Hotel Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- 19th-century style marries modern sophistication
- Interior designer Lorenzo del Castillo brought a touch of whimsy to the regal lounge areas
- Pre-dinner cocktails in the Chinese Lounge
What To Know
- The posh surrounding neighborhood is packed with international embassies
- Breakfast is not included in the rate
- There’s an indoor pool and small fitness center on the lower level
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Once the lavish private residence of Francophile Duke of Santo Mauro, the namesake Marriott Autograph Collection hotel is redolent of Old Madrid with a side of 19th-century Parisian glamour. But the 49 guestrooms are thoroughly modern, decorated in muted tones and mocha accents with leather upholstered headboards, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and parquet floors; some suites have cozy fireplaces. Renovated public areas include the Chinese and Red Lounges and a fitness center, sauna, Turkish bath and indoor mosaic-tiled swimming pool. La Biblioteca Restaurant, originally the palace’s library, serves traditional market Spanish food such as battered hake with mashed potatoes.
In the Area
For late night entertainment, head to one of the live music boîtes along Calle Echegaray or Calle Huertas for some jazz or flamenco to go with your gin-and-tonic. On Sundays and holidays the Rastro, Madrid’s sprawling flea market, provides a perfect segue into a rioja-soaked lunch in trendy La Latina. More active types can finish off the weekend — or the workday — with a jog (or just a stroll and an ice cream) in Madrid’s green lung, Retiro Park, or by wandering through the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid. Art lovers will be in seventh heaven at the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums.
How to Get There
This was an absolutely wonderful hotel out of the hum drum of the city centre and yet easy to get to. Across from the Swedish Embassy and in a quiet and lovely neighborhood. The amenities and the service were stellar. The staff from beginning to check out were so helpful, The room was fantastic and we even came back earlier one day to just enjoy a little rest in our lovely room. I highly recommend this beautiful, charming hotel for anyone wanting a nice hotel experience in Madrid. We did not have to pay for internet as this questionnaire is asking. It was free. This hotel belongs to a Duke and his family so all amenities well thought out. We bought a 2-day tour bus pass and a stop not far from hotel where you could get on and off anywhere in Madrid. Hotel in a neighborhood that gave you the feeling you were living there with restaurants, especially a good Italian restaurant close by.
You know the duty of a reviewer is to highlight pros but also to find cons.
This hotel in a perfect location in Madrid is really an architectonic jewel. The internal design is imperial and solemn, with different wonderful rooms (always busy for some event) and furniture from the 19th century.
The restaurant is very old style and small. However the garden is marvellous. The food is good even if maybe is the same menu of the 19th century like the furniture.
Don’t come here with your children, this is not the place.
I have been in a suite, wow!! Wonderful! 3 stores with lots of room but an out of date TV system (no wireless connection).
Anyway no doubt that is one of the best hotel in Madrid!
There are so few, private and peaceful places left in Madrid for lunch. The garden here is a gem!
We were three. The salads and soup were perfect size to start. The fish and meat main courses were not too large, just right. The wine excellent.
Truth is you expect it to be perfect, and it was.
Be prepared to pay for it as well. €200 for three people.
We have been here for early evening drinks, for lunch indoors, dinner, and had friends stay here. It is always perfect. So relaxed; just right.
While this is a Marriott property it is far from a standard Marriott. It is a small elegant boutique hotel with many amenities. We were traveling for pleasure and it met our needs perfectly. Lots of local charm and character. In a quite neighborhood but easy walking to a nice selection of restaurants and shops. A five minute walk to Metro with easy and quick access to central Madrid. Spacious, comfortable room with great bed and beautiful bath. Friendly staff. Highly recommend.
Mostly a wonderful stay - Platinum members staying on Marriott points. This included a complimentary breakfast (which was lovely and the breakfast room is stunning).
Our room was absolutely beautiful - a huge space with a enormous washroom and a dressing room off the main bedroom and a sitting area in the room. Spotlessly clean and very quiet. Good shower and the AC worked well and kept the room nice and cool. Can't fault anything about the room at all and slept really well in the comfy bed. The mini sound system provided by the bed was of excellent quality and a nice touch. Staff at the front desk professional and polite.
We arrived by car and that was problematic - firstly we found the hotel difficult to find despite using GPS - unless you know what you are looking for it's not especially well signed and we circled the block a few times (Madrid traffic is pretty hectic!) trying to find where to pull up. I expected some type of signed pull up area in the courtyard or outside, or the valet/a member of staff waiting to assist, but there was no one there and just a long line of taxis (which are constantly there as they wait here for customers, which is handy if you need a cab) on the street outside.
It was extremely unclear where you should go as a guest and as there were no staff in sight, either outside or hovering discreetly nearby in the courtyard area (which nope, you can't drive into), we pulled up behind the taxi line in front of the hotel to see if someone would come assist us, which didn't happen. I got out and went inside the courtyard and up the stairs to the front desk area to locate someone while my husband waited in the car. If you were arriving by yourself this would have been a nightmare to navigate and get help as the street is very busy outside and the taxis were getting agitated at us being there. After we found staff they were great - polite and very helpful - valet parked for us and brought our luggage to the room (including lugging our heavy cases up some stairs, so that was appreciated!), but not the smoothest of arrivals.
Generally very good though - this is a really beautiful hotel with gorgeous rooms and high quality food in a convenient walking location to many sights and restaurants. I'd return if we came back to Madrid, though wouldn't bring a car next time..!