Situated in a handsome neoclassical building on a quiet little square just off the Paseo del Prado, the hotel is handy for both museums and the nightlife around Plaza Santa Ana.
There are 48 rooms and suites. Standard rooms are a good size at 24m2. Black and white photographs of Madrid are printed large on the walls, creating a dramatic look. Bathrooms have rainforest showers with Anne Sémonen products in generous sizes and bathrobes and slippers (bathtubs in suites only). There is free WiFi, and all rooms have a Nespresso machine and kettle – very unusual in Madrid – as well as an iron and ironing board. Business rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors have balconies and a more lavish buffet breakfast than that available for standard rooms. There are rooms suitable for guests with disabilities on every floor – with non-slip surfaces by the lifts for easier wheelchair access.
The lobby is all dark and moody, which has an instantly calming effect after the hustle and bustle of Madrid's streets.
Eating and drinking
There is a very swish whisky bar with a glass roof where you can work your way through a list of more than 20 malts. Of course, other drinks are available too…
The Cask restaurant uses locally-sourced, seasonal and organic produce wherever possible, and does a great set lunch for 15 euros. For something more informal, tapas is on offer in the lounge bar.
The very pleasant spa is in the basement but still has natural light. There is a small pool – for floating in rather than swimming – with access for people with disabilities. There is also a gym, steam room and massage and treatment rooms.
Radisson Blu hotels always have great service.
Who stays there
Culture vultures, business people and politicians.
Perhaps because it is a newcomer on the scene, rates are surprisingly reasonable considering the standard and the location. You can have a full buffet breakfast for 21 euros, but if you just want a coffee and a croissant, you just pay 3.20 euros. Why don’t all hotels do that?
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
Pros & Cons
- Good value
- Near major museums
- Very comfortable
- Good disabled facilities
- Not right in shopping area