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
- 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
Just left after three perfect nights at this hotel. Everything was a really high standard, room, restaurant, plunge pool and Turkish bath.
The bed was very comfortable and the breakfast plentiful!
A special mention to Yolanda who was friendly, effective and so helpful.
Hope to return here.
We have just enjoyed the most beautiful four nights here at Hospes Puerto de Alcala and I cannot recommend this beautiful quiet luxurious retreat highly enough. Thank you to the fabulous staff especially Leticia who was so helpful and there front desk gentlemen who have wonderful restaurant recommendations. Fabulous breakfasts, wonderful spa, outstanding service.....what more can I say? Well done to the hard working, kind and generous staff.
Very nice design hotel close to the El Retiro Park.
Rooms are really pleasantly designed with luxurious bathrooms.
Restaurant for breakfast is really nice and with good choice of local specialties like ham and egg frittata.
They gave me a welcome snack and personnel is very nice. Check-in and check-out a bit slow and with some operational issues on the new keys.
Hotel is small and with a good athmosphere.
This hotel was a dream come true. The location on the northwest corner of Parque Retiro and at the Puerta de Acala which marks the end of the Gran Via and the southwest corner of the upscale shopping neighborhood Barrio Salamanca, not to mention steps from the Retiro metro stop... It was divine. The circle surrounding the Puerta de Acala is loaded with restaurants and bars with outdoor seating so you come home to a festive environment. Then you step into the lobby and you have a sense of eclectic luxury and tranquility. The rooms are a delightful mix of the old mansion this hotel was and modern décor. Add a wonderful, welcoming staff and you have one of our favorite stays ever. (By the way, David at the front desk was particularly helpful and seemed to be there all the time.)
I can’t rave enough about this hotel. We had a very large room with a modern tub and shower. The bed was very comfortable. The staff was extremely accommodating, especially Yolanda, who was outstanding. Several top-rated restaraunts in walking distance. We ate on property twice, sitting outside and enjoying the atmosphere. We had spa services which were excellent. I would recommend without hesitation, and the price for the room was surpringly reasonable. Would definitely stay here again.