5 Boutique Hotels in Madrid for a City Escape

The capital of Spain has no shortage of interesting sights, culture, food and luxury accommodation. Located on the Manzanares River, this major global city is by far one of the most populous in Spain.

Although the city has excellent infrastructure, it still retains a wonderfully rich historical charm. With heritage landmarks like the Royal Opera, Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park and National Library, Madrid is an artistically driven city bursting with colors, flavors and inventiveness.

When it comes to lodgings, here are the top 5 boutique hotels that you should look into when in Madrid.

1. ME Madrid

Occupying a venerable building that dates back to 1923, ME Madrid is a well thought out boutique hotel that caters to an upscale demographic interested in sampling the nightlife in the city.

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For a taste of what the city has to offer, head to the happening tapas restaurant for a bite and move up to the rooftop bar and while the night away chilling to the latest beats.

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At the end of the night, head back to your room and kick back in your sleek and stylish space. With superior modern conveniences typical of a luxury boutique hotel, ME Madrid certainly exceeds expectations.

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2. Villa Magna

The building that houses the Villa Magna hotel used to be a royal residence set aside for Spanish nobles, so it comes as no surprise that the hotel lives up to the level of luxury that its predecessor set.

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Discreet opulence is the main theme of this hotel, and fine attention to detail is prevalent all over the estate. From the picturesque garden to the mahogany wood paneling to the breathtaking spiral staircase, everything about the Villa Magna boasts luxe living.

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Sophisticated decor with a focus on bright colors and warm fabrics give rooms an elegant and comforting feeling. Ensure that you make a reservation at the hotel’s Restaurante Villa Magna for a unique Spanish feast.

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3. Hotel Opera

From the minute you check into Hotel Opera, you will be greeted by a unique experience. Its upscale location opposite the Royal Opera and mere steps away from the Royal Palace puts this hotel at the top of every affluent tourist’s list.

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Although the hotel’s façade is simple, its interior speaks volumes of contemporary style and creativity. Neutral colors and materials are used throughout the hotel, drawing attention not to the furniture, but to large windows and the incredible views that they provide. Each room is outfitted with the latest gadgets, some even with private Jacuzzis.

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The quality of personalized service is impeccable and so is the food at the in-house restaurant.

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4. Hotel Unico

With only 44 rooms embedded in this boutique hotel, you can be sure that you will experience a tranquil and stress-free stay. There will be no horror stories of jostling with a family of five when you are in line to check out.

As the Hotel Unico caters to a prosperous clientele, there is full-time room service, a pillow menu, brand new technology and delightful cuisine served at the double Michelin starred restaurant.

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Housed in an elegant 19th-century palace, this hotel has an exclusive garden-courtyard where you can while the day away with a glass of wine after spending a day at nearby museums.

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5. Hotel Abalú

This cozy yet stylish boutique hotel only houses 15 rooms, ensuring that service will be personalized and guaranteed to please. Hotel Abalú is an urban hotel with unique rooms that feature form and function.

The creatively designed interior tells a tale of peace and serenity. Housing a vast collection of contemporary furniture and art, this hotel also offers guests an array of modern facilities and amenities.

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Junior suites have a Jacuzzi and private in-room cinema whereas the presidential suite has a kitchen, making it the perfect place to stay at if you intend to be in Madrid for an extended trip.

Head over to the Beauty Bar over the weekend for a tipple and engage the other chic guests in conversation.

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Lianne Choo

Born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia to multi-racial parents, Lianne is a bonafide travel and food junkie. Having traveled extensively to over 30 countries, Lianne has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Honolulu and Paris and now calls Taichung, Taiwan home. She speaks fluent English, Malay and French and is currently improving her conversational Mandarin skills. She prefers a life of free spirited travel and freelancing than one spent cooped up in an office. When she's not off on an adventure, you can find her whiling her time away with books, good movies and even better food.