The best design-led hotels and restaurants in Madrid
As someone who has recently visited Madrid for leisure, I can tell that you get a lot for your money: the weather is (mostly) great, the place is full of history and art, the food rocks and everything is within walking distance. There's plenty to see and do whether you are there for a city break or a week-long visit. It's a short flight from London and tickets are generally cheap. The city is full of design-led hotels and restaurants and the service one of the best I have seen across Europe.
A few Easters ago, I escaped for a week to Madrid with the husband, while our son was spending time at his grandparents. I had never been to Madrid before. I was actually quite excited about the whole thing. I even prepared a capsule wardrobe for the trip.
Location was important.
Hotel Design - I wanted something instagrammable.
WHERE TO STAY and EAT IN MADRID
ME MADRID, a MELIA hotel
I found this hotel on Mr & Mrs Smith and decided to book it as the location seemed perfect - we wanted to be where the bars and restaurants were (and not so close to the VIP shopping). The building itself is an Art Deco design that towers over Plaza Santa Ana. Bonus: the exquisite roof garden.
Check in was quick - they have at least 3 check-in desks open and fresh water and orange juice is offered upon arrival. The lobby is spacious and there is a direct entrance to the restaurant next door (Ana La Santa). The hotel also has its own dedicated lift to the roof top bar which it shares with Radio Madrid.
Santa Ana Plaza and ME Madrid, Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis
Unlike what you may be used to in other hotels and cities, the rooms in Me Madrid are spacious and modern, with great attention to detail. There is a fully stocked mini bar of course and a flat tv and USB plugs everywhere. There are plenty of lights (and switches) to ensure you have as much or as little light as you want (and to confuse you sometimes!).
Although we got a room with side view, the windows are massive and you can see the side square, which was still beautiful (it also fills up with tables once the sun is out. Loved hearing the buzz down there).
The bathroom is full of marble with Grohe products. You get robes and slippers and all their products are from Greek beauty company Apivita. Quality all around.
It's all in the detail
Fresh bottles of water are delivered to the room every day and in addition to the evening chocolate at the bed turn down service, we also found delicious small deserts waiting for us in the room. We loved the fresh strawberries ready to dip in chocolate but also the macaroons!
Restaurant - Ana la Santa
The restaurant on the ground floor of Me Madrid is a trendy spot around 9pm and until 1am. It has a DJ after 9pm and food is served until very late. People were sitting for dinner around 11pm!
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URSO HOTEL & SPA
Nestled in the Alonso Martínez area of Madrid, the Urso Hotel and Spa is close to trendy Malasaña. A building designed by Antonio Obrador, this is the place to stay if you want to be close to boutiques in Calle Fuencarral.
Close by you will also find this amazing - Havana inspired restaurant: Habanera.
Above: Urso Hotel and Spa. Below: Habanera
This design-led hotel is located in a totally refurbished, classic-style building, and is the best for business stays as it is in the heart of Salamanca district where most hedge funds and financial services firms have their offices. Salamanca is the equivalent of our New Bond Street or Sloane Street and it's where you will find the VIP boutiques - D&G, Gucci, Hermes etc.
Enjoying a privileged location in the heart of the boutique shopping area, the hotel is perfectly placed for a walking tour of some of Madrid's most famous spots. La Cibeles, the Prado Museum, Retiro Park and the Botanic Gardens. With 67 fully equipped rooms it features flat screen televisions and complimentary wireless internet access.
It is also home to Hermosos & Malditos restaurant and cocktail bar with its trendy blue booths and floral wallpaper.