Hotel Sardinero Madrid
What We Love
- Free soft drinks from the minibar are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Excellent views of Madrid's skyline from the upper-level rooms and rooftop terrace
- Within walking distance of the city’s main artery, Gran Vía
What To Know
- Despite its central location, the hotel is in a quiet neighborhood
- Rooms are relatively small; Innside Rooms start at 204 square feet
- The library cocktail lounge serves tapas rather than full meals
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Architecturally, this hotel is a stunner both inside and out. Built in 1914 by Spanish architect Ignacio de Aldama Elorz, it’s a neoclassical gem in Madrid’s Chamberi district. Following an extensive revamp, it opened as the Innside Madrid Genova in January 2013 and successfully showcases original features (lofty ceilings, cast iron gates, stained glass windows) alongside modern updates including a chic cocktail lounge and a 24-hour gym.
Bed and Bath
The 65 guestrooms reflect the upscale Innside hotel chain’s signature style, with hardwood flooring, ivory linens, pastel curtains and a soothing nude-taupe-gray color scheme. White orchids feature in all rooms, and tech touches include iPod docks, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, and handy laptop trays to use in bed. If it weren’t for the restored crown moldings, you could easily forget that you’re sleeping in a 100-year-old building. The spa-like bathrooms feature wave-patterned tiles and tatami flooring.
The library cocktail lounge is a funky hodgepodge of neon yellow panels, graphic print wallpaper and gray chaise lounges topped with cyan and turquoise cushions. It offers an impressive cocktail menu and tapas dishes. The sixth-floor rooftop terrace is a quirky open-air lounge that offers a beautiful panorama of the city. With a smattering of outdoor sofas and multicolored deck chairs, it makes for a great chill-out spot in the summer. A small gym is available 24 hours a day.
In the Area
The Fuencarral shopping district, best known for its alternative boutiques and quirky second-hand stores, is a five-minute walk from the hotel. Admire the graffiti art in the underground district of Malasaña or go bar-hopping in the gay district of Chueca. The Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales is within easy reach of the hotel and is a fun option for families. The Alonso Martinez metro station is right at the hotel’s doorstep and provides access to all of Madrid’s top sights including the Prado, the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor.
How to Get There
We very much enjoyed our 4 night stay at the Hotel Sardinero. It is a small, clean, very comfortable boutique hotel with a pleasant and helpful staff. Our large room on the 5th floor had full-time access to a large outside terrace that was a nice place to sit in the late afternoon after a long day of sightseeing. The hotel neighborhood is just outside the city center within a reasonable walking distance of the great museums and other sights of Madrid, and has a nice mixture of the office buildings, apartments, shops and restaurants.
The Fismuler restaurant around the corner from the hotel was excellent and is reasonably priced for such high quality food. It is very popular with the locals and I am sure that we were the only tourists in the restaurant the night we were there.
The hotel breakfast was good, and while not elaborate, provided sufficient variety.
We would definitely recommend this hotel.
The hotel is fine, boutique type. I came in the morning, the room was not ready even than I asked for it beforehand. The room itself was very small and dark with windows to the small patio. Not great. The bathroom was fine. Nice lounge area. Breakfast was as expected but not surpassing expectations. Overall a reasonable choice but I am sure you can get a better hotel for the money.
Great location to museums. We stayed four nights here and preferred this over a more modern upscale hotels that we have stayed in the past two weeks. This hotel has lots of charm with two outdoor patios. Friendly and helpful staff. Clean and updated.