The SoMa is located on Goya, one of Madrid’s best shopping streets. You will probably need to use the metro to get around, as not everywhere is walking distance – or at least, you might walk there, but need to get some sort of transport back. Taxi fare from the airport is 5-10 euros cheaper than a downtown location.
There are 170 rooms and suites in a striking modern building. If you can stretch to paying a bit extra for one of the eight superior rooms, you get a great sundeck with loungers, a dressing area and free newspapers. All rooms have free WiFi, a choice of pillows and a book and CD menu.
There is a library with books and magazines in different languages.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is served in a light-filled space on the first floor, which is also open for lunch and dinner. There is a good range of Mediterranean dishes on offer, and I often have lunch here after a look around the shops. You can just have one thing and a glass of wine if you don't feel like the whole nine yards, which suits me fine.
There is a small gym and you can hire bikes.
Vincci hotels are renowned for their superior level of service.
Who stays there
Mix of business and leisure travellers.
Rates vary a lot. There are often good offers available, including a five per cent discount if you book two adjoining rooms.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Smart location
- Great for shopping
- Not right in tourist centre