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Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via 4.0

Sol, Madrid, Community of Madrid

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Pros

  • Central location on the Gran Via
  • Large rooms are colorful and modern, with large windows
  • Some rooms have private balconies and outdoor hot tubs
  • Rooftop terrace with city views and bar
  • Three popular restaurants and bars
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour front desk, fitness center, and business center
  • Spa treatments can be arranged upon request
  • Pet-friendly

Cons

  • Some rooms get street noise
  • Fee for breakfast
  • Room service has limited hours
  • Airport transportation for a fee
  • Only one dog, under 30 pounds, is allowed per room

Bottom Line

Located directly on Madrid's bustling main Gran Via avenue, the trendy and colorful Hotel De Las Letras is within walking distance of both public transit and many of the city's top sights, but the bustling road's noise and crowds aren't for everyone. The four-pearl hotel’s hip, vintage-inspired design extends from the common areas to the rooms, and there’s a fun yet homey atmosphere throughout. The colorful rooms are large and bright, with beautiful wood floors, big windows, and high ceilings; several rooms even have big balconies and private hot tubs. A rooftop terrace is home to a bar with rooftop views; the two downstairs eateries are lively and trendy, popular with locals and guests, alike. The front desk, fitness center, and business center are all available 24-hours a day, and airport transportation can be arranged for a fee. Expect to pay extra for breakfast.

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A homey, historic hotel with modern flair

The grand exterior architecture of the Hotel De Las Letras -- built in 1917 -- is what strikes you first when walking up to this hotel. The elegant, historic style of the balconies and entrance showcase the hotel’s history, yet the interior is modern and bright with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel creates a homey feel with quotes from famous writers on the walls, historic brickwork, original staircases, and trendy light fixtures in the restaurant. Bright colors matched to mosaic art and sculptures also add an air of fun, and the library is a cozy and comfortable place to relax and escape the bustle of the city. Authentic parquet wood floors are in excellent shape and the rooftop terrace bar, Ático Las Letras, has impressive city views and a wooden deck covered in plants. There are free newspapers in the lobby and the hotel has an association with the World Wildlife Federation that highlights its eco-friendly nature. While travelers of all kinds will feel comfortable here, the hotel predominantly attracts design-conscious couples and friends, as well as some business travelers.

Location

Right on the bustling, central Gran Via in downtown Madrid

The Hotel De Las Letras sits on the Gran Via, one of Madrid's major avenues. Shopping, transportation stops, restaurants, and attractions such as San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, San Anton Market, Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta del Sol, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are all within walking distance. A rental car is only necessary if you plan to leave the city. The hotel can arrange airport transfers for a fee.

Rooms

Large with high ceilings, big windows, and bright colors; some with balconies and hot tubs

Each of the spacious rooms at the Hotel De Las Letras is uniquely designed with quotes from famous writers on the walls, parquet floors, and a contemporary, minimalist design. The blend of bright colors in the furniture, rugs, and wall paint with wooden features such as desks, floors, and seating lends an air of modern-meets-vintage, which is only accentuated by the original floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light. Although bathrooms have modern white square sinks and tilework, the purple shower curtains and yellow walls add modernity and color. Each bathroom has double sinks, magnified makeup mirrors, heated towel racks, and H2O + Bath Aquatics toiletries, although the combination shower/tubs are a bit basic.

High ceilings, flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and minibars are standard, as are robes and slippers; several rooms also have Nespresso coffee machines. Some higher-tier rooms even have large balconies and outside hot tubs, but some guests mention the loud exterior noise from the busy street below as a problem.

Features

Acclaimed on-site restaurant, terrace, and lounge; gym and steam room; several 24-hour services

The Hotel De Las Letras has an on-site restaurant, Al Trapo, which serves modern Spanish cuisine and a lounge, Bocablo Lounge, with snacks and cocktails. The rooftop terrace, Ático Las Letras, also serves drinks and tapas. All are trendy and popular with guests and locals, alike. Room service is available with limited hours. The hotel also has several 24-hour services, including a fitness center, business center, and front desk. The fitness center is small but modern, with gray tile walls, plush leather chairs, towels, and bottled water in addition to different types of equipment. There’s an attached sauna and robes for guest use. Spa treatments can be arranged, although the hotel lacks a full spa. This hotel is pet-friendly, but only one dog, under 30 pounds, is allowed per room. There are meeting and event spaces, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Breakfast is not included in most rates.

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Address

Calle Gran Via 11, Madrid, Community of Madrid 28013, Spain

Phone

+34 91 523 79 80

Also Known As

  • Hotel De Las Letras
  • Iberostar Las Letras