Last Updated on March 10, 2024 by Katrina

Photo credit: Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

The Spanish capital of Madrid is steeped in history and tradition. This is the home of the Museo del Prado, bullfighting, and an endless supply of tapas. But it also offers modern delights, like strolling through the 350-acre Parque del Retiro. And looking for treasures at the Rastro market. And sipping a sangria and people-watching from one of the countless outdoor cafes. To embrace the history and spirit of the city, choose among the best luxury hotels in Madrid.

Hotel Palacio Del Retiro, Autograph Collection (C. de Alfonso XII, 14; 34-915-23-74-60) Retiro

Stay in an ornate 1908 mansion with frescoes and stained glass windows across from Parque del Retiro, and a short walk from the Prado. Fodor’s says this “spectacular hotel is a case in point that classical and modern décor can happily coexist when done right.” Tripadvisor users don’t find the luxury hotel too formal, either. One calls it “warm and welcoming” while another applauds the “very elegant, comfortable rooms and bathrooms, and excellent service. Great breakfast.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Four Seasons Hotel Madrid (C. de Sevilla, 3; 34-910-88-33-33) Sol

Condé Nast Traveler applauds this Four Seasons hotel for its mix of old and new. The building’s ornate 19th-century façade and opulent interiors have been preserved … You won’t find cutting edge here, but there are no rough edges either.” One Google reviewer calls it “a true gem in the middle of bustling Madrid. Rooms are large andwell-appointed with the latest amenities, including fully automated lighting and multi-room speakers. The hotel also boasts Dani, one of the best restaurants in the area, on the rooftop.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá (Cuesta de Sto. Domingo, 5; 34-915-41-67-00) Malasaña

This 180-room hotel in a 19th century mansion embraces its Old World roots. “Bask in the genius work of renowned 17th-century Spanish painter Diego Velázquez,” writes Forbes Travel Guide, “whose art inspires the décor in every room.” A Tripadvisor user calls it “elegant and original, not a cookie-cutter corporate hotel.” Another loves the location, “within walking distance of the museums and historical areas, about 30 minutes stroll through either the main thoroughfare or the older parts of town.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid (Pl. de la Lealtad, 5; 34-917-01-67-67) Retiro

“Since its opening in 1910, the Belle Epoque hotel has lived many lives and been a home away from home for royalty and rock stars, modish Madrileños and mere aristocracy,” writes Condé Nast Traveler. In its current form, the 153 rooms are “all supremely comfortable with rain showers and separate tubs supplied with Natura Bissé products.” A Google reviewer loves “the vibe that blended old and new. There was no sense of stuffiness and a variety of experiences: hip bar, delicate afternoon tea, Michelin restaurant, and an atmospheric garden bar.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Rosewood Villa Magna (Paseo de la Castellana, 22; 34-915-87-12-34) Salamanca

Travel+Leisure has named this as its top luxury hotel in Madrid, thanks its “spectacular location in the heart of the city” and its “unabashed elegance…. rooms offer contemporary furnishings, plush white bedding, and picture windows that ensure the city is the star of the show.” A Tripadvisor user also raves about this 154-room hotel’s location. This is the neighborhood everyone should want to be in—near the luxury stores, restaurants, and a short walk to the museums. It attracted a well-dressed European crowd and very much felt like a neighborhood hangout, not a hotel for tourists.”   >> Book this hotel for less