Hospes Madrid

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Address: Plaza de la Independencia 3, Madrid, 28001, Spain

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.8

Understated style in muted tones opposite the Retiro park.

Located in an elegant 19th-century building, formerly a private residence, the Hospes is all about quiet corners and private spaces. One of Madrid's best hotels, this is not for people who like big lobbies with lots going on.

Location
4.5
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Eating/drinking
4.7
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Leisure facilities
4.7
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Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Overlooking the landmark monument of the Puerta de Alcala, it is right opposite the Retiro park, perfect for a stroll after visiting the major museums, which are also a short walk away. I didn’t manage any pre-breakfast jogs when I stayed here, but apparently lot of guests do like a quick circuit around the park; each to their own. Head uptown, and you are immediately in the upmarket shopping grid of the Salamanca district. Take it from me, this is a dangerous place to stay if you are fond of a bit of retail therapy. You are slightly away from the downtown madness, and the right side of town for airport access.

Bedrooms

There are 41 rooms and suites, with elegant French-style furniture, lots of quirky touches and free WiFi. Standard rooms only have showers, deluxe ones have baths as well. All have gorgeous Korres products to pamper yourself with. Ask for a deluxe Alcala if you’d like a view of the square and park. The duplex suite, 404, has a lovely romantic sleeping area under the eaves and a huge oval bath. Original features such as ceiling cornicing and mouldings have been preserved, contrasting with white modular sofas and tulip chairs.

Public areas

Inside the handsome late-19th-century building, the Hospes is all soft tones of burnished gold, soft grey and mauve.

Eating and drinking

The renowned Senzone restaurant has moved from the back of the building to the panelled former pipe room in the front, with views of the Puerta de Alcala and the Retiro park. Chef Ivan Saez has devised an elegant menu of subtle Mediterranean flavours using seasonal ingredients. There is also a café which serves tapas and drinks and outdoor tables in an inner courtyard.

Leisure facilities

The Bodyna spa offers a range of beauty and massage treatments, using Cinq Monde products, and there is also a small pool, Turkish bath and a fitness room.

Service

Staff in minimalist black uniforms are professional and speak good English.

Who stays there

Art and fashion types.

Price advice

This is obviously not a budget option, but the Hospes does good weekend deals including breakfast, dinner at Senzone and a massage in the spa and a room upgrade. Perfect for a birthday or anniversary treat. Breakfast is 22 euros if not included in your deal.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Near park
  • Near shops
  • Discreet luxury
  • Not right in tourist centre
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