Top 10 Historic Hotels In Madrid, Spain - Updated 2024

Nicole
Nicole 
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There are many famous things in Madrid, which is why this city has become a popular destination for many tourists. From manicured parks to state-of-the-art architectural wonders with an old-world charm, it is a destination for all types of tourists, especially Instagram-savvy Millennials. Art buffs will have a field day admiring world-class European masterpieces at Museo Nacional del Prado (Prado Museum) and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Couples will enjoy romantic boat rides in the magnificent El Retiro Park. While in the city, you can not miss a chance to take a souvenir picture with the Royal Palace of Madrid as the backdrop. Shopping and dining at Calle Gran Vía can make you feel like you have traveled back in time.

If you’re wondering about where to stay in Madrid, browse through this list of the top historic hotels in Madrid, Spain.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) properties with historic significance, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 29, 2024.

1. Gran Hotel Inglés (from USD 739)

Built in 1886, Gran Hotel Inglés is the oldest hotel in Madrid. Eventually, it underwent restoration in 2018 to not seem out of place in the modern world. This contemporary hotel is actually the first hotel built in the Spanish capital city. It is so old that it served as the venue for the signing of The Philippines’ Declaration of Independence in 1898.

At present, it is known as one of Madrid’s finest hotels, offering a tourist-friendly location, near Reina Victoria Theatre, Teatro Español, Plaza de Santa Ana, and five-star luxuries. In addition to 43 elegantly furnished rooms, it affords guests a spa and wellness center, on-site dining, and a gym where you can burn those unwanted vacation calories.

For guests with cars, private parking is available here.

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Puerta del Sol Puerta del Sol Puerta del Sol

Just a six-minute walk from this hotel is The Puerta del Sol clock, a community symbol of Madrid that's located where there's currently an Apple store. It was inaugurated in 1866 after being built by the Leonese watchmaker, Losada. This clock was once so unpunctual that citizens' complaints about it were collected by the press. 

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Gran Hotel Inglés - The Leading Hotels of the World

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Calle Echegaray 08
1.29 km (0.8 mi) from El Retiro Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

2. The Westin Palace, Madrid (from USD 775)

Constructed in 1912 following the order of King Alfonso XIII, The Westin Palace is one of the most historic hotels in Madrid. It nestles in the vibrant Art Walk within an arm’s reach from prestigious museums, such as Thyssen-Bornemisza, El Prado, Reina Sofia. This hotel has definitely survived the test of time and is picture-perfect as ever. It is loved for many things but most especially for its stunning La Rotonda Restaurant with stained-glass fixtures. Private parking is also provided in this hotel.

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The Westin Palace, Madrid

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Plaza de las Cortes, 7
957 meters (0.6 ft) from El Retiro Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

3. Ateneo Puerta del Sol (from USD 205)

Ateneo Puerta del Sol nestles in a 1700s building located smack dab in the middle of the Spanish capital. This hotel blends old-world charm with modern-day conveniences, thus promising guests a comfortable stay without breaking their bank. Staying here affords you easy access to Puerta del Sol Square, which you can reach on foot. After a day’s exploration, you can find comfort in your air-conditioned room with entertainment facilities and a minibar. Room service is a call away.

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Ateneo Puerta del Sol

Wifi Available

Address: Montera, 22
1.56 km (1.0 mi) from El Retiro Park

24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Internet services Lift Safety deposit box Tour desk Heating Fax/photocopying

4. Wellington Hotel & Spa Madrid (from USD 641)

Situated in the affluent Salamanca district, Wellington Hotel & Spa Madrid is a luxurious hotel that has opened its doors to the public in the mid-1900s. It has welcomed prominent people, including novelist Ernest Hemingway.

This 5-star hotel offers a range of leisure facilities such as a swimming pool, a fitness center, a sun terrace, a library, and a full-service spa. The soundproofed rooms come with a marble bathroom and complimentary WiFi. If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, you can reach Paseo de la Castellana on foot.

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Wellington Hotel & Spa Madrid

Wifi Available

Address: Velazquez, 8
782 meters (0.5 ft) from El Retiro Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

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Sandra Lopez

Hi! I'm Sandra, a tour guide from Madrid. I was born and raised in the city center of the capital, so I know every single corner of my favourite city in the world. I have two years of experience as a guide and I love my job, I am very sociable and I am passionate about showing Madrid to everyone. I love history and I am an art expert thanks to the Prado Museum courses.

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Patricia Knabe

Hi! I am a photographer that’s triying to go ahead in filming as a cinematographer. Very social person that has experienced the Madrid during the transicion, Movida madrileña and the LGTB movement. Love to show my city in a special way with all the history and improvements that are happening today. I love to show my city with a different personal perspective. Meeting people from all over the w... Read more

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5. ME Madrid Reina Victoria by Meliá (from USD 462)

Enjoy quick access to Plaza de Santa Ana, Puerta del Sol, and Museo Nacional del Prado when you spend your Madrid holiday in ME Madrid Reina Victoria by Meliá. This centrally located hotel boasts not only a tourist-friendly location but also a gorgeous avant-garde facade. It is set in a 19th-century building.

Depending on your choice of room, you can wake up to the beauty of Plaza de Santa Ana or Plaza del Angel. With two in-house restaurants serving European and Asian cuisines, you need not leave the premises for a taste of delicious food.

If you’re bringing a car to Madrid, there’s private parking in this hotel.

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ME Madrid Reina Victoria by Meliá

Address: Plaza de Santa Ana, 14
1.44 km (0.9 mi) from El Retiro Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

6. Hotel Palacio del Retiro, Autograph Collection (from USD 613)

Hotel Palacio del Retiro, Autograph Collection, nestles in an early 20th-century building, featuring an intricately designed aesthetics — an architectural wonder in its own right. With a National Heritage Status, this 5-star hotel in Art Triangle has mastered the art of hospitality management.

While the building is old, the interior design of this 50-room hotel is as contemporary as it can be. Guests can enjoy modern-day luxuries, such as a fitness center, meeting facilities, on-site dining, and WiFi access throughout the property.

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Hotel Palacio del Retiro, Autograph Collection

Wifi Available

Address: Avenida Alfonso XII, 14
475 meters (0.3 ft) from El Retiro Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

7. NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa (from USD 400)

Spoil yourself with five-star luxuries when you make NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa your home away from home. This sophisticated hotel sleeps guests in elegant bedrooms with gorgeous hardwood flooring and Earth-toned furniture. Two on-site restaurants, a cutting-edge gym, and a spa await guests here. While you will surely appreciate the hotel’s modern amenities, its 19th-century building and historic location are what you will love most. Here, you can feel like living the life of royalty.

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NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa

Wifi Available

Address: San Sebastián, 2
1.46 km (1.0 mi) from El Retiro Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

8. URSO Hotel & Spa, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World (from USD 451)

Instagram-savvy tourists will be left in awe of the beauty of the restored URSO Hotel & Spa, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Set in a 20th-century palace, this 5-star hotel is a popular retreat for the rich and famous. Neo-classical architecture, stained-glass windows, hardwood flooring, marble details, Earth-toned hues, and posh furniture create the look of this hotel with a see-and-be-seen atmosphere.

The hotel is a stroll away from many must-visit attractions such as Museo de Historia de Madrid, the Church of Santa Barbara, and the Plaza Mayor.

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URSO Hotel & Spa, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World

Wifi Available

Address: Mejía Lequerica, 8
1.74 km (1.1 mi) from El Retiro Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

9. Catalonia Las Cortes (from USD 293)

Located in Madrid’s historic center, Catalonia Las Cortes is a breathtaking hotel proximate to Plaza de Santa Ana, Puerta del Sol, and Prado Museum. Before it was a 4-star hotel, it was once home to the Duke of Noblejas. What used to be a classic-style mansion in the 18th century has been thoroughly revamped while maintaining its quintessential charm. Rooms in this luxurious hotel still feature classic decor. Amenities such as WiFi and on-site dining are in store for vacationers.

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Catalonia Las Cortes

Wifi Available

Address: Calle del Prado, 6
1.25 km (0.8 mi) from El Retiro Park

Pets allowed Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Babysitting/child services Laundry

10. InterContinental Madrid, an IHG Hotel (from USD 542)

InterContinental Madrid, an IHG Hotel, sleeps guests in classic-style rooms with spotless baths. Modern amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, award-winning meeting facilities, and a sauna are housed in this hotel — a delightful contrast to its old-world restored 18th-century architecture.

The bustling Calle Serrano Street is within walking distance of the hotel. Before heading out to explore the city, fuel up with a hearty buffet breakfast served in the on-site restaurant. For a nightcap, head to Bar 49, which has an impressive selection of cocktails and wines.

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Plaza de Cibeles Plaza de Cibeles Plaza de Cibeles

This hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from Plaza de Cibeles, a must-see for lovers of architecture and history. The area boasts grand buildings and a beautiful fountain.

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InterContinental Madrid, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Paseo de la Castellana, 49
2.41 km (1.5 mi) from El Retiro Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court

Soak up Madrid's rich history

Madrid is a picturesque metropolis with an old-world charm and state-of-the-art architecture. This city is rich in culture, history, and delicious food, making it a must-visit destination in Spain. If you are a fan of accommodations with an old-world charm, then book one of the above listed historic hotels in Madrid, Spain.

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