Find, book and check in at your ideal Madrid hotel and get ready to feel the rush of the vibrant Spanish capital...
The magnificent blue skies above the city create the most magical light – it's no wonder the Spanish capital is brimming with world-class art museums; Madrid is a truly inspirational destination and you'll never be short of things to see and do, whether it's art you're into, or if what really gets you going is culture, shopping, cool cafés, dancing, great food or history.
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Read on to find out where to book a hotel in Madrid to enjoy easy access to what interests you. We’ve also rounded up some of the city’s best attractions as well as the top annual events.
You’re also spoiled for choice when it comes to excellent hotels in Madrid...
From five-star luxury hotels, which drip with designer style, to basic hostales that represent good value for money, there’s a hotel to suit every budget and taste.
The best locations in which to book Madrid hotels are near the central sights of Plaza de Santa Ana and Puerta del Sol, and in the Salamanca district. The city centre is easily navigated on foot, so you can get away with using public transport if you stay fairly centrally.
If you plan to visit Madrid's museums, consider a hotel around the “Art Triangle”, which is also close to the lovely Retiro Park – perfect for a picnic in the sunshine. To be close to shops, restaurants and the legendary nightlife of Madrid, look for accommodation near Plaza de Santa Ana, Puerta del Sol and Gran Via. There are lovely old buildings that have taken on a new life as city hotels.
The Salamanca barrio is the place to stay if you plan to get your hands on Madrid's designer goodies around Calle Serrano. It's an upmarket neighbourhood featuring charming hotels.
Room rates are often lower at the weekend, thanks to Madrid's popularity as a business destination, and also in August, when many Spaniards head to the coast to escape the heat. Be sure to check your hotel has air conditioning if you plan to visit at the height of summer.
Across the city you’ll find hotel chains for all budgets. Well-known brands such as Melia, NH Hoteles, H10, Hesperia, InterContinental, Mercure, Novotel, Best Western, Hilton, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, AC Hoteles, Tryp, Westin, Radisson Blu, Sheraton and Travelodge can be found in the city.
With some of the best museums in the world, plus many opportunities to shop, party or simply relax, Madrid is a city for all...
Top five attractions
With more than 7,000 works of art – many from Spain's royal collections – the Prado is often the first port of call for art-loving visitors.
Reina Sofía Museum
If the work of the great Salvador Dali is your thing, then the Reina Sofia Museum is your kind of place. More than 20 of the surrealist's paintings are on display.
The focal point of Madrid life since the 17th century, this stylish plaza has it all. Sit back with a glass or two as you’re embraced by the striking architecture.
Templo de Debod
It may take a moment for your eyes to adjust to the fact there’s an Egyptian temple in the middle of Madrid (it was put there by Spanish archaeologists who saved it from the rising waters of Egypt's Lake Nasser). It is, however, a worthy visual delight. Visit at night to see it in its full illuminated glory.
Parque del Buen Retiro
Until 1868, this impressive city park was owned and maintained by the Spanish monarchy and is one of the largest public spaces in Madrid. It's ideal for a picnic away from the hustle and bustle.
The Spanish know how to throw a party and a break here at any time is sure to be fun. Here’s just a few from the line-up of annual events…
Three Kings; January: Behold one of the best parades in Spain. Dozens of floats tour the streets to honour the country's biggest Christmas celebration. Families will line the roads as the participants aboard the floats shower them with sweets and treats; definitely one for the kids.
Dos de Mayo; May: At any time of year, the picturesque Plaza del Dos de Mayo becomes animated after dark as one of Madrid's liveliest meeting points. But the real festivities centre on the start of May as the city marks Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid – an annual celebration of the uprising against French occupation in 1808.
Bullfighting season at Plaza de Toros Monumental de Las Ventas; March-October: Bullfighting will always divide public opinion, but it continues to be a popular pastime in Madrid. Tickets for the spectacle are often divided into two sections – shade (sombra), which tends to be more expensive, or sun (sol). Not for the fainthearted.