Looking out from the balconies over the beautiful San Sebastian Church
The bar's lengthy gin menu
Helpful staff has good in-the-area recommendations
Rooms have an inner door you can close to keep the noise from the corridor out
What To Know
If you need slightly more space, ask for one of the corner rooms
Built in 1808, the palace was designed by Jorge Duran with help from Juan de Villanueva (the architect behind the Prado)
Basic WiFi access is free of charge; premium access is $14 per day
Parking on site
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Majestic neoclassical mansion with an intimate late night bar in Madrid's lively Barrio de las Letras
In the bohemian heart of Madrid’s Las Letras quarter, sandwiched between Calle Atocha and Plaza del Angel, NH Palacio de Tepa is a neoclassical mansion turned 85-room hotel with bags of character. The beautiful brick façade has been meticulously restored, and Ramon Esteve’s esteemed design studio is behind the clean lines and soothing gray palette of the interior. The calming marble-floored entrance has soaring ceilings; it was once an open thoroughfare for horses. There are huge round vases filled with flowers, and original cast iron columns fill the public areas. The extensive restoration revealed the site’s rich history, and there are 16th-century artifacts visible under glass panels behind the reception desk.
Bed and Bath
The 85 guestrooms are spread across five floors, and each features a collection of artworks by a different artist, from Javier Mariscal to Francesc Artigau. Light spills into the corridors from the central courtyard, and many of the rooms have balconies that look out over the San Sebastian Church. Each room is elegantly kitted out with polished wooden floors, white walls and soft gray leather headboards. Rooms on the fifth floor are under the eaves and feel like alpine lodges with their sloping wooden beams. There are two Junior Suites, one with vaulted ceilings, the other with a mezzanine floor, while all bathrooms are marble and stocked with luxe amenities.
Downstairs, Paco Roncero’s Estado Puro is a lively yet diminutive 32-seat lounge. It's adorned with 980 flamenco dolls all dressed in red (apart from one central figurine in yellow), while the ceiling is decorated with hundreds of peinetas (intricate combs worn by female dancers). Guests and locals fill the bar, which is open until 2 a.m. and serves light tapas and an impressive selection of 35 gins. For more formal dining there’s the intimate à la carte Palacio de Tepa restaurant, which offers regional cuisine under the watchful eye of the two-Michelin-starred Roncero. Right next to the restaurant is the living room, which is stocked with books and magazines and provides a good central space to relax in while taking advantage of the free tea and coffee. Upstairs there’s a 24-hour gym and a room for a massage, manicure or haircut.
In the Area
There’s not much that isn’t in the area, such is the hotel’s super-central location. For an art fix, check out the Museo del Prado, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, which features works by Joan Miró and Juan Gris. For a change of pace head to the Hammam al Andalus Madrid, which is a candlelit den of hot Arabian baths built atop a century-old well in the Almudena neighborhood. If you’ve come to Spain to eat your bodyweight in tapas, make a beeline for Mercado de San Miguel; it’s full of counters piled high with olives, breads and Spanish hams, and you often get a glass of wine thrown in gratis. Don’t miss the burrata stall.