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Accommodation in Madrid

In the hotel bracket, the city is strong for luxury (4/5* at 200 euroweenies and upwards), mid-range and so-called 'Budget Chic' establishments (2/3* at 100-200 euroweenies). There are plenty of budget places in the old part of the city, which can be quite, errr, characterful, but noise can be a factor if you choose this option. A number of new 'short-term' apartments have come on the market recently, ranging from spankingly modern to rather louche. For hostals and pensions you're again looking mainly in the historic centre and there are literally hundreds of places to choose from, mostly family owned.

Below we list some places that have had good reports, but please remember that opinions differ and what may be cute and bohemian to one person maybe grotty and fusty to another. In other words we reserve the right to be wrong. Of course, we would love to receive your opinions about your own accommodation experiences in Madrid so don't hesitate to contact us if you want to contribute.

Madrid Hotels

A list of some of the best hotels in town. Unless specifically identified otherwise all of of these are located within the city limits and within easy walking distance or a only a few metro stops from the historic centre and the major attractions and museums etc.

2010 update: Chic&basic has opened two new hotels in Madrid, the Mayerling and the Atocha, with rates starting from around €75 (£68) for a double room. A nice touch is that they leave breakfast in a bag outside your door and they offer free refreshments in the lobbies.

A. Gaudí | Located at the very beginning of the famous Gran Via in the city centre the hotel is of an elegant neo-classical construction built in the first decade of the 20th century, with a very grand facade and balconies of intricately wrought iron.

Stars: ** | Tel: 915 312 222 | cataloni@hoteles-catalonia.es

Abba Castilla Plaza | Located at the end of the Paseo de la Castellana in the north of the city at the foot of the famous leaning Kio Towers (torres Kío). The hotel is a glass and granite structure offering modern rooms and large windows.

Stars: **** | Tel: 913 231 186 | castilla-plaza@abbahoteles.com

AC Aitana | Located on the Paseo de la Castellana and aimed primarily at the 'businessman' market. Decor is minimalist and oriental.

Stars: **** | Tel: 914 584 970 | aitana@ac-hoteles.com

AC Santo Mauro | Luxury lodging in calle Zurbano. In olden days it was the palace of the Dukes of Santo Mauro dating from the 1890s. The place was renovated in the 1990s but they kept the neo-classical style and in some of the suites you still get 19th century Italian marble fireplaces and chimneys! Also has a large private garden.

Stars: ***** | Tel: 913 196 900 | santo-mauro@ac-hoteles.com

Adler | Luxury lodging on calle Velazquez in the posh barrio of Salamanca. The hotel facade is set off in a neo-classical fashion but inside its more of a colonial ranch feel - lots of mahogany and other wood fittings, white and cream walls etc. You keep looking around half-expecting the fan-wallah to announce tea is being served. Most rooms have marble bathrooms.

Stars: ***** | Tel: 914 263 220 | hoteladler@iova-sa.com

Castellana Intercontinental | This was the first 'modern' hotel constructed in Madrid after the deprivations of the civil war and quickly became a centre of political life and high society for the city. Had an overhaul in 2002.

Stars: ***** | Tel: 917 007 300 | madrid@interconti.com

Interior at Hotel el Laura.El Laura | Little by little the Room-Mate chain of small but quirky hotels is extending into Spain. The Laura is one of four in Madrid (we also feature the Mario - see below) and is located at Travesía de Trujillos 3 - Descalzas district, only a short walk from Puerta del Sol and the bohemian district of La Latina - i.e. very central.

There are 36 apartments, all unique in some way and with some funky duplexes and attics. Each one is equipped with wi-fi internet connection, flat screen tv, dvd player. Air-Con as standard, as well as a mini-kitchen.

Interior designer on this project was Tomas Alia.

Stars: *** | Tel: 917 011 670 | laura@room-matehoteles.com

El Madroño | Quite modern (lots of marble, glass and mirrors) this is an 'Aparthotel' in the Salamanca district with a reputation for good service. There are 66 rooms, a fitness centre, a very pleasant and private interior garden and, perhaps most useful of all, its own parking.

Stars: *** | Tel: 915 625 292 | madrid@interconti.com

Gran Meliá Fénix | 215 super luxury rooms decorated in 19th Century English style with nice touches like Bang & Olufsen TV sets, Internet access, jacuzzis, domotic control systems - yadda yadda yadda, you get the idea. The hotel overlooks the Paseo de Castellana and Plaza Colon so perfect for the shopping on Serrano and Goya yet close to the historic centre and the golden triangle of museums as well. There's also the Royal Service Executive Floor for rock stars and the like with 16 suites served by a private reception area, butler service, pillow menu, private buffet and permanent bar amongst other services.

Stars: ***** | Tel: 914 316 700 | gran.melia.fenix@solmelia.com

Hotel Intercontinental Madrid Intercontinental
Slap bang on in the middle of Madrid's finance district, so perfect for all the bankers and hedge fund chappies. 307 rooms, 28 suites, conferencing facilities, gym and spa. Wifi throughout.

Respected restaurant and 'Bar49' for cocktails. Posh!

Stars: ***** | Tel: 917 007 300 | icmadrid@ihg.com

Mario | Also known as Hotel Campomanes for some obscure reason (although it clearly says Mario on the outside), it is located just across the street from Opera metro station. Good choice for those seeking quiet yet want to be centrally located. Sensor lights in the hallways, wifi and plasma TVs in the rooms which are small but very clean, the decor is all spacey black and white with slashes of red and you feel like you're on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Stars: *** | Tel: 915 488 548 | mario@room-matehoteles.com

La Residencia De El Viso | A residential mansion built in 1930s Art Deco style, the prime selling points for this place are its location (a tranquil street in Chamartin barrio) and the friendly, personal service that only family-run residences can offer. The best rooms look into the interior patio and all have en-suite bathrooms. The attached restaurant is highly praised and popular with local business people for lunch. Recommended.

Stars: *** | Tel: 915 640 370 | reservas@residenciadelviso.com

The Ritz | Inaugurated in 1910 by the then king Alfonso XIII. Your bedrooms come decorated in the 'isabelino' or Louis XV style and you have the satisfaction of knowing you're staying at the place where aristocrats down the years have watered and sheltered themselves. It's also where people park brand new Bugatti Veyron's for the rest of us to ogle.

Stars: ***** | Tel: 917 016 767 | reservas@ritz.es

Santo Domingo | An elegant old building in a central street just off Gran Via. Interiors by Gaston y Daniela and Gancedo. Most rooms have a view over its own terrace.

Stars: *** | Tel: 915 479 800 | reserva@hotelsantodomingo.com

Hotel Tryp Gran Via. Tryp Gran Via
Located right opposite Gran Via metro station, this elegant hotel was originally founded in 1925 but has been totally renovated in recent years. Its 'Hemingway Bar' is a popular meeting point and has some excellent views of one of Madrid's most important thoroughfares.

Stars: *** | Tel: 915 221 121 | granvia@trypnetel.com

Tryp Monte Real | This hotel is not located in the city centre so beware. However, its position in the super posh residential suburb of Puerta de Hierro gives it some advantages for travellers - not least the nearby prestigious golf club, its own tennis courts, an outdoor pool (with bar in summer) and large, well maintained grounds which it make it a fresh and cool solution if visiting in the height of the summer heat.

Stars: **** | Tel: 913 162 140 | montereal@trypnetel.com

Hotel Urban | A 'Grand Luxe' funky designer hotel on Carrera de San Jeronimo which is centrally located and good for the museums and shops. There are two attached bars which have become popular amongst the trendy fashionistas. At street level you have the 'Glass Bar' (where all the chairs and tables etc. are all made from glass) and the rooftop bar (La Terraza) with restaurant, pool (although no swimming at night) and DJ's playing laid-back grooves and chill-out.

Stars: ***** | Tel: 917 877 770 | urban@derbyhotels.com

Villa Real | Located opposite the Congreso de los Disputados, just a minute's stroll from the famous Plaza Santa Ana. The building dates from the 19th century and the interior has been designed by Félix Garcia with lots of modern paintings and genuine Roman mosaics.

Stars: ***** | Tel: 914 203 767 | villareal@derbyhotels.es

Hotel Wellington | Famous amongst the fans of bullfighting because its 'English Bar' is used for post-corrida get togethers where they discuss the day's events - which breeder produced good toros, which matador did well, who sucked etc. Very classical and elegant in aspect and decor. Old school Spanish film stars and minor royalty sometimes stay here.

Stars: **** | Tel: 915 754 400 | wellin@genio.infor.es

Zenit Abeba | Very modern hotel (totally refurbished in 2001) and located in a nice part of Salamanca barrio on a quiet side street close to the very upmarket shopping street of Jose Ortega y Gasset (think Armani / Boss / Prada etc.) The interior and rooms are modernist with clean lines and neutral colours. All the latest tech and integrated posh restaurant.

Stars: *** | Tel: 914 011 650 | abeba@zenithoteles.com