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
Right on Alcala square in the heart of Madrid, right across from Retiro park, this was a wonderful place to finish our European holiday.
The highly regarded hop-on, hop-off buses of Madrid are easily accessible from this hotel, the "modern" route stopping precisely out front of the hotel, and the "old-town" one just across the square, this is a great spot for accessing the highlights of Madrid. We chose this property because it is only a short walk to the Prado, which I highly recommend for any kind of art lover, even if you're just casually interested it is worth it just for the Velaquez, Goya, and Bosch... There's also an exquisite Caravaggio.
It was a pleasant treat to be greeted with a glass of champagne as we checked into our room. Outside is lively with outdoor bars and restaurants side by side, but inside the narrow entryway, it's very peaceful. Since it's a small hotel, we became acquainted quickly with the very personable staff. We could have spent hours just at El Retiro Park, "Madrid's Green Lung", directly across the street. However, we chose to walk to the museums and the historic parts of the city as well as nearby shopping. No need for a car!
Centered in the heart of all the sites, this upscale hotel blew us away. Huge rooms, with all the 5-star amenities. Full breakfast is included. The only minus is finding it – there is no obvious arrival area. After circling the block three times, we parked at the bus stop in front to unload. Staff parked our car: I-don’t-know-where, for a tidy fee. Everything we want to see is within 30 minutes walking distance of the hotel.