Hospes Puerta de Alcalá
What We Love
- Handy in-room amenities (books on how to get a good night’s sleep and the oft-forgotten toothbrushes and razors)
- English-language newspapers
- Beds are full-size, rather than the usual combined Twin at most European boutique hotels
What To Know
- The hotel overlooks Parque de Retiro (Madrid’s answer to Central Park)
- Minibars are stocked with popular local drinks and snacks
- The spa has only one treatment room, so be sure to book massages in advance
- Free WiFi
- The Metro is excellent and costs about $2 per ride; the closest stop, Retiro, is steps from the hotel’s entrance
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Housed in an 1883 red brick row house with beautiful French windows and wrought iron balconies, the boutique Hospes Puerta de Alcalá overlooks the Parque de Retiro (Madrid’s answer to Central Park) and the Plaza de la Independencia, with its impressive marble monument ringed by rows of speeding traffic. The all-white lobby has beautiful crown molding, crystal chandeliers wrapped in modern silver domes and tall gold banquettes. At check-in a free glass of sparkling wine (or water) sets the tone for the friendly and intuitive service.
Bed & Bath
Small and charming, all 41 guestrooms have fluffy beds topped with rosy throw pillows, high design modular lamps and Victorian lounge chairs. The bathrooms are well equipped, with plush robes, slippers and Korres natural products, and some even have oversize Roca tubs. Alongside the usual lineup of sodas and drinks, the minibars offer popular local snacks including San Nicasio extravirgin olive oil chips, which hail from Priego de Córdoba, in Andalusia.
There’s a small business center and free WiFi throughout the hotel. For those looking to disconnect, the intimate Bodyna Madrid spa has an indoor pool, a turkish bath and a relaxation room, and offers a handful of massage treatments. Downstairs, Independencia Restaurant is frequented by stylish Spaniards who like to sit at the café tables that spill out around the plaza’s marble sidewalks. Join them for bowls of gazpacho and plates of manchego cheese, and toast your time in Madrid — and your stay at the fashionable Hospes — with a glass of white Rioja.
In the Area
El Viejo Madrid is a classic Spanish restaurant on Cava Baja, a street well known for its tapas bars. Order steak and huevos estrellados, or eggs served with garlic aioli and french fries. Stop by the Mercado de San Miguel for a market-style dining experience. Sample glasses of wine, fresh oysters, mussels, whole shrimp and desserts such as churros y chocolate: tasty fried dough that you dip in hot chocolate. For evening or late night cocktails, head straight to the rooftop of El Viajero. The city views pair well with their famous mojitos. For Spain’s famous espadrilles, visit Antigua Casa Crespo, which opened its doors in 1836. The fashionable canvas shoes come in a rainbow of colors.
How to Get There
The hotel is well located in salamanca district of Madrid,across the road from the park. Staff were so friendly and helpful, building stunning and so clean inside, really enjoyed our stay. Would highly recommend
We had 3 days in Madrid. Hotel was in a great location and we had a quiet room. No views and not ideal for families. We had our teenage daughter with us. She had the pull out sofa to sleep on. It was so uncomfortable she put the mattress on the floor to sleep on. Because of the design of the room the mattress was in front of the large Bathroom area which meant we had to walk over her bed to use the bathroom. There was no privacy for our daughter and she had to put her suitcase on the floor in the marble floor in the bathroom area. We also found the indoor pool disappointing and the lay out of the hotel was confusing to get around. We did really appreciate the help from a male concierge member who had his own personal copies on the sites to see in Madrid and restaurants to eat at they he recommended.
I am a well seasoned traveler with over a million miles on both United and American Airlines. I lived in Europe for 5 years so have a good understanding of what is out there in terms of accommodations. I have been to Madrid numerous times and find this hotel to be one of the best I have stayed at for the money. It is adjacent to one of the most beautiful and largest park in the entire city. It is also right on one of the main roundabouts called Puerta de Alcala (hence the name of the hotel) with outdoor dining and bars that are fun to eat, drink and relax at. The hotel is clean, well appointed and rooms are large and comfortable. Bathrooms are large with all the amenities. Our room had large tall ceilings with equally tall windows opening onto views of the city. Hop on hop off buses stop in front and it is easy access via walking to the best fashion stores in all of Madrid. My only negative and the reason I gave it 4 vs. 5 stars is the reception staff was not that service oriented; seemed you had to pull them away from what they were doing to assist you. The outdoor eateries however, as noted are a delight and from which people watching is fantastic. Enjoy!
The hotel is very good located. The personal is very warm and attentive. The rooms are very big for European standards. The hotel smells nice! The breakfast buffet is very good, the hotel is very beautiful.
The location just at the Puerta de Alcala, well located, decoration, love to detail and room amenities are well presented. Breakfast is very good and nicely ass presented, employees in al departments very attentive and welcomes you warmelly, helpful for any doubt. Spa, gym and pool is well integrated in this old renewed place. A great stay! To return for sure!