With our partner easyJet Holidays, these are the best boutique hotels and urban retreats to stay at in the Spanish capital of Madrid

Emperador

Emperador
The best view in Madrid

Best for… a celeb experience

Madrid’s largest swimming pool sits on the rooftop terrace of this spectacular hotel, overlooking the city’s famous skyline and overlooked by its destination cocktail bar, a vision in art deco. The building is a landmark, quickly gaining a reputation after its opening in 1948 as one of the best hotels in the world. A favourite of celebrities, the terrace is known as one of the most exclusive places to be seen in the city. And you can pop by after breakfast. 

Gran Vía, 53

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Senator Gran Via 70 Spa

Senator Gran Via 70 Spa
An underground spa that's fit for a pharaoh

Best for… a spa break

This smart hotel, right in the heart of Madrid and on one of the city’s most famous boulevards, has a brilliant secret: a spectacular spa set in a natural cave, with Indo-Roman themed antechambers boasting everything from a pebble pool to a cold-water plunge pool (brrr). If you fancy a different kind of view, head to the rooftop terrace jacuzzis, or to the hotel’s own in-house theatre, renowned for showcasing the best local comedy.

Gran Vía, 70

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Axel Hotel Madrid

Axel Hotel Madrid
See a different side of Madrid

Best for… a romantic getaway

This elegant, LGBTQ+ friendly hotel is a brilliant base for exploring Madrid’s vibrant queer scene. Tucked away in one of the city’s bohemian enclaves, on the Barrio de las Letras, it’s surrounded by incredible restaurants, clubs and shopping, and is within walking distance of the main tourist spots. Rooms in this adults-only hotel are spectacular, explorations of avant-garde inspired by and celebrating the Madrilenian Scene, the counter-cultural movement that flourished in the late 70s. While it’s pitched at the LGBTQ+ community, it prides itself on being hetero-friendy. 

Calle de Atocha, 49

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Ganivet

Ganivet
In the heart of Madrid

Best for… urban explorers

Live life like a local at this brilliantly located, contemporary urban hotel – with the added perk of a rooftop jacuzzi and sun terrace. Everything about this hotel is designed to make you feel at home: the laidback lounges, the TV and reading room, your own parking space. Except that you’re at home in one of Europe’s greatest cities, with Puerto Toledo, the Almudena Cathedral, Prado and Royal Palace all on your doorstep. And, of course, that rooftop pool. 

Calle de Toledo

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Victoria 4 Puerta del Sol

Victoria 4 Puerta del Sol
Go underground at this hotel's urban taverna

Best for… a luxurious city break

Set back from one of Madrid’s smartest squares, the Puerta del Sol, this elegant hotel is ideal for a city break with a side of pampering. The location is the star: Madrid’s most popular sites are within walking distance, including Kilometre Zero and the Casa del Reloj. But the hotel is more than just a base: in true Madrid style, it boasts its own taverna-style restaurant –specialising in tapas and typical Castilian food – and a fabulous converted cave for a breakfast room. 

Calle de la Victoria, 4

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Room Mate Oscar

Room Mate Oscar
A hostel with heart

Best for… modern nomads

Cosmopolitan, friendly, knowledgeable and with excellent taste, Oscar aims to be the perfect host. A concept hotel that actually works, this quirky boutique is digital-nomad-hotspot-meets-designer’s-wonderland. From the cool, in-the-round breakfast bar to the rooftop solarium and pool – whose Bali beds and loungers have one of the best views in Madrid – it’s perfect for grown-up backpackers, within strolling distance of the city centre.  

Plaza de Pedro Zerolo

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NH Collection Madrid Paseo del Prado

NH Collection Madrid Paseo del Prado
The perfect place for a royal visit

Best for… art lovers

Built within a turn-of-the-century neo-baroque palace just across from the world-famous Prado, this is the quintessential hotel for anyone visiting Madrid’s Art Triangle. It's a former summer retreat for the Count of Bugallal's family, so its gorgeous rooms are palatial, unique and as dazzling as the artworks across the road. The tearoom is legendary, and serves exquisite teas, award-winning handmade chocolates and high-tea-themed gin and tonics. 

Plaza Canovas del Castillo

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