The Westin Palace, Madrid
What We Love
- Eating under La Rotonda’s stained-glass dome is like dining 100 years ago, when the hotel first opened
- Sunday Opera Brunch, a Madrid institution
- Perfect location across from both the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums
- Rooms give guests room to spread out and relax
What To Know
- Both the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums are across the street
- Hallways are long and labyrinthine, so getting to your room can feel a bit like a Don Quixote adventure
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Turn-of-the-century grandeur meets the needs of the modern business traveler at this hotel. Originally opened in 1912, the Palace Hotel (now a Westin) oozes grandeur, where every surface is molded to intricate perfection and calla lilies catch the eye here and there. The enormous marble lobby, dotted with well-placed parlor-like sitting areas, tends to be a transient place, but the hotel’s landmark La Rotonda restaurant is a destination in itself, thanks to a jaw-dropping stained glass dome ceiling.
Bed and Bath
Although furnished with such standard Westin amenities as the Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath, this hotel also has its own unique charm. Its decor pays homage to the property’s 100-year history, with white-on-white linens dressing heavy wooden beds and old ceramic lamps adorning nightstands and work desks. Embroidered curtains, gilt picture frames and velvet armchairs add even more character, and bathrooms accommodate rose marble dual vanities and a single shower-tub combination.
The La Rotonda restaurant, named for the enormous Belle Epoque glass cupola under which it sits, is the beating heart of the hotel. Here, international guests and madrileños alike come for lavish meals in a historic setting. On Sunday afternoons the opulent brunch spread is augmented by live performances by local opera singers, with the repertoire arranged according to such themes as traditional Spanish zarzuelas and the works of various composers. For a more casual drink, Bar Palace is an old-school man cave Ernest Hemingway used to frequent, with wood paneling and green leather armchairs.
In the Area
Madrid is one of the world’s top art destinations, and the Westin Palace is across the street (well, two different streets, strictly speaking) from two of the city’s top museums, the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. The tiny private collection of Impressionist works at the Museo Sorolla is also worth a visit. The hotel is within walking distance of the bustling Puerta del Sol and the brightly colored Plaza Mayor. From there, a quick stroll brings you to the 19th-century arcades of the Mercado de San Miguel, where you can sample Spanish wines and graze on artisanal meats, cheeses and seafood. After all, Madrid is a foodie paradise, so try some simple Spanish pinchos at La Daniela Medinaceli, just a block behind the Westin Palace. And make sure to stop by the rooftop of Mercado San Antón in Chueca for a nightcap with a view.
How to Get There
Historical building with lovely features, large well-appointed rooms, very good service, good central location, good enough gym... Only negative is that the breakfast is served in the main dining room under the glass stained dome: nice setting but it can get crowded / noisy at peak time; also some of the items on the buffet could be of better quality.
Stayed at this gorgeous hotel for 3 nights. Centrally located, so close to the Prado and other museums as well as a few parks.
The room was excellent, very comfortable as you would expect from a 5 star hotel. The hotel is close to many sights and restaurants, around the corner or up 10-15 min walk. The gym is ok, small but plenty or cardio equipment and some machines.
Before our recent stay at The Westin Palace Hotel, I had been told that it was built many years ago as perhaps the first high quality hotel in Spain. I found that the hotel and its staff continue to deserve a five-star rating. The architecture and interior spaces (including newly renovated rooms) are beautiful. The service-focused staff and great location (for example the Prado Museum is a five minute walk) helped make for a very enjoyable 4 days.
During our recent stay, Carlos, one of the hotel's personable concierges, provided very helpful information and service. Even the bellmen were knowledgeable and had an interest in helping to insure that we were provided a memorable experience.
For about $300 per night, the value was outstanding!