Hotels in Madrid’s Historic Center

by Nellie on June 20, 2011

by Nellie | June 20th, 2011  

In the massive Spanish capital of Madrid, most of what the city has to offer both culturally and historically are in its historic center. Acting as the epicenter of Madrid’s touristic attractions, the historic center is studded with monuments, landmarks and great eats. All factors considered, this is the best place to stay if you’re looking to see Madrid’s major sights. Whether you are a culture vulture, an urban fashionista or a romantic at heart, there is something to feed your craving within minutes from hotels in Madrid’s historic center.

Spreading across a massive area, the urban sprawl that makes up Madrid’s historic centre can be quite difficult to navigate at times. Stretching from the city’s arterial street, Gran Via, to the main square of Plaza Mayor, the old quarter is packed to the brim with hotels, ranging from simplistic budget guesthouses to luxurious five-star hotels.

Hotel prices in Madrid are relatively higher than in other parts of Spain. Your best bet would be to find a hotel that is tucked in a quiet alley or at least in a secondary street. Facing a busy road might mean a constant flow of noise to the wee hours of the morning, considering that this area is studded with popular nightspots and let’s not forget the Spaniards like to party till dawn.

Here is a list of popular hotels in the area, although not a complete one. To see more hotels and their prices, here is a complete list  of cheap hotels in Madrid.

Cheap Hotels in Madrid’s Historic Center

Hotel Plaza de España

One of the cheapest budget options in town, this hotel offers great value for money and an excellent location. Situated at Plaza de España, the hotel gives a fantastic view of the nearby Royal Palace of Madrid and its beautiful gardens. The hotel rooms come in the form of apartments – with separate living and sleeping areas, and some with terraces – making it a family-friendly option.

Hotel Class: 3-star
Parking: Yes. Not included
Wi-Fi: Yes. Not included


Ibis Madrid Centro

Ibis is a popular, economical chain of hotels with simplistic and affordable rooms. This particular branch is located in the Malasaña area, known for the raving nightlife. Just minutes from Plaza Bilbao, you are within a hop and jump away from Plaza Mayor and the city’s attractions. Its rooms are fitted with all-white furnishing, comfortable linens and sleek design. For those looking for comfort and have a tight budget, this might just be up your alley.

Hotel Class: 2-star
Parking: No
Wi-Fi: Yes. Not included

Room Mate Mario

A funky, stylish boutique hotel, Room Mate Mario might be part of a Spanish hotel chain, but its pocket size and personal services let you think otherwise. It is centrally located near Opera metro station, minutes away from the Royal Palace of Madrid and Madrid’s popular clubs. For the young and tasteful, I’d highly recommend this quirky hotel to spice up your trip. Rooms are decked out in white walls, bright-colored furniture and glass bathroom doors.

Hotel Class: 2-star
Parking: No
Wi-Fi: Yes. Included

Hotel De Las Letras

Housed in a historically-rich heritage building along Gran Via, this hotel smells of sophistication and extravagance. An interesting blend of old meets new is on display here as you walk through its antique facade into a world of sleek, modern interior. Its 103 rooms are designed in a minimalistic manner, with parquet flooring, comfortable furnishing and WiFi acess. If you’re looking to splurge, then this is the place for ultimate indulgence. The hotel’s best feature is perhaps its world-class spa: beautifully decked out in blue mosaic tiles to exude a soothing effect.

Hotel Class: 4-star
Parking: No
Wi-Fi: Yes. Included

Emperador Hotel

Decked out in extravagant chandeliers and carpeted flooring, this hotel retains the 19th century Spanish feel with plush furnishing and high ceilings. The Hotel Emperador building is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city, majestically poised along the mid-section of Gran Via. Its outdoor rooftop pool offers the best panorama of Madrid’s skyline in town, so be sure to take a dip when you’re here.

Hotel Class: 4-star
Parking: No
Wi-Fi: Yes. Not included

Hotel Maria Elena Palace

Located just 500 meters from the heart of the city, Plaza Mayor, this hotel puts you right in the center of all the happenings. All the rooms in this vintage-style hotel are tastefully furnished with plush blue-and-white upholstery, floral walls and marble-floored bathrooms equipped with hydro-massage showers. If you think you’re going to spend all your time in the museums, then this hotel will suit you perfectly due to its proximity to the city’s major museums.

Hotel Class: 4-star
Parking: No
Wi-Fi: Yes. Not included

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