The following selection features hotels that have been chosen for their convenience, price and business-related services, with a few high-end options that offer cutting edge facilities, allowing those who work hard to wind down and relax in style.
Staying near the Paseo de la Castellana
Stretching from central to northern Madrid, from the Edificio BBVA to the Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA), the Paseo de la Castellana is studded with illustrious skyscrapers, business HQs and foreign embassies.
For those visiting the Cuatro Torres business park, the ultimate accommodation in terms of both comfort and convenience is the Eurostars Madrid Tower (from £75). Stay on one of the 235-metre-high tower’s upper floors to enjoy a commanding view over Madrid. This luxurious, modern hotel is widely complimented on forums, its glossy bathroom suites, comfortable beds and plush carpets all making a good impression. Past guests have described the service as “flawless” and also mention the quality of the restaurants. A comprehensive range of services (business centre, laundry, underground car park, valet, spa, room service, concierge, airport shuttle…) are available for a supplementary fee. Moving closer to the centre, the Silken Puerta Castilla is located next to the famous KIO twin towers (the “Puerta de Europa”). The metro station Plaza de Castillo is right outside, from where commuters can join the Palacio de Congresos in just two stops. The Silken is perceived as good value for money (from £40) by business travellers who particularly appreciated the functionality of its rooms equipped with desks, wifi, an ironing board, mini-bar and a flat-screen TV. While breakfast is plentiful and tasty, guests only regret there is less choice when it comes to evening meals in the restaurant.
For those on extended stays, the following serviced apartments located around the Paseo Castellana business strip offer separate sleeping and living spaces, a washing machine and kitchen facilities. At the high-end of the category, with plenty of space and flashy features such as a pool table, the Apartment Castellana Design Delux (from £80) suits those looking for a splash of luxury. Less flashy, the residence Aparthotel Plaza Basilica (from £45) is located in a lively, verdant corner of the financial district and offers independent apartments decorated in a tasteful, classic style. Situated between the KIA towers and Valdeacederas metro, the Apartamentos Plaza Castilla (from £40) are well appointed with sleek, modern furnishings and also offer a good choice of restaurants and shops nearby.
Close to the Airport
Staying near the airport can prove highly practical for business travellers on a tight schedule. Madrid-Barajas airport is also in close proximity to the IFEMA exhibition halls, where many of the city’s international trade fairs, conventions and conferences take place.
The groups Melia and Tryp (a subsidiary of Melia) run three establishments within easy reach of the airport and the IFEMA convention complex. All three hotels are well suited to business travellers, offering meeting rooms, conference equipment, 24-hour airport transfers and early breakfasts from 3am, but each is quite different in terms of style, facilities and price. The mix of rich fabrics, marble and dark wood at the Melia Barajas (from £62) lends it a luxurious edge, while a well-kept garden with an outdoor pool provide the opportunity for a welcome break. Just opposite, the Tryp Alameda (from £58) has a more light and breezy aspect to its décor, and proposes guests the use of a fitness centre and spa treatments. Finally, with a lower price tag (from £35), the Tryp Diana is a no-frills, functional option, which guests have found practical for short stopovers.
High-end Hotels for High-flyers
The most sophisticated hotel in the vicinity of Madrid Barajas airport is the Hilton Madrid Airport (around £135), which has impressed guests with its elegant décor, generous sized rooms, professional staff and filling breakfast buffet. The hydrotherapy pool and fitness suite, although compact, are adequate enough to work out and relieve some stress. A free shuttle service operates between the hotel and airport.
Not everyone needs or desires to stay in business district or near the airport and many business travellers prefer accommodation in central Madrid where they can make the most of the city’s cultural side and take their minds of the job by relaxing in stylish hotels with quality facilities. The warm, modern decor, fully equipped meeting spaces and free internet connection at the Vincci Soho (from £70) place it in an altogether superior category of hotel. Breakfast is served from 5:30am for early risers, though light sleepers are advised to ask for a room on an upper floor facing the courtyard due to the lively streets below. The attention lavished on every detail of the interiors and services at the luxurious Ritz Madrid make it successful among business people with high standards, the only disappointment being the lack of a pool, which for this category of hotel is indeed a shame. Rates start from around £250 for a double room, which includes parking and wifi access.