite Spanish writers.
Also situated in the swish Salamanca fashion district, this former Duke’s palace is uniquely designed and showcases a modern design mixed with art deco and gothic touches. And, somehow, it pulls it off.
Popular with business travellers to the city, the InterContinental offers a business centre, several meeting and conference rooms, 24-hour gym, massage treatment rooms, a superb restaurant, El Jardín, and an exclusive bar. Rooms are classically decorated, whilst marble bathrooms drip with opulence.
- Hesperia Madrid 9.1
A foodie’s heaven in Madrid’s stylish Salamanca area. Overall, a very sleek hotel with 171 rooms and suites, the Hesperia beautifully brings to life a traditional style married with art decó features and modern touches.
The hotel’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, Santceloni, home of chef Óscar Velasco, is reason enough to stay at this exceptional 5-star hotel, but just in case you needed any more, there’s also a sushi bar, a Mediterranean restaurant, and some of the most luxurious penthouse suites in the city – complete with spacious terraces with hot tubs.
The Villa Magna hardly impresses from the outside, but step inside this Art Deco masterpiece and you’ll soon see why it’s one of Madrid’s most loved 5-star hotels.
All public spaces scream opulence with classical art and antiques adorning the walls, whilst rooms are somewhat more low-key, yet still more than comfortable. Facilities include a business centre, gym, small spa with sauna and steam room, and a salon. The hotel’s two restaurants are also very good.