Exclusive Design Hotels in Madrid for a Magnificent Stay
Researching for your upcoming trip you’ve probably heard or seen terms like ‘boutique hotels’ and ’design hotels’, but do you know what the difference is? A little industry secret… they’re not that different. They both have their origins in the 80s and have become even more popularized in the age of social media, where a good picture can significantly upgrade your Instagram game.
A boutique hotel specializes in offering their guests unique experiences, they are usually not part of a chain and tend to be smaller than ‘regular’ hotels.
A design hotel focuses, as the name implies, on its design; it’s architecture and interior.
So why stay in a design or boutique hotel? From painters like Picasso to architects like Gaudí, Spain has a reputation of nurturing great artists, so it would only make sense that its capital city, Madrid, would also host some of the most beautiful and astounding hotels in the country. We’ll show some of our favorites so your next trip to Madrid you’ll have even more to enjoy.
1. Hotel Urban. If you’re looking for a design hotel experience, Hotel Urban is unique in every aspect, located in an avant-garde building, it’s hard to miss in the midst of the more classical facades surrounding it. From its priceless works of arts decorating its lounges and rooms, to its ancient artifacts that have traveled from Africa and Asia, this hotel will have you oohing and aahing all day. You’ll feel like you’re having a sleepover in the most exclusive art gallery in the city. We especially love the open concept of the reception lounge that allows you to see all the way to the top.
2. The Principal Madrid Hotel is definitely a city favourite, and it’s easy to see why. Sitting in the most emblematic avenue of the city, Gran Via, and almost within reach of the iconic Metropolis building, this boutique hotel also offers one the most luxurious picture worthy rooftops in Madrid. With an architecture reminiscent of early 20th century Art Nouveau, it is an ode to the golden age of travel, in which suits and gowns were adequate airplane attire. Don’t let the vintage maps, and wicker outdoor chairs fool you though. The reputable Hotelier, Pau Guardans, has brought the golden age into the 21st century, combining classic with new age luxury.
3. Hotel Hospes Puerta de Alcalá. Overlooking the monumental Puerta de Alcala, and a stone’s throw away from the Retiro Park, you will find Hotel Hospes Puerta de Alcala. Once an apartment building for the wealthy families of Madrid, this 19th century designed boutique Hotel now holds landmark status as part of the Historic District. While this meant the design team has strict structural requirements to follow, it didn’t stop them from upgrading this already elegant building with a few modern touches. You will appreciate the grand glass ceiling lamps juxtaposed with the original moldings, and its gold and purple accents contrasting with the minimalist white walls.
Pro Tip: Design and boutique hotels are perfect for people who are looking to make their travels just a little more special but if the room prices are out of your budget range we recommend instead enjoying a drink or two at their various bars, which are often open to the public. It is a great way to treat yourself to some luxury without breaking the bank, or mark a special occasion.
Have you stayed at any of these locations? Let us know what you liked most about them. Or if you simply have a design or boutique hotel recommendation feel free to share it with fellow travelers in the comments below 🙂
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