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
- 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
Nice hotel. Great location to the museums and shopping. Nice breakfast buffet. Friendly prompt service. Would have been nice if it had a pool as we traveled with kids. Nice view of the fountain. The beds were comfortable. We stayed in a one bedroom suite with a spacious living area which was perfect when we wanted to stay in a have some downtime.
This is a great hotel smack in the middle of beautiful Madrid, just steps from El Prado and Plaza Mayor. Love the complimetary full service coffee. Rooms are nicely appointed and comfortable. The staff is very accommodating and pleasant.
Still love this first-class hotel! Featuring a classic, updated and elegant decor, it is perfectly situated in the heart of Madrid with easy access on foot to museums, shopping, restaurants and many other attractions. My room is large and quiet, with a comfy bed and good-sized bathroom. Helpful staff. I appreciated having an early check-in after an overnight flight. Be sure to reserve a package that includes the delicious breakfast!
This is a beautiful, spectacular hotel right in the heart of Madrid. Room was large, gorgeous, modern while classic, with a wonderful bed and great facilities. Did not go to the restaurants or other facilities in the hotel. Service was mixed - with some pleasant service, but room was not ready for early check-in and 1/3 people I talked to was very rude and unhelpful. Overall I would recommend this hotel for an SPG property in Madrid.
Attention to detail / that’s their specialty. We hosted at The Neptune Room, classy and elegant. Food and drinks and wait staff are the best. I wish they provided soft Spanish music to enhance the mood. Simply charmed otherwise.