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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We had a really great stay at the Hotel Santo Mauro. My wife and I stayed for seven nights; it was our first time to Madrid (and to Spain). We had an absolutely wonderful time in Madrid, in large part, due to our choice to stay at this hotel. We were also considering the similar hotel closer to Retiro Park, but decided on this one. First, the staff were incredible, every single one of them. Starting with our early morning arrival at 8 am, Victoria was helpful, friendly, and invited us to have coffee and a snack and gave us ideas about how to spend the few hours until our room was ready. She was fabulous throughout the week, too. The other staff at the front desk were also exceptional in their pleasantness, suggestions for restaurants, and for things to do in the city. This includes Carmen, Anna, Miguel, Carlos, and Paloma (thanks for the hair iron suggestion, too!). The staff in the restaurants were also so professional, competent, and friendly. This includes Raul, Jaime, and Alejandro. Be sure to get one of Alejandro’s espresso martinis and be sure to watch him make it for you! Then there are the bell staff, always available to open the taxi door and help with luggage; and the housekeeping and maintenance staff. Any names excluded above are only because I did not know their names or can’t remember.
Second was the hotel itself. It is small but never felt crowded. The architecture, furnishings, and artwork are beautiful. We were fortunate to be in a suite and had plenty of room. The many sitting rooms around the hotel always open (well, except for the occasional private event, which did not bother us at all) and are unique. They will serve you food and drinks in any of them. Also, the garden area has many sitting areas, too. The fitness center was small, but had anything you might need to get by; some resistance bands would be a nice and simple addition. The food was excellent, too. Breakfast every day was the continental. We ended up getting a late bite when getting back to the hotel around 10 pm most nights. The hotel’s location was pretty central as far as we were concerned. Ten minute walk to Calle Serrano shopping area. Twenty minutes to Retiro Park. Maybe 30 minutes to Plaza Mayor. And taxis are plentifully available and not expensive.
We highly recommend this hotel and hope to visit again sometime in the not too distant future.
We were upgraded to the Presidential suite, which was enormous. Our room had a balcony and large terrace overlooking the gardens, and a nice bathroom with shower and tub (although the shower controls were confusing). We had nice drinks in the lounge, and found the service great throughout. Highly recommended.
Our room, a superior, was enormous (1000 sq. feet or so), with a large dressing room and marble bathroom. The rooms seem very new, and are an attractive modern style. The main hotel, a palace is more traditional and really gorgeous. The garden, to sit and have a drink, was lovely. The service was also great (loved the upgrade), greeted with champagne and lemon water. For the level of accommodation and service, it was a good value. Would love to return - one of my favorite hotels I've stayed in!
Check in early at this hotel, it over books it’s rooms.
I had a confirmed booking made 2 weeks earlier, staying in the hotel with 2 other work colleagues. With no prior communication I was told at check-in the hotel was full and I was being booked out to another property. After a long discussion I was found a room. Not the way to start a 5* hotel experience.
The design of the hotel blew me away - the entire property was beautifully and lavishly restored - it truly feels as if you're staying in a palace. The staff was unbelievably accommodating, including for late-night drinks while sitting in the living room. I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Madrid.