The spa has a conversation-piece swimming pool and a hammam steam room
The airy design and lighting in the Urso Bar make it gleam like a jewel box
What To Know
Located between Madrid's hip Malasaña and Chueca neighborhoods, a short stroll from the boutique-lined Calle Fuencarral
Breakfast is served in a beautiful conservatory room
Parking on site
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Belle Epoque palace turned hip hideaway with a subterranean spa and an on-point bar
Between the hip neighborhoods of Malasaña and Chueca, this 78-room boutique sleep occupies a neoclassical palace and is both lavish and approachable, thanks to architect Antonio Obrador's deft touch. Many of the original features have been preserved, including a mahogany elevator and stunning stained glass windows. The hardwood-floored guestrooms are decked out in a soothing palette of soft gray, green and cream and are styled with chic accents like historic black-and-white prints of Madrid. The lobby sports ingeniously designed freestanding bookshelves with Japanese-print side panels, and there's an open-riser staircase that leads to a leafy conservatory and floods the room with a golden glow. The subterranean spa is by award-winning Natura Bisse and features a conversation-piece swimming pool, a hammam steam room and treatments using such ingredients as diamond dust. Look for newly announced chefs and concepts for the seasonal pop-up restaurant, the Table, or tuck into tapas, salads and carpaccio dishes made with ingredients from the nearby Mercado de Barceló at Urso Bar, which also offers a comprehensive wine and champagne list.
In the Area
Borrow a couple of the hotel's guest bicycles and explore this storied city on two wheels. Start with the bourgeois charm of the Alonso Martínez barrio; here you'll find boutiques like Oliphant, a whitewashed atelier selling pretty dresses, hip denim and accessories, and fab design emporiums like Madrid in Love, where you'll find everything from covetable furniture one-offs to sushi under the same roof. If jamon and champagne are your preferred ingredients for a perfect night out, you'll love Bocadillo de Jamón y Champán, which, as the name suggests, specializes in top-shelf bubbles and Spain's famous ham. Alternatively, you can head to Mama Framboise, a cult café and bakery that has the shabby-chic vibe down pat. For a taste of Madrid's famously late nightlife, groove down to jazz club El Junco, which serves the neighborhood's music-loving cool cats until dawn.