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Hotel Hospes Puerta de Alcala 4.5

Salamanca, Madrid, Community of Madrid

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Pros

  • Prime location within walking distance to numerous sights
  • Large, modern rooms with hardwood floors and trendy furniture
  • Soaking tubs and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads
  • Full-service spa with hammam, small pool, fitness center
  • Award-winning restaurant and bar with terrace seating
  • Bicycles to borrow
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour room service and front desk
  • Concierge services

Cons

  • On-site parking, area shuttle, and airport shuttle for a fee
  • Rooms lack privacy; no door between bathroom and bedroom
  • Fee for breakfast

Bottom Line

Ideally located in the heart of Madrid across from the Parque del Retiro, the luxury boutique hotel Hospes Madrid is a high-design haven within walking distance of attractions, public transport, restaurants, and high-end shops. Spacious rooms follow the hotel’s theme of modern-vintage, with velvets, metallics, and soothing colors blending harmoniously. Large bathrooms are decked out in elegant marble tile-work, deep soaking tubs, and walk-in showers, although the lack of proper doors reduces privacy in a way that can be a turn-off for some. Outside the rooms, the hotel is equally luxurious, with a full-service spa with a hammam and pool, an award-winning restaurant/bar with outdoor seating, and bicycles to borrow. The over-the-top concierge services are a highlight, and the 24-hour room service and front desk are extra perks. On-site parking and shuttles cost fees.

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Scene

Sleek and modern design hotel in an historic building

A modern-vintage theme runs throughout the Hospes Madrid, with tufted white leather pieces and sleek brown suede couches and armchairs adorning the lobby and rooms alike. Although the building dates to 1883, the hotel's style is sleek and contemporary, comfortable and elegant. A stylized chandelier hangs at the entrance to the lobby and the polished stone tile lends a sophisticated and minimalist atmosphere. Mood lighting and historic arches adorn the spa, for a modern yet antique vibe, and wood floors in the pool area and fitness center feel extra luxurious. Retiro Park and the Puerta de Alcalá can be seen from the on-site restaurant/bar, which also has a picturesque terrace and sunroom. Seating is red, black, and white with umbrellas in the outdoor areas, while all common areas echo the trendy yet historic theme of the hotel. The green courtyard stands out in the middle of the city and there are free newspapers in the lobby. The hotel predominantly attracts discerning couples, but welcomes children and business travelers as well.

Location

On a main road in an exclusive, central neighborhood, across from the Parque del Retiro

Hospes Madrid is located on a main roundabout (the Puerta de Alcalá) in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of the city, just across from the Parque del Retiro. Public transportation, restaurants, and high-end shops are all within walking distance, as are sights such as the Plaza de Cibeles, Plaza de Colon, National Archeological Museum of Spain, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. A rental car is only necessary if you plan to leave the city center of Madrid. There are bicycles available to borrow, and an area shuttle, airport shuttle, and on-site valet parking are all available, but for a fee.

Rooms

Large, contemporary rooms with soaking tubs, walk-in showers, and large windows with city views

The large, soundproofed rooms at the Hospes Madrid are decked out in a trendy blend of fabrics, colors, and finishes to add to the contemporary-meets-vintage hotel style. An antique metallic bedside table set against a textured purple velvet headboard, bedspread, and pillows is a perfect example of the attention to the hotel’s history and current trends. Some rooms also have wood beams and wood flooring, but all are comfortable and functional, and have stylish white and chrome seating areas. Flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, slippers, and fully stocked minibars are in each room, and in-room massages are available.

Bathrooms are large, include an abundance of designer toiletries, and have great lighting. Big soaking tubs and walk-in showers with rainfall shower heads are standard in all bathrooms. There is a separate toilet room with frosted glass, but no door on the bathroom area; this lack of privacy isn't for everyone. The white sinks are lined with bronze, for a trendy effect, and the white/gray tile is polished and contemporary. 

Features

On-site restaurant/bar and full-service spa with hammam and pool

The Bodyna Spa is one of the the Hospes Madrid most impressive features, and all guests have free access to the Turkish bath and small relaxation pool. The multitude of services include body wraps, massages, facials, and scrubs. The spa has beautiful tile work, cozy couches, and bright lighting, and there is also a hair salon.

In addition to the spa, there is an award-winning restaurant, bar, and lounge on-site. The restaurant, Restaurant Independencia, serves traditional tapas, homemade foods, and cocktails, and receives great reviews. The terrace bar serves tapas and cocktails as well, and is especially popular and pleasant in the warmer months.

The hotel’s fitness center has a full range of workout equipment and large windows that allow for lots of natural light. There is free Wi-Fi -- plus 4G Wi-Fi for an extra fee -- and the hotel offers bicycles to borrow. Additionally, there are exceptional concierge services, 24-hour room service, and a 24-hour front desk.

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Address

Plaza Independencia 3, Madrid, Community of Madrid 28001, Spain

Phone

+34 914 32 29 11

Also Known As

  • Hospes Madrid