Dive into Central Madrid

If you want to stay in central Madrid, you should know that not only does the price of accommodation rise, but the size of rooms also seems to decrease. To compensate for the lack of space, the Amador De Los Rios has concentrated its efforts on the design and functionality, offering twenty-nine studio-apartments decorated by the interior designer Pascua Ortega that are fitted with kitchenettes and, a real treat, hydro-massage showers. None of these features go unnoticed by guests, who describe the overall result as elegant and the outdoor pool area as stylish and relaxing. This hotel offers high-quality facilities at an accessible price for a 4-star establishment located near to Place Colón in the chic shopping district of Salamanca. From 105€ a night for a 25-metre-square studio. Guests have also found that the rooms at the Emperador, a 4-star hotel in a sought-after central location, work well on a practical level. Even if the decoration is somewhat dated according to some, the hotel makes up for it with a rooftop terrace where guests can relax in the pool or on a sunbed while admiring the view of the Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral. These perks come at a reasonable price, with rates starting at €90 for a double room. Travellers who have stayed at the Catalonia Gran Via (4-star) have also been pleased with its rooftop pool. This hotel distinguishes itself even further with its range of additional services, which include a fitness centre, sauna and hot tub. From €65. Another highly praised hotel in central Madrid is the 5-star Wellington. This establishment is a hit with those looking for rest and relaxation, offering a pleasant pool, a spa, sensory showers and a hot tub. From €165.

The Benefits of Staying Further Away from the Centre

Choosing to stay a little further away from the centre can mean that you get a lot more for your money, plus it provides the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the frenetic pace of the centre, where people work hard and play hard, which means incessant activity and noise. Guests consider the rooms at the hotel Maydrit to be vast in size compared to city-centre standards. The hotel’s location away from the central Madrid (nearer to the Parque Juan Carlos and the airport) means that guests can enjoy a sizable pool and outdoor area in peace and quiet for an affordable price; rates start at €53 for a double, which guests have found highly competitive for a modern 4-star establishment. Located in the district of Moncloa, a five-minute drive from the central Plaza España, the Hotel Exe Moncloa (4-star) has impressed customers with its modern décor, comfortable furnishings and, above all, the rooftop terrace with pool. According to past guests, all facilities maintain high standards, making the hotel good value for money given its reasonable rates (from €62). A fitness room and sauna are also on offer.

Moving to a higher category, and therefore a higher price bracket (from €150), the Mirasierra Suites Hotel & Spa is a coveted address. Located 600 metres from Herrera Oria in a northern suburb of Madrid, the hotel contains 180 designer rooms furnished with fine wood and decorated in natural tones. Starting at an average 56 square metres, the generous size of the accommodation has been much commented. Other strong points recognised by guests include the choice between the outdoor pool and the immense indoor pool, the spa treatments and the gourmet restaurant. Some visitors do mention being disappointed that the room price does not include access to the spa or use of the wifi in the rooms, this so bear these extra costs in mind. Located towards the airport and the IFEMA conference centre, the Nuevo Boston has the advantage of a free shuttle service that takes guests to the city centre on weekends and public holidays. If you’re planning on driving to Madrid, this 4-star is really worth the detour as according to travellers, the €14-per-day parking fee is reasonable for the city. The Nuevo Boston possesses a pool that’s worthy of the name. Surrounded by sunbeds and a lawn, guests have described it as a splendid place to relax. As for the price, customers are satisfied that the rates (from €60) are correct for the level of quality. Lastly, travellers are keen to emphasise the value for money (from €59) offered by the 4-star Novotel Madrid Puente de La Paz. Add to this a good breakfast, welcoming staff, public transport links just outside (a 20-minute trip to the city centre), plus a decent pool, and you can’t go far wrong!