What We Love
- Dining at the intimate two-Michelin-star Santceloni restaurant
- Close to Salamanca’s elegant streets and posh boutiques
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Advance reservations are recommended for Santceloni restaurant, especially on weekends
- Downtown Madrid is a cab ride away
- Breakfast is served until 12 p.m. on Sundays
- While pet-friendly, the hotel charges a fee per pet per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Within strolling distance of Salamanca’s elegant streets and posh boutiques, the Hesperia Madrid is a luxe hotel with a two-Michelin-star restaurant. Revamped by lauded interior designer Pascua Ortega, the ground floor is built around a sleek, light-flooded atrium and is home to an impressive whisky bar and an upscale sushi restaurant. The hotel has enlisted big name Spanish designers to take charge of the interiors. Erico Navazo is the man behind the 171 guest rooms, which combine a warm taupe and cream color scheme and funky furnishings, including leopard-print armchairs and red leather headboards. The 32 Suites (designed by Mercedes Gonzalez López-de-Carrizosa) offer living areas (with chaise longues), artwork in heavy gilt frames, and views of El Paseo de la Castellana. Food is at the heart of the hotel, and its showpiece is the two-Michelin-starred Santceloni restaurant, helmed by Spanish chef Oscar Velasco. Despite the accolades, it serves dishes to be enjoyed, not worshipped, and the intimate dining room has just 45 covers. The set menus are on the pricey side ($195 to $235); highlights include smoked ricotta ravioli with anchovies, olives and caviar, and white veal knuckle with creamed potato. Save room for the stupendous cheese board, which is loaded with more than 70 different types. For all-day dining, La Manzana serves laid-back seasonal dishes. For a digestif head to the Scotch Bar, where you can sip your way through 70 kinds of spirits, including an impressive selection of whiskies.
In the Area
Madrid’s main square, Plaza Mayor, is a short taxi ride away. Just off the square you’ll find Botin, reputedly the world’s oldest restaurant, and the San Miguel food market. The Avenue of Art is home to three of the world’s greatest museums: the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Take a tour of the Royal Palace, and don’t miss the Palacio de Comunicaciones (post office) to marvel at the exquisite architecture. For sports fans, majestic Bernabéu Stadium is within easy reach. For an urban stroll, head to Madrid Rio, a six-mile urban park that runs along the banks of the Manzanares River, built atop a sunken six-lane highway.
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I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights while on business trip to Madrid. The rooms were very comfortable and quite. The A/C unit functioned nicely, although the one in my room was a bit noisy (didn't keep me awake though). The rooms are spacious and quite.
I ate at the hotel bar twice (note that the restaurant, as well as surrounding restaurants, don't open until at least 8 PM). The food was good, although a bit pricey. Overall the taste was good as was the service.
Staff are friendly and speak good English. Overall I enjoyed my stay here and would give the hotel a solid 8 out of 10 points.
Great hotel with great service — very clean; responsive to requests; excellent locations with metro nearby so minutes to old city and to major parks; great breakfast; staff very, very courteous. Would highly recommend since it is quiet but not far from anything including the airport.
Stayed for 3 nights at Hesperia Madrid and must stay its an excellent property with absolutely high levels of services across front desk, concierge and food service.
Front desk helped me with lost and found service as I managed to loose my sun glasses on public transport. they were absolutely terrific in helping with it.
Concierge desk ladies were splendid as they helped chart entire itinerary as per my requests and helped with reservations.
The extra special was sending a white chocolate piece with museum picture on it to my room since I had not much time due to work to visit museums and that was really unforgettable and nice gesture.
Had breakfast only for a day and it was very well served and staff was very attentive. It was priced as expected at a property of this level, so no complaints.
Overall a great place esp for business trip.
I have reveiwed the property few times over the the past couple years. No change in view. For business purposes it is a good central location. The rooms are nice, though some can be on the smaller side. This time there were some issues with heating / AC. One person in our group had a room that was so hot he could not sleep. The front desk had an explanation, but I am not sure it made sense as the three in the group had no issues with the rooms. Special thank you for the guest services who organized a lovely flower bouquet for us.
What sets this hotel apart from the others in its class is their culture of service. Very warm and accomodating hotel staff remind us guests the very nature and essence of what hotel service should be. Kudos to Hesperia 👍